November Events 2018

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

Concert and Stories, Friday Nov. 2, 6:30 pm doors open, 7:00 concert, The New Center; 33950 SW Ladd Hill Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  Original songs and stories from musician, singer, and songwriter Luke Slott, on tour from Ireland. Admission is free. CDs will be for sale. Donations to the performer will be gratefully accepted. For more information please call Farah Ramchandani at 503 925-9909.
“The spiritual words that first spoke to Luke have since helped him carve out a path as an independent recording artist. … His fresh approach to music melds his spiritual beliefs with a whimsical and at times ethereal style that transports listeners. His latest album, The Year of the Nightingale, brings the words of Bahá’u’lláh to life in an immersive kaleidoscope of color and sound produced by Kelly Snook, a NASA engineer turned sound engineer and producer. Luke’s timeless music is an answer to this age of strife and anxiety in the world, weaving in threads of grace, hope, and splendor, and inspiring audiences around the world.”  from https://www.lukeslott.com/

How to recognize a new Divine Teacher? The first people to hear the new teachings, as well as the established clergy of the time, rejected Moses, Jesus Christ, and Muhammad. The same pattern repeated when the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh announced their stations as the most recent Prophets, or Manifestations of God. In The Book of Certitude, Bahá’u’lláh writes:
“…they that tread the path of faith, they that thirst for the wine of certitude, must cleanse themselves of all that is earthly — their ears from idle talk, their minds from vain imaginings, their hearts from worldly affections, their eyes from that which perisheth. They should put their trust in God, and, holding fast unto Him, follow in His way. … man can never hope to attain unto the knowledge of the All-Glorious, can never quaff from the stream of divine knowledge and wisdom, can never enter the abode of immortality, nor partake of the cup of divine nearness and favour, unless and until he ceases to regard the words and deeds of mortal men as a standard for the true understanding and recognition of God and His Prophets.

Consider the past. How many, both high and low, have, at all times, yearningly awaited the advent of the Manifestations of God in the sanctified persons of His chosen Ones. How often have they expected His coming, how frequently have they prayed that the breeze of divine mercy might blow, and the promised Beauty step forth from behind the veil of concealment, and be made manifest to all the world. And whensoever the portals of grace did open, and the clouds of divine bounty did rain upon mankind, and the light of the Unseen did shine above the horizon of celestial might, they all denied Him, and turned away from His face — the face of God Himself.”

The Book of Certitude also upholds Judaism, Christianity, and Islam among the essential foundations of God’s plan for the spiritual and material progress of humanity.

Beginning at sunset November 8, celebrations of the birthdays of the Báb (1819) and Bahá’u’lláh (1817) will begin. These are the two Divine Founders of the Bahá’í Faith. You are invited to gather in warm fellowship and share these messages of hope and joy, which are now unifying people of diverse backgrounds around the world.

Celebrations:
Thursday Nov. 8, 7:00 pm, Portland Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  Celebrating the birth in 1819 of the Báb (The Gate), Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.  For more information, please call 503 289-6331.

Thursday Nov. 8, 7:00 pm, Lake Oswego Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035.  Celebrating the birth in 1819 of the Báb (The Gate).  Presented by children and youth. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.

Saturday Nov. 10, 10:00 am, Portland Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  Celebrating the birth in 1817 of Bahá’u’lláh (the Glory of God), Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. For more information, please call 503 289-6331.

Saturday Nov. 10, 3:00 pm, The New Center; 33950 SW Ladd Hill Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  Celebrating the birth in 1817 of Bahá’u’lláh (the Glory of God), Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. For more information, please call Farah Ramchandani at 503 925-9909.

More activities:
Dialog: Social Justice, every Monday in November, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. Everyone is welcome to this discussion of Bahá’í solutions relating to social justice issues. For more information, please call Jan at 503-639-8919.

Dialog: introductory, Friday November 9, 7:00 pm, The New Center; 33950 SW Ladd Hill Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  You and your guests are warmly welcomed to a lively evening of dinner, discussion and fellowship!  For more information please call Farah & Tulsi Ramchandani at 503 925-9909.

Interfaith Songfest, Friday November 16, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035.  For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.

There are many devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at both the Portland and Beaverton Bahá’í Centers.  Bahá’í Center of Lake Oswego hosts many events each month, which are posted on their Facebook page.  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!
Please like us on Facebook “Portland Metro Baha’i Community”  and “Baha’i Center of Lake Oswego.”

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 http://www.bahai.org/light-to-the-world/ or  click HERE.
This dvd is in the Washington County public library system.

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