Bonnie the Pioneer

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By Venustiano Olguín For the last three months, it has been an inspiration and an honor to get to know Bonnie Hakert Konamauri as she visits family and friends in Oregon and Montana during a short rest from her life’s work as a Baha’i pioneer in the Solomon Islands . At the beginning of her [...]

Bilal Mosque opens its doors to foster understanding

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Every year the Bilal Mosque in Beaverton marks the anniversary of 9/11 with an open house—to reach out to the community and provide an opportunity for people to come together and learn about the Moslem community and beliefs. This year, people came in greater numbers than ever. Here’s one person’s account of the day:  I [...]

Why Baha’is fast

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By Anita Cleven and Venustiano Olguín On March 14, a group of Baha’is gathered at the Beaverton Baha’i Center, for a special community dinner to celebrate the fact that they were past the mid-point of the Baha’i 19-Day Fast. The Fast, which takes place from March 2 through March 20, consists of completely abstaining from [...]

The Sifter of Wheat

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By Bob Rosenkranz A few years back I met Vahid.  When I asked him where he came from, he shared, “My heritage goes back to the Sifter of Wheat – Ja’far.” I knew of Ja’far for I had read about this honored man in the Baha’i sacred books. Ja’far had a heart like Peter in [...]

Reflections on Prayer Service for Iranian Prisoners

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By Judy Poltz I would like to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation expressed for Sunday’s program in honor of the Baha’is imprisoned in Iran. Sponsored by the Spiritual Assembly of Hillsboro, the program was the fruit of the labors of Baha’is in Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Hillsboro. The program took place in [...]

Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program

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In nearly every country and culture adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 are being empowered to effect positive change in their communities. The catalyst for this global effort is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (SEP). SEP is a Bahá’í inspired educational curriculum for adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 and has five primary purposes…

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