“BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE, 27 August 2018, (BWNS) — This week marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Baha’u’llah in the Holy Land, the last banishment in a series of exiles decreed by two monarchs. The Akka/Haifa area has since become the spiritual and administrative center of the Baha’i world, home to the community’s holiest sites.
“This exile was an act of oppression and injustice and persecution, but Baha’u’llah turned this act of oppression into a journey of humanity toward spirituality and freedom,” explains Nader Saiedi, Professor of Iranian Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. “This time becomes the main turning point in the mission of Baha’u’llah and, in a sense, a turning point in the cultural history of humanity.”
The Baha’i World News Service is publishing a series of podcasts about the 150th anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s arrival in the Holy Land. This brief article is the introduction to the first of the podcast episodes.” Listen to the podcast and read more here.
Devotions: SE Portland, Wednesday Sept. 5, 6:30 pm. We love to meet new people and look forward to seeing you at our monthly interfaith devotional program followed by a potluck dinner. For more information, please call the Moshtael-Hill family, 503-282-0783.
Dialog: “To Be Awakened” Friday Sept. 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035. What does it mean to be awakened? How do we awaken? We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs to join us Friday, 7 September as we explore the concept and journey of spiritual awakening. We’ll have light refreshments and mingling at 7:00 pm and begin our group conversation around 7:30 pm. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.
Devotions: Every Sunday, 9:30-11:00 am, Beaverton Bahá’í Center, 5355 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. Each multi-faith devotional program features readings on a theme, musical interludes, and a period for personal prayer. Following refreshments there is an informal discussion of the Bahá’í Faith and related topics. Please join us! No collection is taken, dress is informal. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study: “The Dawn-Breakers” Every Sunday, 10:00-1:00 pm, The New Center, 33950 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Small group study of “The Dawn-Breakers” book: history written very soon after the tragic and triumphant beginning of the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths. Everyone welcome; extra copies of the book will be available. Facilitated By David House. For more information please call Farah at 503 925-9909.
Devotions: Every Sunday, 10:30-12:00 pm, Portland Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203. Interfaith devotional service, open house, and social interaction in a spiritual environment. Also a time for anyone to share prayers and readings. Please join us! Children are welcome! Doors are open at 10 a.m. and coffee/tea will be ready. Come early for discussion and fellowship. Begin your week with joy and exultation! No collection is taken, dress is informal. For more information, please call 503 289-6331.
There are many devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area. Bahá’í Center of Lake Oswego hosts many events each month. To see more of the activities, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.org 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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