Thursday, 22nd March 2018
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The Bahá’í community of Waterford is hosting the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. In over 100,000 centres around the world, approximately 7 million Bahá’ís are joining with their families, friends and neighbours to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, and reflect on His mission of peace, unity and justice.

Celebrations will be held at St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre at 3.00pm - 6.00pm on Saturday, 21st October 2017 which will be attended by local residents, friends and neighbours, as well as representatives from the City of Waterford and the Metropolitan District of Waterford to which invitations have been extended.

"This is not just a time for celebration,” said Mathew Kennedy, a natural therapy practitioner in Waterford. "It’s a time to remember the sacrifice that the Founders of religions throughout history have been willing to make to create a new world, and to explore what kind of society we can build if we truly see all humanity as ‘the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch’, as Bahá’u’lláh described it.”

Bahá‘u’lláh was born into a noble Iranian family in 1817. From a young age, He was renowned for His extraordinary wisdom, compassion, generosity and commitment to justice. Because of His teachings, He was imprisoned, tortured and banished from His homeland for forty years. However, despite His suffering, He continued to share His message and called upon the kings and rulers of the world to establish peace and resolve injustices in their lands.

Since His passing in the Holy Land in 1892, the Bahá‘í Faith has spread all over the world and is now regarded as the most widespread religion after Christianity. Bahá’ís reside in every county in Ireland and are putting into practice His message of the need for a transformation in individuals and society that will usher in an age of lasting peace and prosperity for all.

Among Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings are the abolition of every form of prejudice through universal education, the recognition of the oneness of religion and the unification of the human family, the equality of men and women and the harmony of science and religion.

At the heart of Bahá’í belief is the conviction that humanity is one family with its diverse members sharing a common goal – the unity and peace of mankind. Addressing humanity, over a hundred years ago, Bahá’u’lláh wrote:

"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch … The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens … This handful of dust, the world, is one home: let it be in unity.”

Central to Bahá’í life is the blending of worship with service to the community. To this end, Bahá’ís in Waterford offer meetings for prayer and reflection, study groups on spiritual and social topics, moral education classes for children, and programmes for young teenagers aimed at developing their enthusiasm for service to society.

"In the spirit of true friendship to, and concern for, all humanity,we are reaching out to our friends and neighbours to join us in celebrating this special time of the Bicentenary,” said Anne Carri. "All have a part to play in contributing to a new kind of community.”

To join the celebrations in Waterford, please contact Mathew on 086 8122861, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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