Bicentenary Celebrations [2017 - 2019]

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

“Light to the World”
This film was commissioned by the Universal House of Justice, the Bahá’i world-governing body. Regarding this Movie, the Universal House of Justice has stated: “it is hoped that the friends, in addition to their many other activities, will put on screenings that stimulate conversations about the Person of Bahá’u’lláh, about how He was willing to bear extraordinary hardship so that humankind might be rescued from its confusion and suffering, and about how He now inspires the efforts of millions of people who derive from His teachings inner strength and spiritual direction for their lives.”

Follow this link to see the historic bicentenary commemorations, worldwide.

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

Up-coming Events:

Below, are the events planned for the current month. 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, March 11th, 2018, 2 p.m. – Please join us for a discussion of Call to the Nations: Extracts from the Writings of Shoghi Effendi. This book addresses the problem that the vital necessity of world order is largely acknowledged today but the means to achieve it baffle even its most passionate advocates.

Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Devotions & Fireside conversation on Bahá'í principles, at the Salem Bahá'í Center.

Sunday, March 25th, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – Interfaith devotions and Fireside gathering at Fox's home in Dallas. If interested please call 971-804-5943.

Highlights of some of the past events:

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Public talk by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University. His topic was "Who is Bahá’u’lláh?" It addressed this question by exploring His teachings. He spoke 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".

Sunday, October 8th, 2017, 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, the Assistant Professor of History at Willamette University and Associate Director of Yale Iranian History Internet Archives (YIHA).
Read more about Prof. Sadeghian's talk…

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

Friday, October 20th, 2017, 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 were planned for this evening.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh was held at the Salem Bahá’í Center. The celebration included a short talk by Dr. Amir Badiei, music, prayers, presentations by children and youth, lunch together, a movie (“Light to the World”, prepared at the Bahá’í World Center, see above), socializing and dessert.
See pictures of this celebration.


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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