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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

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

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A Prayer for Unity of Mankind:

O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord. -Bahá’u’lláh
FORGING A PATH TO RACIAL JUSTICE
A message from the Baha’is of the United States ... June 19, 2020

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Please Note: The Bahá'í Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 containment measures.
We will reopen when local and state authorities lift stay-at-home restrictions. To join any of the local Bahá’í activities listed below, through online gatherings, contact us at 503.362.6645 or email to secretariat@bahaisofsalem.org.
You will be provided with a link to join the session(s) of your interest.


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

A Healing Prayer:

O God, my God! I beg of Thee by the ocean of Thy healing, and by the splendors of the Daystar of Thy grace, and by Thy Name through which Thou didst subdue Thy servants, and by the pervasive power of Thy most exalted Word and the potency of Thy most august Pen, and by Thy mercy that hath preceded the creation of all who are in heaven and on earth, to purge me with the waters of Thy bounty from every affliction and disorder, and from all weakness and feebleness.
Thou seest, O my Lord, Thy suppliant waiting at the door of Thy bounty, and him who hath set his hopes on Thee clinging to the cord of Thy generosity. Deny him not, I beseech Thee, the things he seeketh from the ocean of Thy grace and the Daystar of Thy loving-kindness.
Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. There is none other God save Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.
-Bahá’u’lláh

Devotional meetings and other activities in and around Salem

Devotionals

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Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Sundays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Last Sunday:
(of each month)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dallas Interfaith Devotions
Second Tuesday:
(of each month)
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Third Thursday:
(of each month)
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Daily: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST from U.S. Bahá'í Center in Chicago, IL.
This is a world-wide virtual devotional program via Zoom and on Facebook Live.
You may join to listen and watch or participate by sharing your own prayer, scripture or song. Click here to go to the website for more information and how to attend online.

The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements. -Bahá’u’lláh

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.
Fourth Saturday:
(of each month)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Discussions on Contemporary Issues

Conversations on Race

"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.
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Third Sunday:
(of each month)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. We have Conversations on Race, Unity of Mankind and Racism.

Learning Activities

Children Classes

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Teaching Children to be World Citizens -- Bahá’ís see our young as the most precious treasure of any community. The aim of Bahá’í children’s classes is to nurture the tender hearts and minds of children by helping them to develop spiritual qualities that will benefit them and others. We provide weekly children’s classes that are open to all. Currently, the classes are conducted online via Zoom and are learning about world religions. Baha’is believe that all major religions come from one God, and have more in common than the things that separate them. The classes include stories, music, memorization of prayers and games. They are taught by two teachers who have years of experience teaching in public schools and have had background checks. For more information, please contact Pam Volk, pamela.volk9@gmail.com.

Wednesdays: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Spiritual education for children aged 6-10

"O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful." -‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Jr. Youth Spiritual Empowerment

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. For junior youth aged 11-14 - spiritual education and development

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.

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.

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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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