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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.
If you find it interesting or have any questions regarding the Faith or our activities please Contact Us.

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


Bahá'ís of the world are celebrating the 200th anniversaries of the births of
the Twin Manifestations of God for this day:

* Bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh: 22 October 2017 and
* Bicentenary of the birth of the Báb: 29 October 2019.

Read about our local events in observance
of these anniversaries…

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An open invitation from the Bahá'ís in the Salem area

Devotional meetings and other activities in and around Salem

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

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 and are free of charge.


Mondays:7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays:11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sundays:Interfaith 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:

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.
Saturdays:7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month a Bahá'í Fireside on various topics will be offered.

Conversations on Race:

Sundays:2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month we will have Conversations on Race, Unity of Mankind and Racism.
"Racism is the most challenging issue confronting America. A nation whose ancestry includes every people on earth, whose motto is E pluribus unum, whose ideals of freedom under law have inspired millions throughout the world, cannot continue to harbor prejudice against any racial or ethnic group without betraying itself. Racism is an affront to human dignity, a cause of hatred and division, a disease that devastates society." -National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, 1991.

Learning Activities:

* 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.

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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