The Bahá'í Faith


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).

"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.

Area Baha'is welcome U.S. Senate's passage of resolution condemning treatment of Baha'is in Iran

Bahá'ís in Lane County and throughout the U.S. cheered the recent passage of Senate Resolution 75, which condemns the persecution of members of the Bahá'í Faith in Iran and calls for the release of individuals imprisoned because of their religion. Both Oregon senators were co-sponsors of the resolution.

Events highlight fifth anniversary of arrest and imprisonment of Bahá’í leaders in Iran

Early in the morning of May 14, 2008, the homes of some members of the Bahá’í Faith in Tehran were raided. The authorities arrested Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Vahid Tizfahm. They were imprisoned along with a seventh person, Mahvash Sabet, who had been arrested two months earlier.

Anniversary of imprisonment of Bahá’ís in Iran remembered

To mark the five year anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of the seven Iranian Bahá’í leaders, the Bahá’í International Community is launching a campaign to call for their immediate release – and to draw attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran. The campaign began on May 5 under the title "Five Years Too Many."

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 134 Condemning the Persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran

A New Year's Day congressional session brought some much-welcomed relief to American taxpayers worried about taking care of themselves and their families in the coming year. Perhaps barely noticed in the midst of the tremendous attention focused on the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. House of Representatives also provided relief to some American families with relatives currently living in Iranamong them, at least four Lane County families.

Bahá’ís to celebrate anniversary of Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Eugene-Springfield area Bahá’ís will join Bahá’ís around the world in celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the founder of their religion, Bahá’u’lláh, who was born on November 12, 1817.

Bahá’u’lláh, whose given name was Mirza Husayn-Alí, was born into Persian nobility in Tehran. In 1863, he declared that he was God’s messenger for this age. As a result, he was stripped of his belongings and exiled, along with his family, to Baghdad and, later, to the Ottoman prison city of Acca in Palestine. His followers are known as Bahá’ís.

Bahá’í perspective published in The Register-Guard

The harmony of science and religion is the topic of the article in the "From Heart to Heart" series for May 26, 2012 in The Register-Guard newspaper.

The essay, written by local member of the Bahá’í Faith, Lisle Veach, suggests that, "Whatever our faith, perhaps our holy scriptures were never meant to be seen as mere science or history books. Suppose, instead, those inspiring words and stories were intended for a deeper purpose: as a guide for living our lives."