The Bahá'í Faith

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.

Bahá’ís Celebrate Festival of Ridván

The Eugene-Springfield Bahá’í communities this week join others around the world in celebrating the annual Festival of Ridván, beginning with an outdoor gathering on Tuesday, April 21, that included a bike ride around Skinner Butte Park in Eugene. 

Panelists urge action following film screening

Keep talking. Make your voices heard. That was the message received by the more than 125 people who attended the screening of the Maziar Bahari film, To Light A Candle, at the UO’s Lillis Business Center on February 26.

Bahari’s film was a sobering reminder of the decades of oppression suffered by the Baha’i community in Iran. But it was also a powerful reminder of the resilience of that persecuted minority, and its determination to progress and even thrive, particularly by providing the best education possible to its young people.


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