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Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, the Prophet and Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

posted Oct 2, 2019, 5:27 AM by Irina Rahimi


Fort Wayne, IN, September 17, 2019 — Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Plans underway include a special program for the entire family featuring devotions, music, crafts, a video presentation and a light meal. The event will take place at Franke Park's Pond Pavilion beginning at 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Prior to the program on October 28, 2019 the local Baha’i community will plant a commemorative Bald Cypress during a ceremony on Wednesday, October 9, 10:00 AM at Bloomingdale Park. This tree will take its place next to the first tree planted two years ago in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah.

Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, millions of people worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth in October 2017. In October 2019, people will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, whose revitalizing message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

The Báb (1819-1850) is the Prophet and Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. He announced, in the middle of the mid-1800s, that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform humanity’s spiritual life. His mission was to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh, who would usher in an age of unity, peace and justice.

This two year Bicentenary period is a celebration of the birthdays of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, Whose teachings are transforming the lives of families, neighborhoods and communities around the country and the world. Their vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.

“Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” said Dean Hill, “This is what we will be celebrating in the months leading up to anniversary of the Báb’s birth in October.”

The 2019 Bicentenary is not a single event, but rather, a highlight in an ongoing series of community building activities, generated at the grassroots level all around the country. Activities which reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empowers people of every background to participate.

To learn more and get involved, go to www.bahais-fortwayne.com or https://www.bahai.us/

Who is the Báb?
The Báb (1819-1850), whose name means “the Gate,” is a Prophet and Herald to a Divine Mission, inaugurated in 1844, which is considered the beginning of the Bahá’í Era--a new cycle of human history and social evolution. The Báb’s call was for spiritual and moral reformation. He paid special attention to improving the position of women and the lives of the poor. His six year mission was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God, Bahá’u’lláh, Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions.


Who is Bahá’u’lláh?
Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), whose name means “The Glory of God,” is considered by millions around the world as the Divine Educator for this age. His coming was foretold by all of the world's religions. In His writings, Bahá'u'lláh outlines a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life. His teachings, centered around the recognition of the oneness of humanity, offer a compelling vision of a future world united in justice, peace, and prosperity.

What did Bahá’u’lláh teach?

One God
Called by different names throughout the ages, the eternal God, the Creator of the universe, is limitless, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. God is one. The reality of God is beyond human understanding, though we may find expressions of God's attributes in every created thing. “The peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God.” --Bahá'u'lláh

One Human Family
Beyond all differences of culture, class or ethnicity, regardless of differences in customs, opinions or temperaments, every individual is a member of one gloriously diverse human family. Each unique soul has a role to play in carrying forward an ever-advancing material and spiritual civilization. “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship…” --Bahá'u'lláh

One Unfolding Religion
Humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated by the successive Founders of the world’s religions--the Manifestations of God—among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and most recently, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. Each religion originates from God and is suited to the age and place in which it is revealed. In essence, the religion of God is one and is progressively unfolding. “This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”--Bahá'u'lláh

Origins
The Bahá’í Faith originated in Iran in the mid-19th century. In less than 200 years it has become a universal faith present in every country in the world with adherents from virtually every national, ethnic, religious and tribal background.

A Movement of Personal and Social Transformation

The international Bahá’í community, numbering more than five million, is quite possibly the most diverse organized body of people on the planet. United by their belief in Bahá'u'lláh, and inspired by His teachings, members strive to live out the twofold moral purpose of transforming their own characters while simultaneously contributing to the advancement of society. Bahá’u’lláh taught that religion is a cohesive force in society and a system of knowledge that has, together with science, propelled the advancement of civilizations

Sacred Writings
The writings of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh are considered by Bahá’ís to have been revealed by God. As the creative Word of God, these sacred writings have the power to touch the deepest recesses of our hearts and transform us and the world around us. The Bahá’í writings address the needs of the age and offer inspiration for individuals working to better themselves and their communities. Bahá’u’lláh enjoined His followers to read daily from the Sacred Texts, “Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths.”

