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Gathering Oct. 27 is open to the community and honors all religions with music, prayer and presentations

COURTESY PHOTO: DANNY LYULYEV FOR WIKIMEDIA COMMONS - The Shrine of the Bab is located in Haifa, Israel. The Bahai Faith communities of the Gresham and Sandy area are holding a community gathering to celebrate the 200th birthday of The Bab, one of the two founders of the Bahai Faith.

"It will be a lovely event, a comfortable afternoon," said Sarah Bronte Eckstein, one of the organizers.

The gathering will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Fairview Community Center, 300 Harrison St.

The invitation welcomes people to join the Bahai Faith community "for prayers, presentation and music." Refreshments will be served.

Local duo Now and Then, which is father and son team Robert and Brendon Bassett, will perform.

The Bahai Faith is a religion that believes in one God and the basic worth of all religions. A main principal is unity and equality of all people. They believe in the equality of men and women and the elimination of prejudice of all kinds.

"This is a time when we need to draw people together for unity, tolerance and peace," Eckstein said. "We need to stand up against all the negativity that is in the world right now."

The Bahai Faith began in Persia (now Iran) and flourished in the Middle East, despite facing opposition.

Bahai Faith draws on the sacred texts of all religions, Eckstein said.

Estimates put the number of adherents between five and eight million, spread throughout the world.

The Bab and the other founder of the Bahai Faith, Bahau Ilah, were born days apart, according to the religion. They celebrate Oct. 29 and 30 as twin holy days.

The Bab, considered a messenger of God, was born with a traditional name. But he took the name, The Bab, which means "the gate" in Arabic, according to Bahai materials.

The Gresham Bahai Faith community also has an Interfaith Vigil for Peace and Tolerance from 6:30-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. All are welcome.

The gathering features music and readings from the Christian Bible and texts from other religions.

For more information on the Oct. 27 gathering, call 503-313-5651.


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