We can certainly feel summer now, including in our lightening hearts! While thinking about the hope that helps empower us, we did a search for “hope” on bahaiteachings.org. Over 1500 results! Among them, writer Ken McNamara shares his thoughts about “Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.” He says it “helps me develop my understanding of Baha’i philosophy, and brings me a deep sense of joy and peace as I discover some of the spiritual truths.” Themes he focuses on are this Day of God, the Manifestations of God, the spiritual meaning of life, the immortality of the soul, and our future unified and just world. A link to read this foundational Bahá’í book for free online is at the bottom of the article. You may also find free e-book downloads in ePub and mobi/Kindle formats.
Learning opportunities have increased over this past year which will aid all of us. To learn about the Bahá’í Faith, one option may be your local public library. For example, the Washington County system has books and DVDs including The Promulgation of Universal Peace (collected talks by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as He traveled across North America in 1912), Light of the Kingdom (Biblical topics), and No Jim Crow Church (interracial communities in South Carolina since 1910), Advancement of Women, Life, Death, and Immortality, and Beyond the Culture of Contest. (Hint: search “Bahai”)
For Spanish-language resources, see https://www.bahaipanel.org/
Click HERE for many more locally-hosted online activities! As venues are able to open for in-person activities, this website calendar will be updated. There are about 20 choices of food-for-the-soul devotions each week, and social justice and other discussions.
Online Dialog: Wayfarers on a Spiritual Journey: Tuesday, June 22, 7:00 pm. You are warmly invited to join in for a brief talk followed by plenty of time for questions. Let’s share meaningful conversation!
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Online Dialog: Gladstone, Friday June 25, 7:00 pm. Please consider joining us for some thoughtful conversation and fellowship. For more information, please call Jack and Leslie at 503 803-8796 or Mary at 503 995-8959.
Each week, we’re hosting two informal conversations: Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Join us via Zoom, learn more about the Baha’i Faith, and get your questions answered live! Simply RSVP and the link will be delivered to your inbox.
Bahá’ís conducted the First Race Amity Convention in 1921. Read more about that HERE.
The Race Amity 2021 conference was held last month. See some of their video HERE.
See upcoming chat sessions at: https://bahai.chat/
Join us on Saturday June 12 at 2:15pm EDT for a conversation with Arthur L. Dahl, Maja Groff and Augusto Lopez-Claros around the themes of their book: “Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century.“
Join Liz Dwyer & Rainn Wilson on Sunday June 27 at 8pm EDT for a light, one-hour conversation about the Baha’i Faith including Q&A. Each session Liz and Rainn explore different topics in the context of the Baha’i teachings.
Upcoming Courses from The Wilmette Institute:
Transformative Leadership for Youth (Ages 11-17);
Being the Change: Cultivating Capabilities (Summer 2021)—This 5-week online seminar is for youth who took the course “Transformative Leadership for Youth” in 2020 or 2021.
Like us on Facebook: “Portland Metro Baha’i Community,” “Baha’i Center of Lake Oswego” “Baha’i Faith of Newberg Oregon” “Baha’is of Forest Grove.”
For more information about the Bahá’í Faith, please visit https://www.bahai.us/