Bahá’í Writings

“We ask God graciously to grant that all may evince such fairness of character, such goodliness of deed and kindliness of word as will meet with His good pleasure. It hath been decreed that the citadels of men’s hearts should be subdued through the hosts of a noble character and praiseworthy deeds. Contention, discord, strife [...]

Cornel West, Princeton professor of African American Studies and Religion

Cornel West Speaks on the Baha’i Faith


Dr. Cornel West is a philosopher and Princeton professor of African American Studies and Religion and a staunch defender of rights and freedoms for all people. He learned about the Baha’i Faith through his race unity work, befriending Baha’is such as jazz maestro Dizzy Gillespie. Professor West recently welcomed a relative of an imprisoned Iranian [...]

Children and adults talking about their experiences with children's classes

What I Learned from Baha’i Children’s Classes


For over a century, Baha’is in the United States have offered spiritual education to Baha’i children. Today, Baha’is are partnering with their neighbors and friends to offer spiritual education to children of all backgrounds.  “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and [...]

Virtues in today’s society

News, Perspectives

by Anita Cleven Children live in a society where their moral character is constantly tested with worldly desires, selfish thoughts, and vain imaginings. According to the US Surgeon General, almost one out of every three (sixteen to seventeen year olds) in the United States reports that he or she has participated in acts of serious [...]

Summer Reading Program Continues at Mill Pond Park


 The “Virtues in the Park” Summer Reading Program continues through July 28 with special emphasis on the importance of virtues (patience, friendship, cooperation, etc.). Over 50-60 children have participated in the readings in the past couple weeks. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 10 with readings followed by discussion, songs and games. Each session [...]

Spiritual Virtues Summer Camp gears up for August


In August, the Spiritual Virtues Summer Camp will take place once again at the Beaverton Baha’i Center. This camp teaches children about various virtues from the myriad of faith traditions, helps them explore these virtues through the arts and learn how to implement them in their daily lives. Parents are also welcome to participate. The camp will take place August 2-5, 2010.