Baha’is to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah

‘Two Centuries of?Light’ to be held

The National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of the United States and the local Baha’i community will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith, with a “Two Centuries of Light” celebration at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 at 3948 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) was a spiritual leader who announced in 1863 that he was the bearer of a new revelation from God. His teachings have spread around the world, forming the basis of a process of social transformation and community building which is unique in its global scope and the diversity of participants.

The public is invited to attend this celebration of the transformative impact of Baha’u’llah’s teachings on the lives of families, neighborhoods and communities around the country and the world. Baha’u’llah’s vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the challenges that affect society.

“Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” said Bonnie Samms-Overley, secretary of the Altoona Baha’i group. “Baha’u’llah says ‘Be ye as the fingers of one hand, the members of one body.’ This is what we will be celebrating leading up to Baha’u’llah’s birth in October.”

The local celebration will be part of a worldwide observance of the bicentenary.

According to Samms-Overley, the Baha’i faith has more than

5 million followers. Baha’is reside in more than 100,000 localities around the world, an expansion that reflects their dedication to their ideal of world citizenship.

The Baha’i faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Baha’u’llah, is regarded by Baha’i as the most recent in the line of messengers of God that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ, Muhammad and the Bab. The central theme of Baha’u’llah’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society.

For more information, visit the National Baha’i website at www.bahai.us.org or contact the local community at 502-3755.

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