January Activities 2021

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

The soul’s eternal life:

And now concerning thy question regarding the soul of man and its survival after death. Know thou of a truth that the soul, after its separation from the body, will continue to progress until it attaineth the presence of God, in a state and condition which neither the revolution of ages and centuries, nor the changes and chances of this world, can alter. It will endure as long as the Kingdom of God, His sovereignty, His dominion and power will endure. It will manifest the signs of God and His attributes, and will reveal His loving kindness and bounty. (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh) www.bahai.org/r/098486368

We have already explained that the spirit of man is not contained within the body, for it is freed and sanctified from egress and regress, which are among the properties of material bodies. Rather, the connection of the spirit with the body is like that of the sun with the mirror. Briefly, the human spirit is always in one condition. It neither falls ill with the illness of the body nor is made healthy by the latter’s health… (Some Answered Questions) www.bahai.org/r/224469212

Read Prayers for departed souls

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 @bjbass9@gmail.com  or 503 847-1639. More information HERE.

Online Dialog: Social Justice: Mondays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:00 pm. Weekly discussions about racism and social justice, held since 2016, 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. Everyone is welcome to this discussion of Bahá’í solutions relating to social justice issues. For more information, please call Jan at 503-799-4197.  Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Lake Oswego.

Online Interfaith Devotions: Portland: Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, 5:30 pm. More information HERE.

Online Devotions: SE Portland: Wed., Jan. 6, 6:30 pm. Looking forward to “seeing” all of you online! For more information, please call the Moshtael-Hill family, 503-282-0783.

Online Portland Talks Story Night: Thursdays, Jan. 7, 14, and 28, 7:00 pm. Brief talks and stories, with a different theme each week. Everyone welcome! For more information, please call 503 289-6331.

Online Dialog: Anti-racism: Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:00 pm. Our speaker this month is Judi Moore Latta, retired Professor of Communications at Howard University and author of Beyond Roses – an Obligation to Speak. Please go to the website for the free invitation: https://www.takepartpdx.org.

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. 

Courses from The Wilmette Institute:

The Bahá’í Faith: A Comprehensive Introduction offers a thorough and systematic study of Bahá’í texts, teachings, history, and development of the community utilizing the academic textbook The Bahá’í Faith: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2012). We will start with a review of the vastness of the Bahá’í Faith’s authoritative texts (21 million words), which sets it apart from other religions. We then examine the foundational concept of unity and its implications for creating community, reforming the world, and re-conceptualizing a wide range of key concepts. The third unit explores the nature of God, revelation, manifestation, humanity, creation, religion, and the Bahá’í Faith’s relationship to other faiths. The fourth and fifth units consider the nature and spiritual development of human beings, the role of marriage and family life, and the Bahá’í approach to reorganizing the social life and civilization of the human species.”

Additional courses starting in January include the subjects of marriage, agriculture, youth, “Being the Change,” and moral excellence in business.