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U.S. Baha’i newsletter features Oregon Baha’i

Each month the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States publishes an email newsletter, which always includes a feature called Why Bahá’í. These are personal stories of how people have become attracted to the teachings of Baha’u’llah and, eventually, members of the worldwide Bahá’í community. 

Eugene Bahá’í Ted Taylor was the subject of a Why Bahá’í feature in 2007. A more recent edition highlighted a Bahá’í from Portland.

Summer activities abound for children, youth and families

Eugene-Springfield area is host to several summer programs for children and junior youth

Several neighborhood children’s classes are currently taking place in Eugene using curriculum developed for grades 1, 2 and 3. Grade 1 and 2 classes are offered at a home in South Eugene on Sunday afternoons, and classes with grades 1 and 3 curriculum are taking place in the Churchill area. Youths continue to be a strong presence as teachers of these children’s classes.

Campaign continues to call attention to plight of Iranian Bahá'ís

Bahá'ís and their friends and well-wishers are being called upon to telephone their Congressional representatives on May 14, the sixth anniversary of the incarceration of seven Baha'i leaders in Iran, to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors of House Resolution 109, which details and condemns the “state-sponsored persecution” of Iran’s Bahá'ís and calls for the release of all prisoners held solely on account of their religious beliefs.

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 2014-2015. The election was held on April 21, the same date for Bahá’í elections in communities around the globe.

The nine people elected to Eugene’s new Local Spiritual Assembly are: Bill Harris, Ron Lillejord, Karl Weaver, Vida Ellins, Ted Taylor, Jeanine Taylor, Laleh Rezaee, Hazel Jones and Shadi Miller.

Bahá’ís to Celebrate Festival of Ridván

The Eugene-Springfield Bahá’í communities will celebrate the first day of their annual Festival of Ridván on Sunday, April 20, with a hosted dinner and a program of music and stories about Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, and about the origin of this special 12-day celebration.

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