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This Sunday: 5th Annual K. D. Irani Memorial Lecture

5th Annual K. D. Irani Memorial Lecture

Sunday December 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM EST

This lecture shall be an in-person event at our Dar-E-Mehr with live simulcast on ZOOM for our out of town attendees.
Please RSVP for in-person attendance by clicking on the link so that we can have an accurate count for lunch: https://zagny.org/rsvp-for-2022-k-d-irani-memorial-lecture/

A Journey in Faith: Education and the Good Mind

Keynote Speaker

Professor K. D. Irani’s teaching, writing, and scholarship challenged each of us to think, learn and grow at the highest levels of philosophy and belief, in order to access and apply these broad understandings in our day to day lives.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Anne Khademian, an academic, educational leader, and member of the ZAMWI community, will share her journey to Zoroastrianism and the inspiration and guidance of Vohuman, the Good Mind, in working for greater educational equity through access, affordability, and value for all learners.

Panel Discussion

The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion with youth members, some who grew up knowing Kaikhosrov and Piroja from a very young age.

Aysha Ghadiali is an international policy advisor for the U.S. Forest Service. She represents the United States government negotiating sustainable forest management policies at multilateral organizations and agencies of the United Nations. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a pedestrian and traffic safety advocate in Washington, DC.
 Kayhan Irani is an Emmy-award winning writer, a performer, and a cultural activist. She creates storytelling spaces to build community and re-connect participants to their innate creative power. She is the granddaughter of Irani migrants to India, on her father’s side, and Parsis from Jamshedpur and Bombay on her mother’s side. She was born in Bombay and raised in New York City where she still lives with her husband and son.
 Freyaz Shroff is the founder of one of India’s first Not for Profit, Youth for Youth Peer Mentorship Education Models focused at the College Level. She brings together youth from financially affluent homes and youth living below the poverty level to create first generation college graduates and exceptional levels of sustainable growth in income, redefining living conditions. She has addressed the United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW) in 2012, and so have her students 2021 and 2022. She is also the recipient of the Jamshed Pavri Humanitarian Award.

ZOOM Details

Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82006444870?pwd=UWt1SHVRaDFhS0JDQ3V3ZGtER213dz09
Meeting ID: 820 0644 4870
Passcode: 044066

 

Upcoming SSZ Conference

Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago proudly hosts the

2022 Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) Conference

supported by Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA) & World Zoroastrian Organization

at the
Rustam Guiv Dar-e-Mehr
8615 Meadowbrook Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
on
Friday November 18 – Saturday November 19, 2022

Online attendance is available only for the Scholar Lecture / Meeting Sessions.

Registration

All community members, students, scholars and members of interfaith communities are invited and encouraged to participate.  Suggested donation is $10.  This will include dinner on Friday and breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Saturday.  Please RSVP (for Friday and Saturday separately) by November 10, 2022 to SSZ co-Director & Secretary Pervin Taleyarkhan (pervin.taleyarkhan@zamc.org).

To participate online please register here:

Online Attendance Registration

2022 SSZ Conference Program

FRIDAY – November 18, 2022
6:00    Meet and Greet
Welcome — Jamshed Rivetna (ZAC President)
7:00    Keynote Address – Prof. Dan Sheffield
8:00    Dinner.

SATURDAY – November 19, 2022

Conference Chair:  Prof. Dan Sheffield

8:30    Registration and Breakfast
9:00    Benediction – Mobedyar Boman Damkevala
Monajat – Mani Rao
Welcome — Jamshed Rivetna (ZAC President)
Welcome, Intro to SSZ, and Annual Report – Zal Taleyarkhan (SSZ President)
Morning Session – Scholarly Symposium conducted by Prof. Dan Sheffield and Zal Taleyarkhan
Session Chairs: Afshan Barshan & Sheroy Gonda
9:30    Opening Address: – Prof. Dan Sheffield introduced by Zal Taleyarkhan
10:00 Dr. Kerman Daruwalla – The History of Zoroastrian Priests in India
10:45  Dr. Benedikt Peschl – Zoroastrian Middle Persian Literature and its Relation to the Avesta: current research perspectives.
11:30  Prof. Dan Sheffield – The Pahlavi Book of Religious Decrees: a Forgotten Source for the History of Medieval Zoroastrianism.

