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Martyrdom of the Báb Commemorations July 10.
“Born in Shiraz, a city in southern Iran, on 20 October 1819, the Báb was the symbolic gate between past ages of prophecy and a new age of fulfilment for humanity. His primary purpose was to awaken the people to the fact that a new period in human history had begun, one which would witness the unification of the entire human race and the emergence of a world civilization of spiritual and material prosperity. This great day would be established through the influence of a divinely inspired Educator, whom the Báb referred to as “He Whom God shall make manifest.” It was His own mission, the Báb declared, to herald the coming of this promised Manifestation of God. The Báb explained that the new Manifestation would usher in an age of peace and justice that was the hope of every longing heart and the promise of every religion. The Báb instructed His followers to spread this message throughout the country and to prepare people for this long-awaited day. ” read more at http://www.bahai.org/the-bab/life-the-bab
“…the most dramatic, the most tragic event transpiring within the entire range of the first Bahá’í century” -the martrydom of the Báb-will be commemorated on July 10. “Religious and government leaders, unable to stop the growth of the new Bábí Faith, arranged the death by firing squad of the Prophet…the forces arrayed against the Báb represented the combined civil and ecclesiastical powers of Persia, which, from the moment of His declaration to the hour of His death, persisted, unitedly and by every means at their disposal, in conspiring against the upholders and in vilifying the tenets of His Revelation.” (Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By) Learn more HERE.
Martyrdom of the Báb observances, Wednesday, July 10; everyone is welcome:
Gladstone: 11:30 am, Max Patterson Park, Gladstone, OR 97027. Please bring your sack lunch and join us. For more information contact Sandy at 503-504-4830.
Happy Valley: 11:30 am. We plan to start the program around 11:45 AM and recite the Tablet of Visitation at 1:00 pm sharp. Lunch (burgers and hotdogs) and social will follow the program in the backyard. For more information, please call Farshad and Leena at 360-907-6595.
Wilsonville: 12:00 pm. Followed by a potluck picnic on the patio. For more information contact 608-213-4728.
Portland: 12:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203. Reading of the Tablet of Visitation at 1:00 pm sharp. For more information, please call 503 289-6331.
Lake Oswego: 12:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035. For more information, please call Beth at 503-636-1674.
Beaverton Bahá’í Center: 5355 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study: “The Dawn-Breakers” Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, 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 of the book will be available. Facilitated By David House.
For more information please call Farah at 503 925-9909.
Dialog and Storytelling: Thursdays July 18 and July 25, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203. Bring your friends and favorite story of the Báb and practice the art of storytelling, and/or enjoy listening to others. For more information, please call 503 289-6331.
There are many devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at both the Beaverton and Portland Bahá’í Centers. The Bahá’í Center of Lake Oswego hosts many devotionals and discussions each month. To see more discussion gatherings, children’s, and other activities, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.org. The website is the place to check for last-minute changes in events!
Please like us on Facebook: “Portland Metro Baha’i Community,” “Baha’i Center of Lake Oswego” and “Baha’i Faith of Newberg Oregon.”
Listen to a podcast episode about the night of the Bab’s declaration on news.bahai.org. “The events of this night are the origins of the global Baha’i community’s endeavors for the betterment of the world. From community building activities, to projects of social action, to involvement in public discourse, those seeking to put into practice Baha’u’llah’s teachings find the origin of their efforts in that first conversation.
This October marks the bicentenary of the Bab’s birth. In this year, the Baha’i World News Service is examining some of the most salient moments in the life of the Bab. The latest podcast episode focuses on the night of His declaration.”
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.