Worship
Bahá’ís consider work done in the spirit of service to humanity as the highest form of worship. Prayer, offered both in private and in the company of others, is regarded as essential spiritual nourishment, providing inspiration for positive personal and social change. Individuals pray daily and observe an annual period of fasting.The Bahá’í Faith has no clergy or sacraments, and has very simple practices for life transitions such as marriage and funerals.


Administration
The affairs of the Bahá’í community are administered, without clergy, through institutions established by Bahá'u'lláh to foster universal participation and to diffuse knowledge, love, and unity. This administrative order includes both elected and appointed institutions at local, national, and international levels. Non-partisan elections and collective decision-making are hallmarks of Bahá’í administration. These and other principles constitute a model of just and unified global governance.

Plant Trees in Preparation of Bicentennial Celebration

posted Oct 1, 2019, 5:37 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 5:31 AM ]



Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne to Plant Trees in Preparation

of Bicentennial Celebration

Tuesday, October 9, 2019 – 10:00 AM

Bloomingdale Park (near blue Bicentennial bench)


Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Plans underway include a special program for the entire family featuring devotions, music, crafts, a video presentation and a light meal. The event will take place at Franke Park's Pond Pavilion beginning at 6:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Prior to the program on October 28, 2019 the local Baha’i community will plant a commemorative Bald Cypress during a ceremony on Wednesday, October 9, 10:00 AM at Bloomingdale Park.  This tree will take its place next to the first tree planted two years ago in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. 

Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, millions of people worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth in October 2017.  In October 2019, people will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, whose revitalizing message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

Plant Trees in Preparation of Bicentennial Celebration


Sacred Sounds

posted May 30, 2019, 6:17 AM by Irina Rahimi


An evening of shared music, writings and friendship. Sacred Sounds is intended to create a sacred space for those who attend.

The first of these evenings will be on Saturday, July 6 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30.  More dates check our calendar.

The presentations will last approximately 45 minutes which will be followed with light refreshments.

Monthly Community Unific Events

posted Apr 9, 2019, 4:29 AM by Irina Rahimi


Definition of unific: tending to produce unity.

Friends, Co-Workers, Family Members, and New Acquaintances are getting together for PURE FUN - a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
We’ll play games—Bunco (!) if we have at least 12 players, board games, cards, whatever strikes your fancy. Of course, we’ll share yummy snacks, great conversation , and maybe some surprises!

Sundays at the Main Library, Meeting Room A —1:30 PM—4:30 PM

April 14, 2019
More dates to be announced. 

Contact: carolbutler9@gmail.com * BahaisFortWayne@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by the Baha’is of Fort Wayne

AYYÁM-I-HÁ CELEBRATION 2019

posted Feb 5, 2019, 7:09 PM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Feb 25, 2019, 8:43 AM ]

The Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne invite you to attend

AYYÁM-I-HÁ

Ayyám-í-Há means “Days of Há”.  Bahá’ís celebrate the oneness of God during Ayyám-í-Há through acts of love, fellowship, unity, charity and goodwill.  The intercalary days of Ayyám-í-Há:

“stand apart from the ordinary cycle of weeks and months and the human measure of time, thus Ayyám-í-Há can be thought of as days outside of time, days that symbolize eternity, infinity and the mystery of God Himself.”


Please download Ayyam'i Ha flyers below for detailed information all of these events. 


  Everyone can be a Hero

 

Tuesday, Feb. 26th @ 12:00 PM - Community Lunch

Taj Mahal Indian lunch buffet.

6410 W Jefferson Blvd #9b, Fort Wayne, IN

 

Wednesday, Feb. 27th @ 6:00 PM - Soup Night

Food will be provided; just bring a warm smile.

3802 South Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807, USA

 

Thursday, Feb. 28th @ 6:00 PM - Superhero Training Academy for Kids
A special event for kids. Come wearing your best superhero costume!

15016 Indian Creek Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

 

Friday, March 1st @ 6:00 PM - Community Party

Please bring a dish to this potluck event. Both adults and children are encouraged to dress up as a real-life or fantasy hero!