12:15 Lunch & Reflection on Morning Session

Afternoon Session – Community-Led Scholarly Works
Session Chair:  Kamal Saher
1:00    Ervad Tehemton Mirza – Nature’s Spirituality (Online IZS class)
2:15    Meheryar Rivetna – Everything You Wanted to Know About the Younger Avesta (But Were Afraid To Ask)
3:00    Coffee break
3:15    Afternoon Panel: Moderator Dr. Persis Driver, Panelists: Delna Balsara, Sarosh Irani, Teshtar Irani, Vispi Karkaria: — Contemporary Identity and the Role of Intergenerational Memory in the Zoroastrian Diaspora
4:30    Networking with hors-d’oeuvres and drinks

SUNDAY – November 20, 2022

9:00    Roundtable to discuss SSZ Future Plans
10:00  Jashan Demonstration with Audience Participation — Er. Tehemton Mirza (Dean, NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies) with support from other Mobeds.

About the SSZ.  The Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) is an initiative to promote study and scholarship of the Religion of Zarathushtra.  The mission of the Society is to revive the tradition of scholarship within our community among athornans and behdins alike, and to promote interaction among academicians, theologians (priests), educationists, lay scholars and practitioners of Zoroastrianism, through roundtable discussions, conferences and publications.

History of SSZ Conferences.
  SSZ Conferences have been held since 2006, when noted scholars and students present their research papers.  To encourage Zoroastrian studies within the community, these SSZ conferences also include sessions delivered by community members, especially the next-generation. Persons/Associations interested in the mission and vision of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism, are invited to host future Conferences in their areas.  The organizers enjoy complete autonomy in regard to programming and organizing the Conference.

All community members, students, scholars and members of interfaith communities are invited and encouraged to participate.  Your presence gives support to the speakers, and your feedback is invaluable so that future research efforts may be directed in a constructive manner for the benefit of both the academicians as well as the community.

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies – Upcoming Lectures and Courses

NAMC institute of Zoroastrian Studies
We are excited to announce our upcoming lectures and courses:
      Course – An Introduction to Zoroastrianism – September 10 to October 8, 2022 – Saturdays @ 2:00 pm EDT
      Online Lecture – Gahambars in Zoroastrianism – by Mobedyar Jamshid Pouresfandiary – September 11, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
                                 
      Podcast on Gahambars – See attachment for Spotify link
      Online Lecture – How & Why of Nirang – by Ervad Bomanshaw Sanjana – September 25, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
                                  
      Course – Basic Zoroastrian Prayers – Refresher – October 15 to November 12, 2022 – Saturdays @ 2:00 pm EDT
      Discussion Group – Zoroastrianism Outside the Box – Conversion? – October 23, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
                               
      Course – Ecology in Zoroastrianism – November 19 to December 17, 2022 – Saturdays @ 2:00 pm EST
For enrollment in any course, request a ‘Registration Form’ for that particular course  – email: registrar@namcmobeds.org
Associations and Organizations:   Please forward this announcement including attachments to all your members.  Thank you.
North American Mobeds Council
This is a revised version of our announcement sent on August 30, 2022.
The Zoom links for our Online Lecture scheduled on Sept. 25 and the Discussion Group presentation on Oct. 23, 2022, have been revised. For your convenience, we have added the zoom links in the body of the message below.  Also, the registrar’s email address given below has been corrected.
NAMC institute of Zoroastrian Studies
We are excited to announce our upcoming lectures and courses:
      Course – An Introduction to Zoroastrianism – September 10 to October 8, 2022 – Saturdays @ 2:00 pm EDT
      Online Lecture – Gahambars in Zoroastrianism – by Mobedyar Jamshid Pouresfandiary – September 11, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
                                   (See the attachment for details)

                                    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82432181448?pwd=Mjh5dDJHOFJ2SmNBMXJqeXZqdnRTQT09

                                    Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448

Passcode: NAMCIZS

 

Podcast on Gahambars – See attachment for Spotify link

      Online Lecture – How & Why of Nirang – by Ervad Bomanshaw Sanjana – September 25, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
                                    (See the attachment for details)

                                    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82432181448?pwd=Mjh5dDJHOFJ2SmNBMXJqeXZqdnRTQT09

                                    Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448

Passcode: NAMCIZS

      Course – Basic Zoroastrian Prayers – Refresher – October 15 to November 12, 2022 – Saturdays @ 2:00 pm EDT
      Discussion Group – Zoroastrianism Outside the Box – Conversion? – October 23, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
                                        (See the attachment for details)

                                    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82432181448?pwd=Mjh5dDJHOFJ2SmNBMXJqeXZqdnRTQT09

 

                                            Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448

Passcode: NAMCIZS

 

      Course – Ecology in Zoroastrianism – November 19 to December 17, 2022 – Saturdays @ 2:00 pm EST
For enrollment in any course, request a ‘Registration Form’ for that particular course  – email: registrar.izs@namcmobeds.org
Associations and Organizations:   Please forward this announcement including attachments to all your members.  Thank you.

