Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb/the Gate

“Dearly loved Friends, Consider with us. Whenever a divine Educator appears in the world, a Figure Whose teachings will come to shape human thought and action for centuries thereafter—at such a dramatic, seismic moment, what would we expect?

The appearance of every such Educator, as recorded in the Sacred Texts of the world’s great faiths, is a pivotal event that propels the advancement of civilization. The spiritual stimulus each has provided throughout history has enabled the radius of human cooperation to extend from the clan, to the tribe, to the city-state, and to the nation. And each of these great Teachers promised that, in time, another divine Figure would appear, Whose advent should be anticipated and Whose influence would reform the world. . .

Thus did the Báb and, with even greater splendour, Bahá’u’lláh illuminate a society and an age shrouded in darkness. They inaugurated a new stage in social evolution: the stage of the unification of the entire human family. . . .

. . . communities emerging across the globe that are patterned on Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings . . . are striving to focus the light of those teachings on the chronic problems that afflict the societies around them; they are devising programmes of practical action centred on spiritual precepts.” Excerpts from a letter from The Universal House of Justice to the people of the world, October 2019; read the entire letter here.

Study: “The Dawn-Breakers”  Wednesdays Oct. 9, 16, and 23, 7:30-9:00 pm, 33950 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070.  Small group study of “The Dawn-Breakers” book: history written 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.

Dialog and Storytelling:  Thursday Oct. 17 and Thursday Oct 24, 7:00-8:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203.  Bring your friends and a story of the Báb and practice the art of storytelling, and/or enjoy listening to others.  For more information, please call 503 289-6331.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of The Báb! Everyone is warmly invited to the following joyous bicentenary gatherings!

from https://news.bahai.org/story/1354/

Film and dialog: Friday Oct. 18, 7:00 pm, Lake Oswego Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. “Dawn of the Light: The film follows the personal search for truth and meaning undertaken by eight people from different parts of the world. Each one describes the journey to discovering that God has sent two Divine Manifestations for today, the Bab and Baha’u’llah, Who are revolutionizing human thought and behavior. The stories of the eight individuals are explored against the backdrop of the remarkable life of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah. 48-minute film.” From https://news.bahai.org/story/1354/ For more information, please call 971 328-0909, or email info@lakeoswegobahai.org. Free event. Hosted by the Bahá’í community of Lake Oswego.

Milwaukie: Saturday Oct. 26, 1:00-5:00 pm, Witchita Community Center, 6031 SE King Rd., Milwaukie OR 97206. Lunch, social, music, and viewing the new film “Dawn of the Light” about the significance of The Báb. Child activities and games during the film in the gym. Free event. Please email balbright58@gmail.com for more details. Hosted by the Bahá’í community of Milwaukie.

Tigard/King City: Sunday Oct. 27, 5:30-8:00 pm, Metzger Park, Patricia D Whiting Hall, 8400 SW Hemlock St, Portland, OR 97223. Program begins at 6:30 pm and light refreshments will be served. Free event. For more information please call 503 597-8839 or contact tigardbahaisecretary@gmail.com. Hosted by the Bahá’í communities of Tigard and King City.

Portland Bahá’í Center, Monday Oct. 28, 7:00 pm, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb! All are joyously welcomed.

Tuesday Oct. 29, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Devotions – videos – open house. Please come and share in this special day!

Tuesday Oct. 29, 7:00 pm. Celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in 1817.

Wednesday Oct. 30, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Devotions – videos – open house.
For more information, please call 503 289-6331. Free events.
Hosted by the Bahá’í community of Portland.

Lake Oswego Bahá’í Center, Monday Oct. 28, 7:00 pm, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. Celebrating the birth of the Báb! Enjoy devotions, performance art, refreshments, fellowship and more!

Wednesday Oct. 30, 2:00-4:00 pm. Celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Please come and share this joyous day with devotions and afternoon tea! For more information, please call 971 328-0909, or email info@lakeoswegobahai.org. Free events. Hosted by the Bahá’í community of Lake Oswego.

There are 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 devotions and discussions each month.  To see more bicentenary events, devotional gatherings, discussions, children’s, and other activities, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.orgThe 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.”

Follow bicentenary updates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twinbirthdays/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twinbirthdays/

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