BFF, the German Baha’i Women’s Forum, and the German National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’ís are pleased to invite you!
COMMEMORATIVE WEEKEND HONORING THE GREATEST HOLY LEAF
75 Years after the Ascension of Bahiyyih Khanum
28th to 30th SEPTEMBER, 2007
DR. JANET KHAN, from HAIFA, in Hofheim/Taunus and Langenhain near FRANKFURT/Main on the occasion of her newly published book “Prophet’s Daughter” in German.
— Friday, 28th September at 8.00 p.m. —
Public Talk by Dr. Janet Khan in Hofheim/Taunus – A contribution to the current gender discussion
LEADERSHIP COMPETENCE: “HUMILITY AND INTENSE WILL“
Bahiyyih Khanum as a role model for humanity
— Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th September —
DR. JANET KHAN / HAIFA and COUNSELOR SABA KHABIRPOUR
at the National Baha’i Centre and the European House of Worship in Langenhain near Frankfurt
”FOLLOW ON HER FOOTSTEPS“
A Culture of Growth in the Path of the Greatest Holy Leaf
— Saturday, 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. —
* LIFE AND WORK OF THE GREATEST HOLY LEAF
* BAHIYYIH KHANUM – ARCHETYPE OF THE PEOPLE OF BAHA
– – – Resilience – Humility & Intense Will – Accepting Responsibility
* ROLE MODEL FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN
— Saturday, 8.00 p.m. CULTURAL PROGRAMME
— Sunday, 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
* THE LEGACY OF THE GREATEST HOLY LEAF TO THE ENFOLDMENT OF THE BAHA’I FAITH
– – – An Ever-Advancing Civilisation
– – – Creating a Culture of Growth
– – – Fostering a Culture of Change
– – – What do we need in Germany today (and elsewhere)?
— Sunday, 3.00 p.m. Devotional Gathering at the European House of Worship
– Children’s Programme
– Junior Youth Programme – with a Presentation by Dr. Janet Khan
For details, please check the Bahá’í Nachrichten, Intranet und http://www.bahai.de/bff before the conference
75 Years after Her Ascension:
Commemoration Service for the Greatest Holy Leaf
28th – 30h September: Dr. Janet Khan from Haifa in Hofheim/Taunus and Frankfurt/Langenhain
Once again BFF – the German Baha’i Women’s Forum – has succeeded in inviting Dr Janet A. Khan from Haifa to visit the German Baha’i Community. She will be the main speaker, assisted by Counsellor Saba Khabirpour and others, at a great gathering in honour and appreciation of the Greatest Holy Leaf that will take place on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of her ascension (15th July, 1932). In the context of a public talk on Friday, 28th September in Hofheim/Taunus and at the commemorative service in Langenhain near Frankfurt on Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th September, 2007, Dr. Janet Khan will also present her new book, “Prophet’s Daughter”, published by the German Baha’i-Publishing Trust with the title “Bahiyyih Khanum – Leben und Vermächtnis einer herausragenden Frauengestalt des Baha’i-Glaubens”. The translation was provided by the Baha’i Women’s Forum.
Janet Khan examines the remarkable story of a woman who shaped the course of religious history – and the impact and significance she has for our time, for us as Baha’is, and, generally, for men and women who seek creative ways to deal with social change and the pressures and demands of contemporary life and who want to actively contribute to the process of an ever- advancing civilization.
The talk on Friday in Hofheim/Taunus will examine in particular the leadership qualities of Bahiyyih Khanum, with a focus on the two key qualities Humility and Intense Will, and thus will provide for an important contribution to the ongoing gender discussion.
The conference on Saturday and Sunday in Langenhain near Frankfurt goes beyond the appreciation and acknowledgement of the life and work of the Greatest Holy Leaf, of whom Shoghi Effendi attested that she ”exemplified perhaps more than anyone the true spirit that animates His teachings”. The talks and workshops will consider Shoghi Effendi’s invitation “to follow on her footsteps” – for it was his sincere hope that our love for the Greatest Holy Leaf would attain such depth and intensity as to enable us to follow on her footsteps and to carry out with increasing devotion and vigour all that she cherished so much during the entire course of her earthly life. In the face of the growing tasks of our community it is most comforting that Shoghi Effendi promises that the memory of her saintly life will undoubtedly sustain and feed our energies and will provide us with that spiritual potency of which we are all in such a great need.* – In short, we want to examine how Bahiyyih Khanum’s attributes, her deeds and the spirit she radiated can become a role model for us, for men as well as for women – especially when we want to contribute to an ever-advancing civilization, especially with our current task as a Baha’i community to create a culture of growth.
Author Janet A. Khan succeeds in arousing love and respect for the Greatest Holy Leaf, and she demonstrates in beautifully clear language the immense significance of this greatest woman of the Baha’i Faith and of her example in today’s world. At the International Conference in 2001 in Germany Dr. Janet Khan gave talks, together with her husband, the member of the Universal House of Justice Dr. Peter Khan, on the occasion of the presentation of their book ‘Advancement of Women’, published in 2001 as ‘Fortschritt der Frauen’ by the German Baha’i Publishing Trust. At that time 700 guests travelled from far and near. Those who had the opportunity to hear those talks, will be especially happy to listen once more to Janet A. Khan. Dr. Khan is a member of the Research Department at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel, and holds a doctorate in counselling. Her research interests include gender issues, the role of women in religion, aspects of social change, and the evolution of the Baha’i system of administration.
* Based on an extract from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, 29 May 1933, in: Bahiyyih Khanum, The Greatest Holy Leaf, p. 92