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The Baha'i Community of Melville welcomed representatives from the major faiths, at a Celebration of Unity at the Baha'i Centre of Learning on Sunday 17 September 2017. The Oneness of God, the Oneness of Mankind and the Oneness of Religion are core principles of the Bahai Faith. This essential message of Unity was the theme of the celebration, held in advance of the Bicentenary of the Birth of its Prophet Founder Bahá'u'lláh, next month. The great faith traditions of mankind hold many of the same spiritual values: reverence for the Creator, appreciation of nature, respect for the sacredness of life, and recognition of the need for personal and collective faith in divine governance over human affairs. Further, all promote and nurture the virtues of love, honesty, humility, kindness, discipline and service. Despite this foundation of shared beliefs, religious differences too often cause suspicion and animosity. Commonalities go unnoticed and misunderstanding can sometimes prevail. All in attendance welcomed the occasion as a bridge to mutual understanding and respect. Those representatives in attendance included Neville Collard from the Noongar Community, Arun Krishnan from the Hindu Community, Mrs Kaur from the Sikh Community, Hanoz Kapadia from the Zoroastrian Community, Hugh Sykes from the Buddhist Association of WA, Rabbi Adi Cohen from the Temple David Community, Rev Lorraine Stokes from the Uniting Church of Willetton, and Veronica Anderson from the Baha'i Community.

Faeghe Evans from Melville Baha'i Community received the Mayor's Valued Citizen Award for 2013 in a special ceremony in the City of Melville for her extensive services in Spiritual Parenting. Faeghe has been involved in the education of parents and children for the past 30 years. She is a midwife, an educator in parenting and relationships with Relationships Australia and a virtues facilitator. Faeghe is an author and also runs her own courses; she is a mother to four adult sons.

Melville had a beautiful First Day of Ridvan celebration on the eve of 21 April 2015 at the Baha'i Centre of Learning. Many guests were among the members of the Baha'i Community and all enjoyed this joyous occasion.

The meeting of MP for South Metropolitan Region, Hon Simon O'Brien MLC with some of the friends from the Baha'i Community. In this meeting, the Baha'i Faith was introduced and some of the services and volunteer activities of the young members of the Baha'i Community were discussed.

A powerful expression of unity unfolded at the Baha'i Centre of learning in Myaree on Sunday July 21st, as those attending called for justice, united in their condemnation of the imprisonment of Baha'is and other persecuted minorities in Iran.

As part of the program, representatives of the major faith communities in Perth offered prayers in honour of seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders, and then placed red roses on seven empty chairs to symbolise the five men and two women imprisoned for their faith. A statement calling for the immediate release of the seven, issued by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr was read by Mr Luke McPharlin.To read the statement click here.

The representatives who attended the gathering were from left to right [of the picture]: Rev Frances Hadfield, Farzaneh Kashani, Anup Singh, Anu Madan, Rev Dr John Dunnill, Rabbi Natti Friedler.

The "Five Years Too Many" campaign acknowledges the fifth anniversary since the arrests of seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders, and highlighted their entirely unjust and wrongful imprisonment, and the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran. Bahá'í communities around the world have launched a campaign calling for their immediate release – and the release of all innocent prisoners of conscience in Iranian prisons. More information is available here.

Recently, Melville Baha’i Community’s Nahid Meshgin, along with Wendy Wisniewski (East Fremantle) and Eric Evans (South Perth), met with newly elected Member for Alfred Cove, Mr Dean Nalder, at his electorate office. Although Mr Nalder was familiar with the Baha’i Centre of Learning building in Myaree, he knew little about the Baha’i Faith. He was very happy to be informed about some basic aspects of the Faith - how it is organised, some aspects of its administration and the neighbourhood community building activities in which Baha'is are involved, including devotional meetings, Junior Youth groups and community service activities. The grave situation of the Baha'is in Iran was explained to Mr Nalder and he was advised that there are several families residing in his electorate who have immediate family members in prison in Iran. Mr Nalder was also informed that public events are occasionally held at the BCL to bring awareness of the circumstances of the Baha'is in Iran. The dialogue at the meeting acknowledged the bounty of religious freedom in Australia and the importance of working together to eliminate prejudice. (Mr Nalder suggested that a similar meeting also be arranged with his fellow MP Mr Matt Taylor, the new Member for Bateman, as the Baha’i Centre of Learning is located within his electorate.) The meeting concluded with a prayer and a group photograph.

“If we are not happy and joyous at this season for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?" _Abdul 'Baha

The Baha’i world celebrated their new year on 21st March (coinciding with the equinox) so our community in Melville also hosted a few events for this special Holy Day in the Baha’i calendar including a devotional programme at the Baha’i Centre and a dinner dance event at one of the halls in the City of Melville where many of our friends joined us, too. Our next Holy Day celebration is on the 21st of April. This Holy Day is the king of the festivals and we celebrate this day annually because the founder of the Faith, Baha’u’llah, declared His mission to the world on this day, in 1863.

