Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (updated)

For the complete calendar of bicentennial events, click HERE.
For the complete calendar of metro-area events, click HERE.

With hearts full of love and excitement, Bahá’ís welcome the world to a global celebration! Events large and small, casual and formal, will be held throughout the metropolitan area for all people to commemorate a momentous birth: that of the most recent of the Divine Messengers of God, Bahá’u’lláh. The lives of millions of Bahá’ís demonstrate the ennobling effects of putting these teachings revolving around the unity of humanity into practice.  Fresh outpourings of guidance for all humanity offer a path forward to a just and peaceful world.  At the heart of these festivities is our hope to convey how worship and meaningful service are being woven into the fabric of the lives of Bahá’ís everywhere, and to showcase the communities that we, along with our neighbors, are helping to build.  These are some of the events, all of which are free and welcoming to all; here is the complete calendar.

Dialog: A Unifying Vision; Sunday Oct. 15, 12:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  For more information, please call Leonard at 503 863-0827.

Bicentennial Celebration; Wednesday Oct. 18, 7:00 pm, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg, OR 97132.  “Raising Awareness of the Oneness We Share as Human Beings”  Kevin Locke, world-renowned indigenous hoop dancer, traditional storyteller, player of the northern plains flute, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator, and 1990 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, will be featured in this event. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe, and has performed in over 90 countries over the past 40 years. Admission is free.  For more information, please call 503 474-7989.

Bicentennial Celebration; Thursday Oct. 19, 7:00 pm, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97230.  Song, prayers, and screening of the bicentenary film “Light to the World.”  For more information please contact Greg at 503-313-5651.

Dialog: The Life of Bahá’u’lláh; Friday Oct. 20, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  For more information, please call Maura at 503 449-1518.

Saturday October 21 Bicentennial Celebrations:

11:00 am-1:00 pm,  Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.

1:00-4:30 pm, Cedar Mill Community Library Main, 12505 NW Cornell Rd #13, Portland, OR 97229.

4:30-6:30 pm, King City Civic Association, 15245 SW 116th Ave, King City OR 97224.

5:30-8:00 pm, Hillsboro Civic Center, S. Huffman Aud., 150 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123.

6:00-8:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 5355 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005.

6:00-7:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.

6:30-8:30 pm, Mt. Hood CC Visual Arts Theater, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham OR 97030.  This celebration will include music, dance, and presentations on the life of Baha’u’llah and His mission.  For more information, please call Shane at 503-265-9488.

6:30-8:00 pm, Clark College, Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA 98663.

7:00-9:00 pm, Gladstone Senior Center, Portland Ave, Gladstone, OR 97027.  The renewal of religion in the message of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh and the revolutionary nature of their message will be the theme of speaker Steven Phelps.

7:00-8:30, Newberg.  For more information, please call Don at 503-557-8019.

Sunday October 22 Bicentennial Celebrations:

1:00-4:00 pm, Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201.  “Light of Unity Festival” A joyous historic celebration marking 200 years since the birth of Bahá’ú’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The program will include live music, cultural dances, and inspiring presentations about the life and sacred mission of Bahá’ú’lláh and His vision of the unity of humanity. Keynote speaker:  Mr. Hooper Dunbar, retired member of the Universal House of Justice, the world administrative body of the Faith. Also featuring Mr. Steven Phelps, the uplifting and reverent program will include multimedia productions and exhibits on the history of the Faith. At the heart of these festivities is our hope to convey how worship and meaningful service are being woven into the fabric of the lives of Bahá’ís everywhere, and to showcase the communities that we are helping to build along with our neighbors. Everyone is most warmly invited! This is a free event.

1:00-3:00 pm, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116.  For more information, please call Leslie at 503-504-4228 or Roger at 503-504-3558.

November Events:

Bicentennial Film “Light to the World” Saturday Nov. 4, 7:00-9:00 pm, Newberg. For more information, please call Don at 503-557-8019.

Bicentennial Celebration; Sunday Nov. 5, 2:30-4:30 pm, Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  Presentations about the life and sacred mission of Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings for the attainment of peace and the building of a new global civilization.  All are welcome!  Free admission. Please arrive early. For more information, please contact www.wilsonvillebahai.com.

There are a variety of activities every month, with several devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at the Portland and Beaverton Bahá’í Centers.  To see more of the many activities each week in the area, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.org for a listing of prayer gatherings, children’s classes, youth activities, and introductory discussion gatherings.  The website is the place to check for last-minute changes in events!
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