By Mark Reddy
Special to The PREVIEW
The Baha’is of Southwestern Colorado will join with fellow Baha’is in some 100,000 localities worldwide to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith.
The Light of Unity Festival celebrating the life of Baha’u’llah will be held at 2700 Main Ave. in Durango on Oct. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome.
The Baha’i Faith, founded in 1844, is the latest in a line of religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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, whose coming was foretold by all of the divine messengers of the past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baha’u’llah wrote, “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
In preparation for the Light of Unity Festival, Baha’is of Pagosa Springs will host a series of presentations on the theme of oneness to introduce the community to the Baha’i Faith and the person of Baha’u’llah.
Presentations followed by questions and discussion will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Oct. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, located at 811 San Juan St.
For more information about the presentations in Pagosa Springs, please contact Karen at 731-0669. To learn more about the Baha’i Faith, please visit www.bahai.org or call (800) 22-unite.
By Mark Reddy