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Baha’is mark founder’s 200th birthday

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from Baha’is of Indian Land
Baha’is of Indian Land will join with millions of Baha’is around the world to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith, on Oct. 22.
Plans include celebrating the event with the Baha’i community of Rock Hill with dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Thi’s on Main, 210 E. Main St., Rock Hill, and a movie about Baha’u’llah and his teachings.
Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher 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 Light of Unity Festival is a 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 racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.
“Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” Parvin Esfahani said. “This is what we will be celebrating in the months leading up to Baha’u’llah’s birth in October.”
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 Baha’u’llah’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empower participants to contribute.
Activities will include drama, music, art exhibits, storytelling, service projects, prayer and devotional programs.
At the national level, the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill., is hosting a nine-week series of programs that began in September on themes applying the principle of the oneness of humanity to contemporary challenges, including environmental justice, race relations, indigenous peoples, human rights and the harmony science and religion.
To learn more or get involved, visit  https://bahai-us.lpages.co/bicentenary/.