Sep 20

Light of Unity Festival

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

The Baha’is around the world are celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah on October 21 and 22, 2017. You are warmly invited to join us!

Schedule of events

The Birth of the Báb Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Greater Columbia Bahá’í Center
2020 Assembly Street, Columbia

The Light of Unity Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Irmo Community Park
7473 Church St, Irmo

The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Celebration
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Greater Columbia Bahá’í Center
2020 Assembly Street, Columbia

The Bahá’í Faith

In tens of thousands of locations around the world, the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith inspire individuals and communities as they work to improve their own lives and contribute to the advancement of civilization. Bahá’í beliefs address such essential themes as the oneness of God and religion, the oneness of humanity and freedom from prejudice, the inherent nobility of the human being, the progressive revelation of religious truth throughout history, the development of spiritual qualities, the integration of worship and service, the fundamental equality of the sexes, the harmony between religion and science, the centrality of justice to all human endeavors, the importance of education, and the dynamics of the relationships that are to bind together individuals, communities, and institutions as humanity advances towards its collective maturity.

The Báb

In the middle of the 19th century – one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history – a young merchant named Alí Muhammad announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity. At a time when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the title “The Báb”, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic.

The Báb announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh. The Bab was martyred for His teachings in 1850 in Tabriz, Iran.


In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Bahá’u’lláh – meaning the “Glory of God”-to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. For four decades thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization based upon teachings which educate and elevate both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.

“I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God.” ~Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh suffered 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile for bringing God’s latest message to humanity. Today, His life and mission are becoming increasingly well-known across the planet. Millions of people are learning to apply His teachings to their individual and collective lives for the betterment of the world.

For more information about the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, their teachings and history, please visit the Bahá’í web pages: http://www.bahai.org/, www.bwc.org, www.columbiabahai.org