The Bahá’ís of Yakima

Warmly thank our very special guest Toney Driver for his service and messages of hope, love and unity.

Friday September 15, 2017

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Toney Driver to Speak at Bicentenary Event

Toney Driver of Moscow will discuss “The times, they are a-changin’: Be the change you want to see”.
There is no admission charge. All are welcome.
Friday, September 15th. 2017.  In the Sun Room – North Town Coffee House at 7 p.m.
32 N Front Street, Yakima, WA
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The event is one of several as Yakima Baha’is join Baha’is throughout the world in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

Driver, a longtime resident of Moscow, is a Bahá’í and a musician. With his late wife Connie he received the 2009 Latah County Human Rights Task Force Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Award. Driver is known throughout the community for his work with Finding the Center Human Rights Conference, the Moscow Human Rights Commission, and the Northwest Coalition for Human Rights.

“I have always enjoyed Bob Dylan’s music,” Driver said, “and find his ‘Times they are a’changin’ as relevant today as it was in 1964.”

Driver will speak about global events, and how, in the face of what appears to be overwhelming chaos, a new world order of peace and unity is destined to emerge. He will emphasize what we can do in our communities, as individuals and institutions, to move past differences and to contribute to a unified global community.

 “Baha’u’llah taught that we need to recognize the basic unity of all humankind and act on that recognition,” Driver said. “Many faith-based and secular organizations are already working to overcome contemporary challenges. Baha’is the world over are joining these to collaborate in creating a productive and peaceful society.”

This talk is the second in a series with the overall theme of “What is the Significance of this Day?” The first was in Colfax in June, and a third is planned for Pullman in September. Main events will be on the weekend of October 20 through 22, the 200th anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birth.

These local events are part of similar activities in thousands of Baha’i communities worldwide between now and October.

Driver became a Bahá’í in 1969. He moved with his family to Idaho in 1977 where he opened a business to manufacture environmentally friendly products for soil conservation and erosion control. Although officially “retired” Driver still provides erosion and sediment control consulting services to clients in Japan, the Philippines, and China. He serves the Bahá’í Faith in a variety of capacities on committees and Baha’i institutions.

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Toney Driver “The times, they are a-changin’: Be the change you want to see”. (Dinner & Fireside)

- Join us for dinner 6p.m.
- Talk begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th. 2017 @ 6 p.m.
Gottlieb Home, 3500 Meadowcrest Lane, Yakima, WA 98903
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Baha’is of Yakima mark the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith


Bicentenary Celebration in Yakima

Saturday October 21, 2017 – Plans underway include open invitation gathering, celebrating the the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), through art, poetry, music, fellowship and open hearts.

Location: Oxford Suites


Bicentenary Celebration in Toppenish

Sunday October 22, 2017  – Save the date for a large event!  Join the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah (The Divine Educator) in Toppenish.  Learn to share the significance of this date with others.  Invite friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors.

Location: Smith Family Hall at Heritage University

More details for both celebrations will be added moving closer to the dates.

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