 15016 Indian Creek Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

 

For more information visit
 www.bahais-fortwayne.com

UNIFIC

posted Nov 21, 2018, 6:55 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 4:15 AM ]

Definition of unific: tending to produce unity.

Friends, Co-Workers, Family Members, and New Acquaintances are getting together for PURE FUN - a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
We’ll play games—Bunco (!) if we have at least 12 players, board games, cards, whatever strikes your fancy. Of course, we’ll share yummy snacks, great conversation , and maybe some surprises!

Sundays at the Main Library, Meeting Room A —1:30 PM—4:30 PM

December 2, 2018 
January 6, 2019
February 3, 2019
March 24, 2019
April 14, 2019

Contact: carolbutler9@gmail.com * BahaisFortWayne@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by the Baha’is of Fort Wayne

The 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne

posted Oct 5, 2018, 5:30 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 8:15 PM ]


Update: 12/12/2018


The Bahá’í Community of Fort Wayne is delighted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne this year.

On April 21, 1943, nine residents, the total number of adult Bahá’ís living in the city of Fort Wayne at that time, requested recognition by the National Spiritual Assembly to form a Local Spiritual Assembly (LSA). Mrs. Maye Worthington was immediately elected Secretary of that body.

Every year on April 21st, members of the Bahá’í community have elected another Local Spiritual Assembly. This year will mark the 75th anniversary of the original formation in 1943.

Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith declares the underlying and motivating principle of the faith is the unity of humankind.


“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”


Saturday, November 3, 2018

2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Main Library—Meeting Room A


COMMEMORATION PROGRAM

  • Devotions
  • Our Stories—1943: Earliest Fort Wayne Bahá’ís
  • Former City Bahá’ís Share Memories
  • Mrs. Janet Williams—Shiloh, OH
  • Fort Wayne Bahá’í Community—2019: What’s Ahead?


Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Fort Wayne.

Twin Holy Birthdays

posted Oct 5, 2018, 5:09 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 5:27 AM ]

Please join the Fort Wayne Baha’is & their friends for

 Twin Holy Birthdays

These two consecutive days celebrate the births of the founders of the Bahá'í Faith, a world religion that believes in the oneness of God, harmony of religion, and unity of humanity.

Birthday of Báb

Thursday, November 8 @ 7:00 pm

3802 S. Harrison

Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Light refreshments following

“The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.” – The Báb




Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh 

Friday, November 9 @ 7:00 pm

11616 Carroll Cove

Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Light refreshments following

“Dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world.” — Bahá’u’lláh


Celebrating Naw-Rúz

posted Apr 9, 2018, 5:38 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 5:39 AM ]

The Fort Wayne area Baha’is welcomed friends and neighbors to joyous celebration of the Naw-Rúz

Nowruz, historically and in contemporary times, is the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday and is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia. Since ancient times it has been a national holiday in Iran and was celebrated by more than one religious group. The Báb, and then Bahá'u'lláh, founders of the Bahá'í Faith, adopted the day as a holy day and associated it with the Most Great Name of God.

The symbolic notion of the renewal of time in each religious dispensation was made explicit by the writings of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and the calendar and the new year made this spiritual metaphor more concrete. `Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'u'lláh's son and successor, explained that significance of Naw-Rúz in terms of spring and the new life it brings. He explained that the equinox is a symbol of the Manifestations of God, who include Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh among others, and the message that they proclaim is like a spiritual springtime, and that Naw-Rúz is used to commemorate it.



Celebrating Ayyám-i-Há

posted Mar 6, 2018, 4:17 PM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 8:24 PM ]




The Fort Wayne area Baha’is welcomed friends and neighbors to several joyous events during Ayyám-i-Há. Events started with the Saturday evening community dinner and celebration with special guest Kevin Locke, who shared traditional Lakota stories, Native American flute music, and then performed a traditional hoop dance that celebrates unity.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EPhlgY2zPeDUV4Rg1 

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