Mindfulness Meditation - location and time change

Starting Nov. 4, Mindfulness Meditation led by Adi Bemak and Peggy Gillespie will be from 4-5 pm in the Wa Shin An on the first floor of  Eliot House.  No experience required.

Celebrating the Birth of Baha'u'lla'h

The Baha'is of Mount Holyoke and South Hadley are very excited to be hosting the celebration of the Birth of Baha'u'llah for the region. This will be in Abbey Memorial Chapel at 2:00 pm on November 14, 2015.

Our guest speaker is Louis Venters, who will be drawing on his research on the history of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina to speak on "Race, Religion, and Visions of America's Future."

Beginning over a century ago, members of the Baha’i Faith in South Carolina defied white supremacy and religious orthodoxy to build their state’s first truly interracial religious movement.No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina’s Baha’i Community (University Press of Florida, 2015) is the first book to explore this hitherto untold story of civil rights and religious radicalism in the heart of the Jim Crow order.  

Louis Venters, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at Francis Marion University and a consultant in the fields of historic preservation and cultural resource management. He serves on the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the State Board of Review of the National Register of Historic Places. He blogs on issues related to race, religion, history, and culture at

Our celebration will also include the music of the Mtali Banda quartet. Among the pieces they will play is a version of the chant that Baha'u'llah and others chanted while imprisoned in the Siyah-Chal, an underground prison near the palace of the Shah. Mtali Banda's music can be found here

Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome —students, staff, faculty—to all of our events.

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.

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