The Bahá'í Faith

Bahá’ís celebrate anniversary of birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’ís and their friends from the Eugene-Springfield area gathered at the Valley River Inn on Tuesday, November 11, to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the founder of their religion, Bahá’u’lláh, with a catered dinner and entertainment. The theme of the evening was “The World Celebrates Bahá’u’lláh!”

Rod Olson, one of the organizers for this year’s event, said, “We are so fortunate to be part of a Faith that is such a loving worldwide community, such a united world family! And so, on the evening of our celebration, Bahá’ís and their friends around the world will all be expressing joy and gratitude for Baha’u’llah’s coming.”

Almost a hundred people attended the event, which began with prayers in six languages: Bangla, Navajo, Spanish, Chinese, English and Farsi. Following the dinners, the program continued with readings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh interspersed with music.

Unit Convention elects delegate

On Saturday, October 4, Baha'is from Grants Pass to Eugene gathered at the Campbell Senior Center to pray, sing, share stories from their home communities, consult together on how to help all communities grow and mature and elect a delegate to the National Baha'i Convention. In addition to a lively discussion about the use of social media, those gathered talked about study circles, children's classes, devotional gatherings and an upcoming area youth gathering. 
 

Eugene Bahá’ís to host annual Unit Convention

Each year in October, Baha’is around the U.S. meet with others in their regions to elect a delegate. That delegate will attend the National Baha’i Convention the following April and elect the nine members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, the governing body for the U.S. Baha’i community. Baha’is in southwest Oregon will have their annual Unit Convention in Eugene on Saturday, October 4, at the Campbell Senior Center.

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.

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