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Who We Are

The Eugene-Springfield Bahá'í community is as diverse as the area we live in. All races, ages, and social classes come together to create a warm and authentic sense of community. What the members of this community share in common is their adherence to the Bahá'í Faith.

The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than five million adherents in 236 countries and territories. Bahá'ís come from nearly every national, ethnic and religious background, making the Bahá'í Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world.

Bahá'ís view the world's major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity. Bahá'u'llah (1817-1892), the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, is recognized as the most recent in a line of Divine Messengers that stretches back beyond recorded time and includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. The central theme of Bahá'u'llah's message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for humanity’s unification into one global society. While reaffirming the core ethical principles common to all religions, Bahá'u'llah also revealed new laws and teachings to lay the foundations of a global civilization. “A new life,” Bahá'u'llah declared, “ís, in this age, stirring within all the peoples of the earth.”

The worldwide Bahá'í community, composed of people from virtually every racial, ethnic and religious background, is working to give practical expression to Bahá'u'llah’s vision of world unity. We invite you to learn more about the Bahá'í Faith and benefit from the spiritual and practical insights found in the Revelation of Bahá'u'llah, God's message for humanity in this day.

The Bahá’í Faith has had a presence in Lane County for more than 50 years, and the Eugene Bahá’í Center opened its doors at 1458 Alder Street in the mid-1980s.

Bahá’ís, like members of other faith communities, gather regularly to pray, study, share food, music and art and enjoy fellowship.

Want to know more? Please contact us or see our Upcoming Events calendar to find an event to attend. All are welcome, and no donations are requested or accepted at any Bahá’í events.

What We Do

Devotional Gatherings

Devotional Gatherings freature prayers, music and readings from the Bahá'í Faith, followed by informal group discussion.

A devotional gathering is conducted every Sunday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Eugene Bahá’í Center. During these gatherings, all are welcome to join us for readings, prayers, and meditation, followed by a group discussion of diverse spiritual concepts. No donations are requested or accepted at devotional gatherings, or any other Bahá’í events.

Many members of the Bahá’í Faith also host devotional gatherings regularly in their own homes. View our Upcoming Events to see when a devotional gathering is happening in your neighborhood.

Study Circles

Each study circle follows a specified curriculum based on the teachings, principles and beliefs of the Bahá’í Faith. Courses are open to all and include discussions for those seeking to enrich their spiritual lives in smaller group settings. The first course in the sequence, titled Reflections on the Life of the Spirit, discusses themes such as prayer, the purpose of human existence, and the journey of the soul. Contact us to find out how to enroll in an upcoming study circle.

Spiritual Education Classes for Children

Classes that teach moral education, service to humanity and Bahá’í history and principles are held in neighborhoods throughout the area and may take place after school or on weekends. These sessions, which focus on teaching children spiritual virtues from a Bahá’í perspective, are open to all children five years of age and older. Contact us to find out more about classes in your neighborhood.

Junior Youth Activities

This non-denominational program focusing on the spiritual empowerment of junior youth (ages 12–15) seeks to enhance the spiritual and intellectual capacities of the youth and to prepare them for active participation in the affairs of their communities. The objectives are threefold: to develop personal and spiritual excellence, to carry out acts of service and to develop bonds of friendship through activities incorporating the arts and games.

Links

Official United States Bahá'í website with general descriptions of the Bahá'í Faith: www.bahai.us

Official international Bahá'í website with information in many languages: bahai.org

Official site to read and search the Bahá'í writings: reference.bahai.org

Become a Bahá'í online: join.bahai.us

Información en español

El sitio oficial de la comunidad Bahá’í en España: bahai.es/articulos