Bicentenary Celebrations [2017 - 2019]

Bahá'í gardens with olive trees in Akka, Israel.

In observance of these anniversaries, the following events have been planned in Salem and surrounding communities:

We have listed only the up-coming events over the next few months. All of these events are open to public. There is no charge for attending. Just come in, enjoy the fellowship and learn about the Bahá’í Faith.

Sunday, September 17th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Fun with Facts about Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb at the Salem Bahá’í Center. Various activities (such as games, word search, crossword puzzles, art and craft projects) to learn or refresh our memories about the history and message of the Twin Manifestations.
(Note: Other activities necessitated to reschedule this event, originally planned for Sep. 10th.)

Saturday, September 23rd, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Public talk by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University. His topic is "Who is Bahá’u’lláh?" It addresses the question by exploring His teachings. He will be speaking at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St, Monmouth, OR. Dr. McKiel is a Bahá'í and author of two books about religion: "Beyond Tolerance: Religion and Global Community" and "Being Human: Reflections from Psychology and Religion".

Saturday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – Fireside conversation at the Salem Bahá'í Center.

Sunday, October 8th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Public talk by Dr. Saghar Sadeghian, “Unity of Mankind: Bahá’u’lláh’s revolutionary message from 19th century Iran” at the Salem Public Library, Loucks Auditorium, located at 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR. Dr. Saghar Sadeghian, Ph.D.is the Assistant Professor of History at Willamette University and Associate Director of Yale Iranian History Internet Archives (YIHA). Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 9th, 6 p.m. — The mayor of Salem, OR, the honorable Chuck Bennett, at the City Council meeting in City Hall will proclaim 22 October 2017 as "A Day Honoring the Oneness of Humanity" in Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Friday, October 20th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. — Celebration of the Birth of the Báb at the Salem Bahá’í Center. Beginning of the special Twin Holy Birthday celebration. Devotionals, music and refreshments have been planned for this evening.

Sunday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh at the Salem Bahá’í Center. The celebration includes a short talk by Dr. Amir Badiei, music, prayers, presentations by children and youth, lunch together, a movie (being prepared at the Bahá’í World Center), socializing and dessert.

Verily I say, this is the Day in which mankind can behold the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised One. The Call of God hath been raised, and the light of His countenance hath been lifted up upon men. It behoveth every man to blot out the trace of every idle word from the tablet of his heart, and to gaze, with an open and unbiased mind, on the signs of His Revelation, the proofs of His Mission, and the tokens of His glory. -Bahá’u’lláh
The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new. Speak, and hold not thy peace. The day star of blissfulness shineth above the horizon of Our name, the Blissful, inasmuch as the kingdom of the name of God hath been adorned with the ornament of the name of thy Lord, the Creator of the heavens. Arise before the nations of the earth, and arm thyself with the power of this Most Great Name, and be not of those who tarry. -Bahá’u’lláh

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