July Resources 2020

For updates and all metro-area events, click HERE.

With all desire for your well-being, strength, hope, and actions toward our better future, here is a prayer for humanity, from the Baha’i sacred writings:

“O Thou kind Lord! Thou has created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all, Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! United all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, O God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Might and Powerful. Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlookest the shortcomings of all mankind!” — Abdu’l-Baha.

From the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Portland: “In the intervening weeks since the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others before them, our society has been asked to rethink deeply held beliefs. The fervor of the public demonstrations at the local level has continued, and in light of that momentum, the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Portland wanted to share with our community a statement from our national Institution. Originally published on June 19th, the words here are as impactful as ever, and it is our hope that we can continue forging a path towards racial justice.” Below is a paragraph from the letter referred to, from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.

“To create a just society begins with recognition of the fundamental truth that humanity is one. But it is not enough simply to believe this in our hearts. It creates the moral imperative to act, and to view all aspects of our personal, social, and institutional lives through the lens of justice. It implies a reordering of our society more profound than anything we have yet achieved. And it requires the participation of Americans of every race and background, for it is only through such inclusive participation that new moral and social directions can emerge.” excerpt from “Forging a path to racial justice: A message from the Baha’is of the United States” June 19, 2020. Read the entire message here.

Forging a Path to Racial Justice and Wilmette Baha'i Temple

Baha’i House of Worship for North America Daily Devotions at 12:30 p.m. Central time, from Wilmette, Illinois. “Everyone is welcome to attend and share scripture or songs from the world’s religious traditions. Come join the world in prayer! Watch on Facebook Live or join us on Zoom.us Meeting ID: 997-8178-5908, Password 1844. You can write to us: how@usbnc.org”

Online Devotions: Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm. Devotions hosted by the Milwaukie community. For more information, please call 971-563-859.

Online Devotions: Thursday, July 16, 10:00 am. For further information please text Erica at 503-720-3037 or text 503-560-3842.

Online Dialog: Thursday, July 16, 7:00 pm. For more information about the virtual meeting, please call 503 289-6331. Dr. Markisha Smith, Director of the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, will be our speaker this evening.
Dr. Smith, Director of the Bureau of Equity and Human Rights for the City of Portland, will be giving a talk on how systemic oppression and white supremacy plague government agencies and institutions. She will discuss ways in which we must instigate change to dismantle the current systems and replace them with ones that are equitable for everyone.
Dr. Smith’s work is specifically focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion, culturally responsive practice and closing access and opportunity gaps for historically and marginalized groups across the state.

This talk is hosted by Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team). The mission of Take PART is to confront racism and to engage in dismantling the systems that perpetuate ingrained racial inequality.  We do this through events, education and outreach that foster engagement in building community where all people are treated with equality and respect.  For more information on Take PART, go to:  takepartpdx.org

Online Dialog: Social Justice, Monday, July 20, 7:00 pm. Weekly discussions about racism and social justice have been happening since 2016 and have afforded many of us and our friends a place to educate ourselves, to speak openly about the challenges and to take personal and collective action. Those of us who participate in this discussion also started participating in Respond to Racism when it started in 2017. 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.  Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Lake Oswego.

Online Dialog and Music: Friday, July 24 7:00 pm. We invite you to join us in a monthly informal discussion about the Bahá’í teachings, featuring live music relating to spirituality. Bring your instruments! For more information, please call Jack and Leslie at 503 803-8796 or Mary at 503 995-8959.

Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue, beginning July 23, will survey the life and teachings of the Buddha, the development of Buddhist concepts and practices, and the dissemination of Buddhism throughout Asia and eventually to the West. We will read excerpts from Buddhist texts and examine similarities and differences between Buddhism and the Bahá’í Faith (and other religions), including the emphasis both place on personal transformation. The course will deepen your understanding of an important world religion and will prepare you for discussing spiritual concepts and practices with Buddhist friends and neighbors.” Register by July 23. Fee for the 6-week course starts at $36.40.

Global Challenges and Opportunities: ‘Destroying a Thought of Hatred’ June 23, 2020. Speaker: Vasu Mohan. “As societies around the world grapple with polarization around identities and the rise of hate speech, what tools are in the Baha’i Writings that can be applied to broader contexts? This talk explores some examples of efforts in building social cohesion and countering hate.” Watch here: https://wilmetteinstitute.org/global-challenges-and-opportunities/

For the latest updates, please visit the website calendar at portlandbahai.org. Like us on Facebook: “Portland Metro Baha’i Community,” “Baha’i Center of Lake Oswego” and “Baha’i Faith of Newberg Oregon.” For more information about the Bahá’í Faith, please visit www.bahai.org.