The Bahá'í Faith

Bahá’ís inaugurate new calendar to celebrate Founders’ Births

For the first time, Eugene-area Bahá’ís will use a new calendar to celebrate the “Twin Birthdays” of their religion’s founders on two consecutive days. These are Bahá’í holy days when work is suspended and the Lane County Bahá’í community holds commemorative events.

SW Oregon Bahá’ís hold annual Unit Convention

Bahá’ís from Eugene to Brookings who gathered on Saturday, October 3, at the Campbell Senior Center in Eugene for the annual Unit Convention were treated to happy greetings and hugs, delicious food, an inviting bookstore and some lively discussion about how best to be attentive to the needs of all—children, youth and “yelders” (elders with youthful hearts and minds, aka senior-agers)—in Baha’i activities large and small.

The Convention started with an extended period of fellowship, so Bahá’ís could meet new friends and reacquaint themselves with friends they hadn’t seen in a while, all in anticipation of voting for the Unit’s delegate to the 2016 National Bahá’í Convention, which will be held in Wilmette, Illinois, next April. Ron Lillejord of Eugene was chosen as delegate following the Bahá’í electoral process, which does not allow for nominations, but rather requires Bahá’ís to pray, reflect on the qualities needed to carry out this responsibility and then choose by secret ballot from among those eligible (enrolled Bahá’ís over the age of 21) to serve in that capacity.

Eat, pray, walk: Devotional meetings have many guises

A common theme in the rhythm of American life has been Sunday church services of one sort or another. While the Bahá’í Faith doesn’t have traditional Sunday services—or a clergy or a liturgy—Bahá’í devotional life does encourage prayer and reading from the sacred Writings of the Faith. This can be done in the privacy of individual Bahá’ís’ homes or in devotional gatherings, which can be held at many different times and in a variety of places.

Devotional meetings are found in Bahá’í communities around the world, including in Lane County. They usually consist of reading prayers and passages from the Bahá’í sacred texts in an informal yet respectful atmosphere. They can be large gatherings with dozens of people, or small ones with just a couple of friends. Either way, they help fulfill one purpose of the meetings, which is to generate a spirit of communal worship, a spirit that can help permeate the community’s collective endeavors.

Summer activities abound for children, youth and families


Summer is a time for families and friends to travel, garden or pick fresh fruits and vegetables, picnic together or just catch up. The Lane County Bahá’í communities recognize that, so provide an array of activities to help us catch the summer sun and fun while maintaining our spiritual life.

Activities for Children

Larry Ellins

Prayers are requested for the progress of the beautiful and loving soul of Larry Ellins, who winged his way into the warm embrace of the Abha Kingdom on April 29, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon.

Originally from Los Angeles, Larry served with his wife, Vida, as a pioneer in Malta, and was a long-time member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Eugene.

Devotions and interment will be Sunday, May 3, followed by a reception to honor and celebrate his life.


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