Light of Unity Festival – Celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in Tacoma

Light of Unity Festival

The Bahá’ís of Tacoma are preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh,

the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on Sunday, October 22, 2017. We warmly welcome you to join us

for this diverse artistic devotional event.

Sunday, October 22, 2017   2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tacoma Community College Auditorium

Building 2, South 12th Street and Mildred Street

 Tacoma, Washington 98466

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This is the Day in which God’s most excellent favors have been poured out upon men, the Day in which His most mighty grace hath been infused into all created things. It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness. It behoveth them to cleave to whatsoever will, in this Day, be conducive to the exaltation of their stations, and to the promotion of their best interests. Happy are those whom the all-glorious Pen was moved to remember,  and blessed are those men whose names, by virtue of Our inscrutable decree, We have preferred to conceal.

                                                                                                                                                                Bahá’u’lláh

 

 

Milestones 2017

Milestones 2017
                                The Tacoma Bahá’í Community will get together and celebrate significant milestones in the lives of its members for 2017.
What kind of milestones? Some examples:
  Birth                    Turning 15                     High School Graduation 
                                    College/University & Post-graduate Degrees 

                                                     Declaration of Faith and Child Registrations

                                                 Marriage                          First Time Home Owners

                                                  Retirement                                  And maybe others

 
Come Join Us !
Saturday, September 16th at the home of Tim & Debra Olsen

5:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner                    6:30 p.m. Celebration!

Bicentennial of Baha’u’llah’s Birth – Light of Unity

Light of Unity Festival

 

Baha’is of Tacoma are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah,

the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, on October 22, 2017. The Baha’is of Tacoma warmly invite

you to join us for this diverse artistic devotional event.

October 22, 2017, Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tacoma Community College Theatre – 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466

 

Lifelong Lovers of the Divine Beauty

O friends of God, it is certain that the clouds of divine bounty and bestowal rain equally upon all humanity. However, we each partake of these bounties according to our capacity. Although potentialities differ in degree, not a single soul is completely bereft of capacity. Indeed, progress in this world is dependent on that preordained measure and the manner in which people fulfill their God-given potentiality. Accordingly our responsibility is commensurate with our capacity, as it is said: “God will not burden any soul beyond its capacity.” It is our ardent hope that the lifelong lovers of the Divine Beauty will, in the privacy of their conscience and in the presence of God, thoroughly assess their ability, judge their situation, and decide what kind and extent of service they can render in the path of the love of Bahá’u’lláh, then offer it in fulfilment of a vow of faithfulness, that they may attain the bounty of reunion in the everlasting world and reap the harvest of their existence. Otherwise, if they think only of their own comfort in this mortal life and are heedless of the purpose of their creation, undoubtedly they will bring loss and regret upon themselves.

The Universal House of Justice

 

Bahá’ís of Tacoma – Bicentennial Birthdays of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb – 200 Years

October 22, 2017 is the anniversary of a special and joyous occasion for followers of Bahá’u’lláh. It is the 200th anniversary of His birth:  the birth of One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind. The 198th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, falls the day before, on October 21, 2017. And, the Báb’s 200th anniversary will occur in 2019.  There is no greater event in human history than the arrival of God’s Messenger. He renews the spirit of faith, reminding everyone of the unchanging spiritual values to which we must strive to attain in our own persons, and instituting new laws to suit to current conditions.

There will be local festivities to celebrate these occasions, both in Tacoma and in surrounding communities. As we are told by the Universal House of Justice, our supreme governing body,

At the heart of these festivities must be a concerted effort to convey a sense of what it means for humanity that these two Luminaries rose successively above the horizon of the world. Of course, this will take different forms in different contexts, extending to a myriad artistic and cultural expressions, including songs, audio-visual presentations, publications and books. Such initiatives, coupled with widespread celebrations that are both uplifting and reverent, are also sure to spark the curiosity and wonder of many who may as yet be unfamiliar with the names of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.

Plans are being made. Stay curious. Stay tuned. Stay inspired.

 

Our Community Life – Junior Youth Camp

Junior Youth Camp reflectionOver the weekend of February 14 – 16, 2015, twelve junior youth, two animators and one assisting youth gathered at a home in Gig Harbor for a three-day junior youth camp. The camp focused on studying and completing the  junior youth text Glimmerings of Hope, which over the course of twelve readings tells the story of Kibomi, a twelve-year-old from a small village in Africa who sets out to find his sister in another city after their parents fall victim to violent civil strife. Throughout his journey, Kibomi is presented with a number of opportunities to analyze prevailing social tides and begins to see the implications of the choices he makes. Every reading is followed by a few exercises designed to strengthen language skills, and help junior youth from every background think about how the understanding gained by Kibomi on his journey pertains to their own lives. This includes understanding and memorizing prayers, which the camp participants especially enjoyed putting to music together. To help reflect on and put into practice the concepts in the story, the junior youth engaged in a number of complimentary activities including taking a sailing lesson together, beachcombing and creating art from their findings, rising early together for dawn prayers, teaching a class to six children about preferring their brother, visiting a farm and doing a service project to help prepare vegetable beds, making candles, and creating skits about the story and unity. At the end of the camp, they hosted a celebration for parents and community members were they shared devotions, songs, art, skits, and thoughts about their experience.

The following are reflections from some of the junior youth who participated:

“It’s easy to get caught up, like the soldiers inJunior Youth Camp service project the story. But it’s possible to reflect on our actions. Despair is easier, but it brings more challenges.”

“God is the source (of strength and protection). In the analogy, humans made the boat, but God created the wood for the boat and the wind for the sail.”

“We can rely on Him and pray to Him and He might grant it if it helps make the world a better place.”

“God may illumine our hearts. Our hearts are made of glass, so it can be lit like a candle.”

“It was fun to see the children learn, to see them fully engaged.”

“It felt good to help people with their work. We also got to talk and socialize during it. It felt good doing good for other people, giving up our own desires.”

Junior Yout Camp Sailing 12At the end of our studies, some wrote the following:

“I am hopeful that this junior youth group can change the world in many different ways. I am hopeful for my family. I am hopeful that this world to be a more peaceful place, example no more wars, murders, robbers, bullies, and disrespectful people.”

“Hopeful means to me that you remain hopeful even when it is difficult. Hope is contagious it shouldn’t be hard to pass on. Hope is light and despair is the absence of hope, despair is not a thing in itself. I am hopeful that we will stay close to nature. I am hopeful that the arts and science be taught, be learned, be appreciated, and I am hopeful that we will never loose hope in the darksome night of despair.”

“I think hope means to me is not to stress about not having the little things in life. What I mean by that is that some people always complain about not having everything in life happen to them, they always give up, they loose hope.”

“Hope is knowledge, helping people. For example, being of service.”

“You have to trust God to have hope. Kibomi didn’t have faith or hope at first when his parents died. He needed to trust in God when his parents first died he should have prayer to God to make things better. Kibomi thought that he was not going to be happy again but he was wrong.”

Junior Yout Farm visit“Hopeful for getting a good education so I can go help people understand the purpose of material and spiritual intellect. Hope is being of service and striving through difficulties to be radiant. Through the hardest of times people think despair is easier so they lead a hard life, when you have hope you find/receive confirmation in difficulties.”

Reported by Stephanie Christy

Photos by George Dannells