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We invite you to browse through our pages and explore the Bahá'í Faith and find out about our local activities.
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That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. -Bahá’u’lláh

Devotional meetings and other activities in and around Salem

Salem Bahá'í Center at 680 State St.
(the entrance door is around the corner on Cottage St. SE)

Please note that unless otherwise specified, all activities listed below are at the Salem Bahá'í Center (680 State St., the entrance door is around the corner on Cottage St. SE). If you have questions about any of these activities please call 503-362-6645 or visit the "Contact Us" page. These activities are open to all.


Mondays:7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fridays:Dawn Prayers on every first Friday of the month, at 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Saturdays:11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sundays:Devotions & Fireside on last Sunday of each month starting 2:00 p.m. at Fox's home in Dallas. If interested please call 971-804-5943.

Bahá'í Fireside:

On the fourth Saturday of each month at 7:00 pm, a Bahá'í Fireside will be offered.
A fireside is an opportunity to learn more about the Bahá'í Faith and ask questions. A short presentation will be made on an aspect of the Faith. Questions and discussions will follow. All are welcome.

See the event poster.

Quarterly Colloquy:

Spring 2017: Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Manifestations of God: Their Station, Attributes and Mission.
(In observance of bicentennial of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet–founder of the Baha’i Faith)

According to the British dictionary, a colloquy can be a formal conversation or conference or, it can be an informal conference on religious or theological matters. The Salem Bahá'í community is offering an opportunity for learning and dialogue in the spirit of the British "colloquy." Facilitators will offer brief presentations on principals of the Baha'i Faith and follow up with structured activities to promote respectful dialogue.

This colloquy will be on the topic of Manifestations of God. It will be an exploration of the Bahá'í Concept of the Divine Educators and Physicians.

Learning Activities:

* Children’s classes, emphasizing development of character virtues: Sundays 10:00 AM to noon.

* Junior Youth (ages 11-14) spiritual empowerment group, includes service projects: Sundays 10:00 AM to noon.

* Study circles: There are several study courses called Ruhi classes,
  • The first in the sequence of courses is called "Reflections on the Life of the Spirit.” It examines spiritual matters such as prayer, meditation, life and death and the development of the soul;
  • The second course, "Arising to Serve,” explores the joy of engaging in conversations with others about spiritual ideas and sharing the Word of God;
  • Another course, "The Twin Manifestations,” focuses on the lives of the two prophet-founders of the Bahá’í Faith, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, and the early history of the Bahá’í Faith.
If you are interested in any of them, please contact us and we will arrange for a class.

Bahá'í Center Open Hours:

Visit the center and ask questions!
Wednesdays:1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays:10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lending Library:

Visit our research library, which includes books of Bahá’i scripture, history, biography, as well as the holy writings and history of other world religions. There are also books written by Bahá’i authors on the application of spiritual principles to personal and societal problems.

Books are available for your study at the Center during open hours or during any of the activities listed above. Some of the books may be checked out for the maximum period of one month, one at a time.


Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom. -Bahá’u’lláh

As regards the meaning of Bahá'u'lláh's words regarding love of humanity, the Master [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] often explained it to mean that man should love his family, then his native town, then his province, then his nation, but should not stop there and acquire a narrow nationalism, but grow to love the whole-wide world and mankind at large. Bahá'ís love their country but should also love the world, that is other people. -Shoghi Effendi (The appointed Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith)

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