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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 or go camping 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

Classes that teach kids spiritual virtues from a Bahá’í perspective are open to all children ages 5-11. 

Neighborhood children’s classes  

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 the election on Tuesday, April 19, of Local Spiritual Assemblies in Eugene, Lane County East and Lane County Central. On Sunday, April 24, Bahá’ís and friends gathered for a hosted dinner at Valley River Inn. 

The opening program featured prayers and scriptural readings in several languages, along with stories about the Ridván festival. Following the dinner were musical performances and the evening concluded with some pretty joyful dancing. 

Eugene Bahá’ís elect Local Spiritual Assembly

The Eugene Bahá’í community recently elected its nine-member governing council, known as the Local Spiritual Assembly, for 2016-2017. The election was held on April 19, the same date for Bahá’í elections in communities around the globe.

The nine people elected to Eugene’s new Local Spiritual Assembly are: Jeanine Taylor, Bill Harris, Shadi Miller, Hazel Jones, Vipul Lakhani, Ted Taylor, Vida Ellins, Ron Lillejord and Laleh Rezaee (not pictured).

In a time of fasting, remember to feed the soul

Every year in early March, Bahá’ís worldwide rise before dawn to eat breakfast, pray and then abstain from eating or drinking until sunset in observation of the annual 19-day Fast. 

As in many world religions, the Fast is a time for reflecting on one's spiritual progress and making an effort to detach from material desires. The Faith exempts from fasting those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant, nursing, menstruating or engaged in heavy labor. Bahá’ís from age 15 to 70 are enjoined to participate in the annual fast. 

Bahá'ís invited to human origins presentation at Cottage Grove library

Bahá'ís in Cottage Grove were among the faith communities invited to participate in a special meeting on Feb. 17 with representatives of the Smithsonian Institution for the opening of their Exploring Human Origins exhibit at the Cottage Grove Public Library.

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