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Baha’is to hold interfaith devotional gathering

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Hendersonville – The Baha’is of Hendersonville will host an interfaith devotional gathering and commemorative tree planting at Hendersonville’s Memorial Park on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.  All are invited to celebrate in verse and song the hope for peace and unity in our world as taught by all the Faiths of God.  

“Our devotionals draw upon many religions for inspiration,” said Nikki Gundry, chairman of the Hendersonville Bahá’í community. “Now more than ever, we need models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them. It is in the spirit of unity that we invite our neighbors, no matter what religion or philosophy they follow, to come together to celebrate the common foundation of all religions.”

This gathering is among several events planned to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.  A second pin oak has now been planted at the Peace Garden, which was established in 1988 with the planting of the first pin oak.  Over the years benches and a rose garden have been added and cared for by volunteers. Additional Bicentenary events will include an evening of dramatic story-telling and original music celebrating the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh at Hendersonville Performing Arts Center, book donations to Hendersonville Public Library, and a documentary film titled “Light to the World.”

Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings have spread around the world, forming the basis of what followers hope is a unifying process of social transformation and community building, unique in its global scope and diversity of participants. 

Teachings include: There is only one God; All religions share a common foundation; Humanity is one and all are equal in the sight of God; Women and men are equal, like the two wings of one bird; Science and religion are in harmony; Each individual is responsible for investigating truth independently.

The Peace Garden is in the heart of Hendersonville in Memorial Park at the rose garden behind Kids Kingdom and in front of the park pavilion. The street address is 151 East Main St., Gallatin Rd. in Hendersonville. 

For more information, contact Becky Buckosh at 615-584-1020 or hendersonvilletnbahais@gmail.com.

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