Title

The little-known Green Acre Baha'i School in Eliot includes a retreat and confer

Authors

Tess Thompson

Source

Down East

Date

4-1-2005

Pages

80-83, 110-111

Abstract

The little-known Green Acre Baha'i School in Eliot includes a retreat and conference center. The Japanese peace delegation visited Green Acre following the signing of the Russo-Japanese peace Treaty at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in August 1905, and this Aug. 28, that visit will be re-enacted. In Maine, there are 2,000 Baha'i, a non-sectarian religion holding that all great religions share the same divine urge. Baha'is do not establish churches. Green Acre, one of nine local assemblies in Maine, is co-directed by James Sacco and his wife Jeannine. With a profile of Sarah Jane Farmer (1847-1916), the charismatic founder of Green Acre, who grew up in the company of women such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman and who dedicated Green Acre to the causes of peace and spiritual unity in 1894. The name, "Green Acre," was suggested by poet John Greenleaf Whittier on a visit. Green Acre has some 12,000 visitors a year.

Subjects

Green Acre Eliot

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