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Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb

The 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Báb was joyfully observed on the east side of Tacoma the evening of Saturday, October 26th, at the new Eastside Community Center. About 85 persons attended, including about 50 friends of the Faith, largely from the east side. This included children and junior youth who have been involved in our classes and activities, as well as their families. The evening included presentations by the junior youth and children, other presentations, and music. This is also our tenth anniversary of involvement in this community with our core activities: study circles, youth and junior youth activities, and children’s classes.

Paint the Change

Paint the Change is a global street art project for social justice.  The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Tacoma collaborated with local artist Tiffanny Hammonds, who rendered this design on the side of the Family Investment Center building at 1724 East 44th Street, a space that Bahá’ís have used for many years. Type “Paint the Change” into your browser and get the website dedicated to this service, and then hit the “Education is Not a Crime” link at the top of the home page, where you will see examples of art from around the world. This cause originated as a protest against the Iranian government for its denial to Bahá’ís of the right to higher education. Our big Thank You! to the many people who contributed to help make this possible.

A Legacy of Art and Love – Walter Palmore

Walter Palmore was a Bahá’í from Chicago who moved to Tacoma about 1999. He was a familiar and welcome participant in community activities for many years. Walter was a gifted artist. He played the flute and he painted. Painting was a passion with him and an expression of his love. We are pleased to share several photographs of his paintings, as well as some photos of Walter. Walter passed from this world in December 2018. Photos are courtesy of Bonita and George Dannells.

Dizzy Gillespie

Vision, Strategy and Planning

Our Regional Bahá’í Council of the Northwestern States hosted a special meeting in early August for all members of Local Spiritual Assemblies and Area Teaching Committees in southwestern Washington. This special meeting, which was held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, was one of four regional meetings held in Oregon and Washington. The purpose of the gatherings was to build vision and enthusiasm for teaching the Faith leading up to the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb in late October and beyond.

Following opening comments, we divided into break-out groups where we sat with people who were not in our community or cluster, as much as was possible. This gave us the advantage of benefiting from a rich cross-fertilization of ideas from friends with whom we usually don’t have contact. After a break, we met with the members of LSAs and ATCs in our respective clusters so that we could consult on the next steps of our plans. Finally, each Spiritual Assembly met and formed its plans, writing them down on a poster. Each Spiritual Assembly then taped its poster to the wall so that we could all see the product of our combined consultations. Photographs of the posters are shown below.

Thurston – Mason – Lewis Counties
Tacoma

Pierce County Southwest
Olympic Peninsula
Lakewood
Kitsap County

Present at the East Side Community Center

A new community center opened on the East Side of Tacoma on Saturday, October 20, 2018. We had an information table to introduce ourselves to spiritually receptive souls. Here are some photos of that event. Photos by George Dannells.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Empowerment for All Ages

We are reaching out to everyone in Pierce County – children, junior youth, youth, and adults – to invite them to join with us and explore their spiritual nature, which is their true self, and to inform them of Bahá’u’lláh’s Message. We have children’s classes, junior youth spiritual empowerment activities, study circles, and firesides. Some of our activities and successes were presented at our Unit Convention in October, where we met to elect our delegate to next year’s National Convention.  Here are some photos. Photos by George Dannells.