Peace and social justice are on our minds as we begin a new year and decade. What do we need to do now, and how will we increase our wisdom and generate motivation?
“The Baha’i World volumes began in print form in 1926 under the direction of Shoghi Effendi, providing a remarkable historical record of the development of the Baha’i Faith. In May of this year, a website was launched for The Baha’i World, which periodically publishes new pieces and works from the archives. The Baha’i World has introduced an email subscription service, through which readers can be notified when new articles are published.” from https://news.bahai.org/story/1375/ Among the pieces we may read: “Replacing the Sword with the Word: Bahá’u’lláh’s Concept of Peace,” “Begin with the Village: The Bahá’í Approach to Rural Development,” and “Technology, Values, and the Shaping of Social Reality.”
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Dialog: Thursdays Jan. 2, 16, 23, and 30, 7:00 pm, Bahá’í Center, 8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203. Brief talks and stories, with a different theme each week. Everyone welcome! For more information, please call 503 289-6331.
Interfaith Devotions: Sunday Jan. 5, 10:30 am, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. January theme: Prayers for Peace. We warmly welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs to our devotional gatherings. Prayers and readings from a variety of religious scriptures and sacred traditions are shared in an atmosphere of love, kindness and fellowship. For more information, please call Jan at 503-639-8919.
Interfaith Prayers for Peace, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, OR 97030. Join the Bahá’ís of Gresham, Fairview and surrounding communities for our monthly interfaith prayer vigil at the Gresham Library. Please feel free to bring prayers, music, poetry, and other expressions of peace as we seek to build community in troubled times. Children welcome. Monthly on the first Tuesday.
Interfaith Prayers: Wednesdays Jan. 8 and 15, 5:30-6:30 pm, OHSU CHH Building 2, 12th Floor Conf Rm 12010, 3485 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239. Please bring prayers or writings to share. The goal is to provide a safe, welcoming space for OHSU faculty, employees, residents and students of all Faith backgrounds; those with no Faith background or who identify as atheists are also welcome to participate by sharing an uplifting reading which is positive and promotes diversity and unity. We will have 35-40 minutes of sharing readings, discussion & meditation, followed by planning for upcoming sessions after that. Sponsored by the Bahá’í Association at OHSU. Check website calendar for further dates.
Dialog: Social Justice: Mondays Jan. 13, 20, and 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Bahá’í Center, 16103 SW Lake Forest Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR, 97035. Everyone is welcome to these discussions of Bahá’í solutions relating to social justice issues. For more information, please call Jan at 971-328-0909.
Martin L King: Healing the Divide: Monday Jan. 20, 1:30-3:30 pm, Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223. In honor of Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for everyone to, “sit down together at the table of brotherhood,” join Bahá’ís of Tigard to celebrate Dr. King’s vision and legacy. There will be inspiring talks, music, and facilitated conversation as we explore our path forward. Snacks and beverages provided. Everyone is most welcome!
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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