The Bahá’ís of Washtenaw County mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of The Bahá’í Faith with the “Light of Unity Festival”
Please come celebrate this momentous occasion with us:
Friday October 20th from 7 – 9:30: at Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College – a formal program celebrating local community service, including live music and recognition of distinguished community service
Saturday October 21st from 1 – 5pm: an Open House at the Baha’i Center of Washtenaw County 5550 Morgan Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Sunday October 22nd – a Family Friendly celebration from 2 – 6 at Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College. Including an auditorium program, activities for children and light refreshments.
What is the Light of Unity Festival?
The Light of Unity Festival is a celebration of the transformative impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of families, neighborhoods and communities around the country and the world. The Light of Unity Festival is not an event but a series of activities generated at the grassroots level all around the country, which reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empower participants to contribute. Activities around the world will include drama, music, art exhibits, storytelling, service projects, prayer and devotional programs.
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, 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. 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.
Bahá’u’lláh’s coming was heralded by the Báb (1819-1850), meaning “the Gate.” The Báb declared His Divine Mission in 1844, which is considered the beginning of the Bahá’í Era–a new cycle of human history and social evolution.
What did Bahá’u’lláh teach?
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
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
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