Parsi Calendar For Kids – 2022-2023

🥳🥳The Parsi Calendar For Kids – 2022-2023 is now available! A special gift for Navroze 🥳🥳
Link for purchase in the US https://www.etsy.com/listing/1248567651/
Prints are limited. Please book yours today.
🌼 Get a calendar for your kids and grandkids
🌼Order bulk copies for your Sunday Schools
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🌟🌟Parsi Calendar For Kids – 2022-2023🌟🌟
Prints are limited. Please book yours today.
🌼 Get a calendar for your kids and grandkids
🌼Order bulk copies for your Sunday Schools
🌼 Share this with anyone who might enjoy this calendar (adults included!)

Let us celebrate Now Ruz the ZOROASTRIAN WAY

For the last 1401 years, our brethren in the homeland of Zarathustra have been under pressure. To be able to celebrate their ancient festivals they have at times de-Zoroastrianized it and at other times camouflaged it.

A 21st-century example is the celebration of the Espandegan festival see poster attached. It is common knowledge that when the name of the Day and the name of the Month coincide that day is celebrated as a festival. So Espandegan should be celebrated in the Month of Espand on the Day of Espand. According to the attached poster it is celebrated in the month of Bahman ۲۹ بهمن.  Ignoring the customs under duress is understandable and is not the question here. The point here is, those of us who live in the free world let us not copy them but do what is right, celebrate the Festivals in the Zoroastrian way. Therefore  

  1. Let us NOT CELEBRATE the 1401 or the 1371st year of the fall of the Persian Empire 
  2. Let us instead celebrate the 3760 years of the teaching of Zarathushtra
  3. Let us spread the Now Ruz table that reminds us of the teaching of Zarathushtra as in the Gathas not the medical qualities of Garlic (Seer) Apple (Seeb) etc. 
  4. Let us learn about and honour the HEROES who fought for the honour of our sisters and children.

CLICK ON EACH ITEM AND READ ABOUT THEM.

Thanks

With Regards

Fariborz Rahnamoon

http://gathas.ca/ 

http://www.ancientiran.com

http://zarathushticalendar.com/

 

NAMC – Upcoming Courses

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

 

Upcoming Courses – Spring and Summer 2022

 

Dates Topic  
February 14,2022 to

March 19,2022

Zoroastrianism in Zoroastrian Dynasties  
March 21,2022 to

April 23, 2022

Basic Zoroastrian Prayers – Recital and Meaning  
May 2,2022 to

June 4, 2022

Zoroastrianism in Post-Sassanian Iran  
June 6,2022 to

July 16, 2022

Shahnameh  
September 5, 2022 to

October 8, 2022

An Introduction to Zoroastrianism  

 

 

For Course information please visit
https://namcmobeds.org/IZS-Courses/

Non-Zoroastrians’ names in Zoroastrian prayers?

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

Discussion Group – Zoroastrianism outside the Box

Sunday, January 23, 2022,  at 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Topic: Non-Zoroastrians’ names in Zoroastrian prayers?

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82255067379?pwd=VkI2VDlJa1hyVzdKNUZoRjFsYWxzUT09

                        Meeting ID:  822 5506 7379            Passcode: NAMCIZS

Could non-Zoroastrians’ names be recited in Zoroastrian prayers and rituals? Are there scriptural restrictions? Are Zoroastrians prohibited from offering prayers for their dearly departed non-Zoroastrian spouse or loved ones? Do meaning of prayers make it inappropriate?  – Let us discuss.

 

Presenter: Ervad Poras Balsara

 Ervad Poras T. Balsara is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).    He has been actively serving the Zoroastrian community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a volunteer Mobed and in several other capacities.

 

This event is facilitated by the NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies to promote knowledge through free but respectful discussion and debate.  The views and opinions expressed during this discussions are those of the presenter and participants and do not reflect the official policy or position of the NAMC.

For more information, please visit https:/namcmobeds.org/

 

 

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