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We invite you to browse through our pages and explore the Bahá'i Faith and find out about our local activities.
If you find it interesting or have any questions regarding the Faith or our activities please
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'i 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'i 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.|
* Please join us every fourth Saturday of the month at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity to explore principles of the Baha'i Faith
and participate in relevant spiritual conversations.
Summer 2016: Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m.
Topic: Work as Worship
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'i 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.
Our first colloquy will be on the topic of “Work as Worship.” It will be an exploration of the following commandment revealed
by Bahá’u’lláh: "O people of Bahá! It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation — such as a craft, a trade
or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God."
* 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,
If you are interested in any of them, please contact us and we will arrange for a class.
- 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.
Bahá'i 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.|
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'i Faith)