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16 April 2017

Bahá’ís of Thurston County celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on October 21, 2017.

The evening of program included music, dance and inspiring words. The program, entitled “The Light of Unity Festival”, was honored by Pete Kmet, mayor of Tumwater reading a letter to the Baha’is of Thurston Coun ty for their work on promoting unity and the education of children and youth. Then Dr. Les Purce, former president of Evergreen State College, spoke on the unity of mankind, universal education and the value of community ending with an inspiring song. Music was provided by the trio Thoughts, Words & Actions, the Alleluia! bell choir, and the One Voice choir.  Traditional cultural dance performances and ceremonies were provided by The Agency Singers drum group, Bob Adams playing an opening processional and recessional on bagpipes, Veda Sorna SVS dancing Bharatanatyam, the Splinter Dance Group interpretive dances, and the Foss High Islanders performing a Haka.  The event was followed by a cupcake reception.

The Bahá’ís of Thurston County are calling attention to the transformative impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of families, neighborhoods and communities around the country and the world. Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.

This event will be followed by showings of the film film Light to the World. The film tells the story of Baha’u’llah’s remarkable life and the impact of His teachings on communities around the world.

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