LEWISTON — Wellspring Multifaith of L/A is inviting the public to its presentation of the Baha’i faith through the personal faith journey of Parivash and Nasser Rohani from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church, 757 Summer St.

Parivash was still in high school when she witnessed the Iranian revolution in her native country. Her home was burned down: she and cousins together fled the country to seek refuge in India.

Nasser Rohani, also born in Iran, left there for India to pursue higher education at the age of 18 and lived there for 11 years. He completed pre-Ph.D studies in village cooperative banking from Osmania University. After the Iranian revolution, Nasser was unable to go back to Iran, due to his religious affiliation, the Baha’i faith. The Baha’is are persecuted by the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Iran.

In 1983, Parivash and Nasser met, married and two years later moved to the U.S., living first in California and soon relocating to Maine. Parivash pursued education in nursing, and has worked as a registered nurse for the past 30 years. Nasser works at the information services department of L. L. Bean Inc. as a computer programmer. Parivash and Nasser have four children, two of whom are working and two of whom are still in college.


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