Baha'i community to celebrate anniversary

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2001

Monday, the Baha'i community of the central Kenai Peninsula will join millions of Baha'is around the world in observing the 184th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith.

The celebration will be held at the home of Curt and Debbie Shuey at 7 p.m. Sunday.

More than 100 years ago, Baha'u'llah proclaimed the need for collective security and the establishment of universal peace. He taught that to achieve unity and peace, man must abandon his prejudices and learn to see himself as a world citizen. He stated that the world, with its conflicting groups and the hostilities of race, nation and class, would have to give way to a new world civilization. To achieve peace requires a change of human nature -- there must be transformation of the moral values and instincts of man.

Baha'u'llah calls to let the vision be world embracing rather than confined to individuals. He gave a blueprint of a world society in which peace, unity and justice would prevail. He said the price of world peace is world faith -- people united under the banner of one God, working to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.

The teachings of the Baha'i faith revolve around three basic principles: the oneness of God, the oneness of religion; and the oneness of mankind.

For more information about the celebration, call Paul Gray at 262-9008.

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