On November 21, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland (ICGP) will hold its annual Festival of Faith to provide a friendly, casual, civil atmosphere where people can explore the area’s different religions, get their questions answered and meet people from all different backgrounds.
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 [...]
By Loie Mead A sudden and blustery rain blew across Portland on Tuesday, September 7. It tested the resolve of 300-plus individuals who wound their way to the Auditorium at Oregon Health and Science University. As darkness was coming on and raindrops were falling, people followed the posted signs and helpful guides to the public [...]
Candace Moore Hill, a Baha’i who grew up in Oregon, recently published a photographic history of the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL. Baha’i Temple was published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its “Images of America” series. With 199 photographs, Hill artfully tells the story of the “Great Bell” of the North Shore and [...]
In the serene setting of the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, OR, over 50 people from different religious traditions participated in a 24-Hour Chant for Peace on August 7, 2010. Co-sponsored by the Northwest Dharma Association and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, this annual gathering is open to the public and provides an opportunity for people of [...]
Two articles published recently illustrate the Baha’i belief in the essential unity of all the world’s religions: “Recognizing God’s Messengers: Why We Baha’is Commemorate the Martyrdom of the Bab” by Brent Poirier was published in the Huffington Post. Brent explains the significance of the story of Joseph as a metaphor for recognizing God’s Messengers. “Theology [...]
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 [...]