Our community will have a picnic at the Heathcote Park, Applecross, inviting many of our friends and neighbours to join us for breakfast and celebrate this event in this beautiful park in Melville.

We also elect our new Spiritual Assembly of Melville on the evening of the 20th of April. This is an annual practice for Baha’i communities throughout the world. Every year nine adult members of the Melville community are elected (through confidential ballot) to serve on this Assembly at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). At our AGM’s, we reflect on the previous year and consult together on plans for the immediate future. In voting for the membership of the Assembly, community members reflect on the qualities of leadership: “.. it is incumbent to consider, without the least trace of passion and prejudice, and irrespective of any material consideration, the names of only those who can best combine of necessary qualities of unquestioned loyalty, of selfless devotion, of a well-trained mind, of recognized ability and mature experience.”

All of our activities are open to the public except the AGM and the 19th day Feast.

You are mostly welcome to come in the Centre and pick up a pamphlet, attend an informal Baha’i Information Evening every Wednesday 7:30pm, attend monthly “Soul Food” or call Baha'i Centre of Learning for any inquiries: 9330 6999. Nahid.

A weekly deepening with ladies from diverse backgrounds and religions at Nahid's place where spiritual themes are studied.

Celebrating the Festival of Ridvan

Every year from April 21 to May 2, Baha'is all over the world celebrate the Festival of Ridvan, commemorating Baha'u'llah's declaration of his prophetic message in 1863. The Melville Community celebrates the First, Ninth and Twelfth day of this Festival respectively on 21, 29 April and 2 May with a short historic presentation, music, refreshments and fellowship.


The Melville Baha'i Community and their friends celebrate Naw-Ruz every year on 21 March in an atmosphere of love and friendship with beautiful food and uplifting music.

Naw-Ruz (literally "New Day") is the Baha'i New Year festival and is held on the spring equinox, March 21.

The festival comes at the end of a 19-day fast in which adult Baha'is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset as a reminder of the need for individuals to be detached from their material desires.

Naw-Ruz is the first day of the first of 19 months in the Baha'i calendar, which was initiated by the Bab, the Forerunner of the Faith's Prophet-Founder, Baha'u'llah, who later confirmed it.

New Year Tablet from Abdul'Baha - 21 March 1918

"O ye Children of the Kingdom! It is the New Year. A year is the expression of the cycle of the sun, but now is the beginning of a cycle of the Sun of Reality! A new cycle, a new age, a new time, and therefore it is very blessed.

I wish the Blessing to appear and become manifest in the faces and characters of all the believers in God, so that they may also become a new people, and having found new life, and been baptized with Fire and Spirit, may make the world as new world -- so that the old earth may disappear and the new earth become manifest; the old ideas depart and new thoughts come; old garments be cast aside, and new garments be put on; former politics, whose foundation is war, be discarded; and new politics, founded upon peace, raise the standard of victory, the new star shine, and the new sun's gleam illumine and radiate; so that new flowers may bloom, the new spring become known, the new breeze blow, the new bounty descend, the new tree bring forth the new fruit, the new voice be raised, and its new sound reach all ears.

I desire for you all that you will receive this great assistance, and partake of this Bounty; that in Spirit and heart, you will strive and endeavour until the World of War become the World of Peace; the Worlds of Darkness the Worlds of Light; Satanic conduct be turned into Heavenly behaviour, the ruined places become builded up; the sword be turned into the olive branch; the flash of hatred be changed into the Flame of the Love of God, and the roar of the gun become the Voice of the Kingdom.

That the soldiers of death may become the soldiers of Life!

That all the nations of the worlds may be united in one nation; all races as one Race.

And all the National Anthems be harmonized into one melody.

Then this material realm will be Paradise, the earth will be Heaven, and the world of Satan will become the World of Angels.

Upon thee be greeting and praise."

"Say: The Most Great Festival is, indeed, the King of Festivals. Call ye to mind, O people, the bounty which God hath conferred upon you. Ye were sunk in slumber, and lo! He aroused you by the reviving breezes of His Revelation, and made known unto you His manifest and undeviating Path." -Baha'u'llah

The Melville Baha'i community and their guests celebrated the Nineth Day of Ridvan Festival on the 28th of April at Baha'i Centre of Learning which was organized by the Winthrop Baha'i neighborhood group. Befitting readings about the Ridvan Festival were read by a selection of readers accompanied by the piano.

The Baha'i community of Melville celebrated the first day of Ridvan Festival, the Most Great Festival, on Sunday morning 21st of April at Heathcote Cultural Centre, Applecross. The event was organized by the Applecross neighbourhood and was attended by more than 100 Bahá'ís and their friends who enjoyed breakfast and fellowship.

If you wish to visit the Baha'i Centre of Learning with a group to learn about the Baha'i Faith, you can do so by sending an email to melville@bahai.org.au and we will arrange an information session at a convenient time for your group.