The Bahá'í Faith

"One Common Faith" is theme of World Religion Day celebration

The Eugene-Springfield Bahá’í community welcomes all to join them in honoring World Religion Day at a special devotional gathering at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 17, at the Eugene Bahá’í Center, 1458 Alder Street.

Cottage Grove youth sell mistletoe to benefit warming center

Service to the community is a core principle of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment program. The Cottage Grove JY group made it the heart of their program by choosing to sell mistletoe to raise money to support Beds for Freezing Nights, which provides a warm place for the homeless to sleep when the temperatures drop.

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.

The Birth of the Báb, November 13, commemorates the 1819 birth in Shiraz, Persia, of Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title “the Báb,” meaning “the Gate.” The Báb was the herald who prepared the way for Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. He called on people to purify themselves for the coming day of God.

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.

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