Two hundred years ago, in the autumn of 1817, a child was born in Persia who would come to be known as Bahá’u’lláh, the bearer of a new message from God that calls on all the peoples on the earth to recognize their common humanity in a world that is rapidly shrinking. In October of this year, Bahá’ís all over the world—including those in Dallas, Texas—will invite friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers to join them in celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.
Below are a few of the public events that the Bahá’ís of Dallas will be conducting during this special time:
Far North Dallas:
"In the same way, the appearance of Bahá'u'lláh was like a new springtime which appeared with holy breezes, with the hosts of everlasting life, and with heavenly power."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 145)
Please contact us for more information in participating in one of these activities.
Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Israel
On May 14th, the National Spiritual Assembly asks us to phone the Washington D.C. offices of our US Representatives to urge them to become a cosponsor of House Resolution 109 (H. Res. 109), which condemns “state-sponsored persecution” of Iran’s Bahá'ís. They also call for the release of all prisoners held solely on account of their religious beliefs and express the desire of the Congress that the President and Secretary of State demand their release as well as hold accountable—pursuant to existing legislation—the officials responsible for these glaring violations of human rights.
When calling the office of a representative who is not yet a cosponsor of H.Res.109, explain that May 14 is the sixth anniversary of the incarceration of seven Bahá'í leaders in Iran who have been jailed for no other reason than their membership in this persecuted Faith. Express your hope that the representative will cosponsor the pending resolution, H.Res.109, in defense of Bahá'ís and other prisoners of conscience. Ask sympathetic friends and relatives who are not Bahá'ís to join this effort.
As of this publishing, there are only two cosponsors of the resolution from Texas, and none is from the Dallas area. When representatives cosponsor a resolution, their name is attached to it, which gives the resolution more weight than simply voting for its passage. If you do not know who your representative is, search here. Once you have made your call, please leave a comment on this article and share your experience.
Establishment of the Community