December Resources

Click HERE for more locally-hosted online devotions, story nights, discussion groups, and more on our website calendar!

Unity in Diversity, by Fisher Ng

“…Far from the dichotomous thinking that poses variation and oneness as conflictual opposites is the verity that concepts of oneness and diversity, as with many other seemingly polar opposites, are instead complimentary. The resolution of conflicts of racial prejudice, gender discrimination, nationalism, and wealth inequality lies in a reframing of thought that both validates the right of the individual to hold beliefs and acknowledges the existence of an absolute Truth with which all humanity must strive to align their thinking and actions. Foundational to a constructive mindset that promotes peace and societal change is an understanding of unity in diversity.

Unity is neither uniformity or tolerance; unity is completeness through interdependence.Read the whole essay here.

Online Portland Talks Story Night: Thursdays, December 3, and 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Everyone welcome! For more information, please call 503 289-6331.

Online Devotions: Lake Oswego: Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30-8:00 am. Early morning prayers to start the weekend on a spiritual note. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call Jan at 503-639-8919.

Online Devotions: Beaverton: every Sunday, 7:00 pm. Everyone welcome at our online devotions! For more information contact Larry at or 707-483-0738.

Online Devotions: Gresham: every Monday, 7:00 pm. Gresham friends invite everyone to join a weekly online devotional gathering! For more information, please contact Beverly at  or 503 847-1639. More information HERE.

Upcoming Baha’i Chats at

Layli Maparyan and Louis Venters: The Bahá’í Faith in South Carolina and America’s Unfinished Business of Reconstruction; Saturday 12/12/2020, 02:15 PM EST. Register for the chat HERE.

Malik Wilson and Hoda Mahmoudi: Seeking Peace — Approaches Towards Racial Understanding; Saturday 12/19/2020, 02:15 PM EST. Register for the chat HERE.

Courses from The Wilmette Institute:

“In 1985 the Universal House of Justice issued The Promise of World Peace, the first in a series of ground-breaking documents which addressed humankind’s situation and needs. Thirty-one years later the message enshrined in The Promise of World Peace, known to many as “the Peace Message”, is as cogent and urgent as ever.” Begins December 10.

Also starting December 10:

Click to read: Children’s spiritual education in Oregon inspires evolution in thought, action

Audiobook: The Baha’i Response to the Crisis of Our Time

The Baha'i Response to Crisis of Our Time
The Baha’i Response to the Crisis of Our Time, copyright National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States

September 3, 2019 By Joan Hernandez

Joan Barstow Hernandez is an American currently living and working in Bolivia. She is the author of more than twenty books related to the Baha’i Faith, family life, education, leadership, and socioeconomic development.  

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9-pointed star design at top is copyright Joe Paczkowski.