November Activities 2021

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, as well as discussions. All are warmly welcomed!

On November 6 and 7 we celebrate the birth of the Báb in 1819 and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in 1817. Both were tortured and imprisoned for sharing the words God inspired them to say. The Báb was shot by firing squad, since the clergy of Persia rejected His Message. Bahá’u’lláh was exiled for the rest of His life, sent to the worst prison in the area. Many of Their prison authorities became admirers after seeing Their holy character.

“I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God…”

— Bahá’u’lláh

“Beginning in September 1867, Bahá’u’lláh wrote a series of letters to the world leaders of His time… In these letters, Bahá’u’lláh openly proclaimed His station. He spoke of the dawn of a new age. But first, He warned, there would be catastrophic upheavals in the world’s political and social order. To smooth humanity’s transition, He urged the world’s leaders to pursue justice. He called for general efforts at disarmament and urged the world’s rulers to band together into some form of commonwealth of nations. Only by acting collectively against war, He said, could a lasting peace be established.”

(Baha'i International Community, 1992, Magazine - The Baha'is)

Read about Baha’u’llah: https://www.bahai.org/bahaullah/life-bahaullah

Read about the Báb:  https://www.bahai.org/the-bab/

The Twin Holy Days will be commemorated both virtually and at the Portland Bahá’í Center. At the Bahá’í Center, please plan to wear your masks, socially distance, and show proof of your covid immunization. Doors will open at 5 pm – physically and virtually!  The program for the Birth of the Báb will start at 5:15 pm, followed by a 15 min break and then the program for the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh will start at 6 pm.

Holy Day: Birth of the Báb, Saturday, November 6, 5:00 – 6:00pm. Zoom conference. You are invited to the virtual commemoration of the birth of the Báb, Herald of the Faith. 
For more information please email secretariatpdx@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Portland.

Holy Day: Birth of Baha’u’llah, Saturday, November 6, 6:00 – 6:45pm. Zoom conference. You are invited to the virtual commemoration of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Faith. 
For more information please email secretariatpdx@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Portland.

Holy Day: Twin Birthdays Celebration, Saturday, November 6, 5:15 – 6:45pm. Zoom conference. You are invited to the virtual commemoration of the births of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Faith, and His Herald, the Báb.
For more information, please call Jack and Leslie at 503 803-8796.

Later in November, check for Centenary activities.

centenary of the Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha

Like us on Facebook: “Portland Metro Baha’i Community” (see our frequent posts about online resources!), “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/ For Spanish-language resources, see https://www.bahaipanel.org/

Another option may be your local public library. (Hint: search “Bahai”)

An Introduction to The Báb: The Gate, Dawn of the Baha’i Faith (library dvd): https://wccls.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S143C3524941

Light to the World, a Film to Celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (library dvd): https://wccls.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S143C3381678

The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Talks Delivered by Abdu’l-Bahá During His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912 (book): https://wccls.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S143C3877783

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