May-June Events 2018

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

In May we are celebrating the Holy Day of the Declaration of The Báb – the Divine Herald of Bahá’u’lláh – on May 23.  The Holy Day begins two hours and eleven minutes after sunset on May 23, which is the exact time at which The Báb (meaning “the Gate”) declared himself to be a Divine Messenger of God, bringing a renewal of God’s eternal revelation.  Read more HERE.

Film Showing: “The Gate-Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith” Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm, 33950 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  “As the world suffers from the divisive forces of strife and intolerance, a new Faith advocates the oneness of humanity’s major religions as a path toward world peace.  “The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith” is the groundbreaking documentary that tells the amazing, true story of the Prophet Herald known as The Báb, His message and the origins of a new era in world religion.” (from the film’s official site  Free admission.  Please do visit the event site at to obtain free tickets.  Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Gladstone.  Location is 1/4 mile beyond Nine Star Ranch, on the opposite side of the road.

Holy Day, Wednesday, May 23, 10:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035.  For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.

Holy Day, Wednesday, May 23, 10:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  For more information, please call 503 289-6331.

Dialog: Social Justice, Mondays, May 21, June 4, June 18, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035.  Everyone is welcome to these discussions of Bahá’í solutions relating to social justice issues. For more information, please call Jan at 971-328-0909.

Interfaith Devotions:  Thursdays, May 24, May 31, June 7, 10:00-11:30 am, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035.  Love, fellowship, prayer.  The Bahá’í Bookstore will also be open from 10- 11:30 am. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.

Devotions: Thursday, May 24, 10:00-11:00 am, North Amherst St, call for address.  Please feel welcome to come and bring children and friends to our informal devotions. For more information, please call Andrea and Manning at 503-267-9850.

Interfaith Prayers for Peace:  Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-9:30 pm, Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030.  Please join our interfaith prayer vigil at the Gresham Library.  Feel free to bring prayers, music, poetry, and other expressions of peace as we seek to build community in troubled times.  Children welcome.  (Monthly on the first Tuesday.)

Film Showing: “The Gate-Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith” Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm (doors open 6:20), Empirical Theater, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.  This screening includes a Q&A session with the film’s executive producer Steve Sarowitz.  “He is Founder and Chairman of Paylocity (Nasdaq: PCTY), a leading U.S. provider of payroll and HR solutions. In addition, Steve also serves as CEO of Blue Marble, an international payroll provider, and as Director of Payescape, a UK payroll provider. He is also an international philanthropist with an interest in promoting unity and promoting universal education and advocating for the elimination of racism, sexism, nationalism and religious prejudice.  He also serves on the board of NCAT, an organization that builds state-of-the art training centers in urban areas. He and his wife have a family foundation which supports over 50 worthy causes worldwide, including programs helping orphans, foster children, refugees and many other people in need.  Steve graduated from the University of Illinois in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. While at the U of I, he often ran barefoot through campus. He is still an avid runner, a member of the Chicago Area Runners Association Hall of Fame and a 3-time winner of the MSE Division of the Chicago Chase Corporate Challenge. Steve was raised Jewish and first heard of the Baha’i Faith at the Jewish Student Center while a student at U of I. Many years later, he began studying the Baha’i Faith and declared as a Baha’i in February 2015. Three days after declaring as a Baha’i, a friend recommended that Steve make a film about the Baha’i Faith. Steve immediately began a new career in the film industry. He helped fund and promote the documentaries He Named Me Malala and Rosenwald. He served as Executive Producer for the award-winning documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Steve is currently producing ‘The Gate’, a groundbreaking documentary about the founding of the Baha’i Faith.” (from the official film site)
Admission and parking are free with online registration:
Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Portland.

There are several devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at both the Portland and Beaverton Bahá’í Centers.  To see more of the activities each week, please visit the website calendar at for a listing of discussion gatherings, devotionals, children’s classes, and youth activities.  The website is the place to check for last-minute changes in events!
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To watch the 50-minute film Light to the World, about the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the impact of His teachings on people around the world, go to or  click HERE.