Peace. As we draw to the end of each year and review the state of humanity, this is one of the foremost thoughts we may have. Are we moving toward the peaceful world we want for our children?
At the beginning of this year, the world governing body of the Faith, the Universal House of Justice, released a letter reminding us of opportunities for peace: following the “Great War” the Paris Peace Conference took place and the League of Nations was established; following the Second World War the United Nations was formed; following the end of the Cold War, there were calls for a new order and the Millennium Forum and Summit were held. Despite the forces of division, unity and peace is where humanity is headed.
In 1985, as a contribution to dialogue about the upcoming Year of Peace, the House of Justice released a letter to the people of the world, “The Promise of World Peace”, which reflects the challenges as well as Bahá’í teachings on the way forward toward building a peaceful world.
Access the currently relevant letter here: http://portlandbahai.org/2015/11/promise-world-peace/ Additional resources: https://www.bahai.org/beliefs/universal-peace/
Bring peace to your soul at a devotional gathering.
Devotions: Every Sunday, 10:00 am-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 for coffee, tea, and fellowship; program begins at 10:30. Begin your week with joy and exultation! No collection is taken, dress is informal. For more information, please call 503 289-6331.
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 and a time 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.
Devotions: Vancouver Bahá’í Center: Every Sunday, 10-10:30 am, Vancouver Bahá’í Center, 4016 E 13th St; Vancouver WA 98661. All are welcome to share in a devotional gathering. For more information, please call our Vancouver Bahá’í information line at 971-248-5219.
There are devotional gatherings weekly throughout the metro area, including every Sunday at the Portland, Beaverton, and Vancouver Bahá’í Centers. The Bahá’í Center of Lake Oswego hosts many activities each month. To see more devotional gatherings, discussions, 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!
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On-line learning: https://wilmetteinstitute.org/solution-based-courses/
Recordings of programs from Baha’i Temples, and many posts of artistic and other expressions of celebrations can be viewed at the Bicentenary 2019 website: https://bicentenary.bahai.org/the-bab/