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, December 9th, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - Come and join us for a session of fun-filled activities: We will begin with an inspired drum circle and then we will join together in smaller groups to build models of Salem’s future Mashriqu'l-Adhkar (House of Worship).

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Devotions & Fireside, conversation on Bahá'í principles at the Salem Bahá'í Center.

Sunday, December 30th, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Interfaith devotions and Fireside gathering at Fox's home in Dallas. If interested please call 971-804-5943.

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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.

Sunday, May20th, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. – Screening of "Changing the World, One Wall at a Time", a documentary feature film on "# Education Is Not A Crime" initiative – one of the world’s largest street art and human rights campaigns, which raises awareness of education discrimination by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Bahá’ís.

This film was directed by film director & journalist Maziar Bahari. The film features interviews with popular street artists from around the world – as well as activists with experience of the American Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, and human rights work on behalf of Iranians of all backgrounds. Local Iranian Bahá’ís with personal experience of being denied their right to higher education will share their stories after the screening.

Venue: Salem Cinema at Salem Cinema 1127 Broadway St NE, Salem, OR 97301, (503) 378-7676

Following the 1-hour long movie, we will have discussions and answer to any questions from the audience.
Admission is free. Limited seating. RSVP to:
Please visit this film's website.

“Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” – Trailer

You may now watch the full movie "Changing the World, One Wall at a Time" here.

Sunday, June 10th, 2018, 2 p.m. – Screening of the movie ‘A Widening Embrace’: This film is a new innovative documentary film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice about the community-building efforts of the Baha’i world, as seen through the eyes of local populations.

Across the globe, followers of Bahá’u’lláh and their friends are striving in earnest to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the advancement of society. 'A Widening Embrace’ captures some experiences and insights from a selection of neighbourhoods and villages, in rural and urban settings. Here, a process of building vibrant communities is unfolding through individual and collective action propelled by a commitment to learning, in the words of Bahá’u’lláh, how to “translate that which hath been written into reality and action.”

Produced through a creative, grassroots process in which teams of often young people have documented the efforts of their own communities around the world to effect social change, the documentary draws on footage taken by those teams over the course of a year, and tells a story of transformation unfolding in 24 communities representing different realities and contexts. It focuses on three main themes: universal participation as a path toward collective prosperity, the vital role of young people in the transformation of society, and the emergence of a range of social and economic development initiatives that spring up from the spiritual aspirations of a population.

Approximate running time is 77 minutes. We will watch this movie at the Salem Bahá’í Center. Following the movie we will have discussions and refreshments.

You may now watch the full movie "A Widening Embrace" here.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. – Devotions & Fireside conversation on Bahá'í principles, at the Salem Bahá'í Center: An Evening of Music and Stories with Luke Slott. Luke is a singer and composer from Ireland. He was born into a musical family and studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has released 6 albums of both vocal and instrumental music. He has toured giving concerts and workshops in 20 countries. Luke uses music and stories to introduce friends to the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and to transport them through the early history of the Bahá'í Faith. This will be a very special night and is a wonderful opportunity for friends of the Faith to learn more. Please arrive early so that the presentation is not interrupted. Admission is free.

A sample of Luke Slott's songs: “One Hundred Thousand Veils”
Composed for International Human Rights Day, One Hundred Thousand Veils focuses on the plight of the Bahá'ís in Iran: the country's largest religious minority, who are subjected to systematic persecution by the Iranian government.


Sunday, October 14th, 2018, 7:15 p.m. – Screening of the movie "The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith". As the world suffers from the divisive forces of strife and intolerance, a new Faith advocates the oneness of humanity’s major religions as a path toward world peace. The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith is the groundbreaking documentary that tells the amazing, true story of the Prophet Herald known as The Báb (Arabic: The Gate), His message and the origins of a new era in world religion.

Venue: Salem Cinema at Salem Cinema 1127 Broadway St NE, Salem, OR 97301, (503) 378-7676

Following the 1-hour long movie, we will have discussions and answer to any questions from the audience.
Admission is free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

“The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith” – Trailer

Also, of interest is a short interview with Steve Sarowitz, the executive producer of this film:

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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