Bahá’ís of Fort Wayne to plant trees in preparation of bicentennial celebration

| October 11, 2017

FORT WAYNE—The local Bahá’í community of Fort Wayne are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on Oct. 22. This will be a global, grassroots celebration with communities creating events large and small; many reflecting the diversity of nearly six million followers around the world.

Leading up to the local event, plans are underway to include a memorial tree planting on Sept. 19, in honor of the year of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth.

Bloomingdale Park in downtown Fort Wayne, overlooking the St. Mary’s River and beside the upcoming Riverfront Development Project is the chosen site for the tree planting. The trees, Bald Cypress, were selected in collaboration with Eric Ummel, landscape supervisor of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. These trees may live up to 600 years and grow to a height of 150 feet.

The Parks Department has prepared memorial plaques to memorialize the bicentennial events. Mayor Tom Henry, Al Moll, Fort Wayne Parks director, and Russ Jehl, city councilman, have been invited to attend the historic event.

Two trees will be planted, one this year and another, identical tree, will be planted in September 2019 to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the Báb. Bahá’u’lláh’s coming was heralded by the Báb (1819-1850), meaning “the Gate.” The Báb declared His Divine Mission in 1844, which is considered the beginning of the Bahá’í Era—a new cycle of human history and social evolution.

The Bahá’í Faith originated in Iran in the mid-19th century. In less than 200 years it has
become a universal faith present in every country in the world with adherents from virtually every national, ethnic, religious and tribal background.

The international Bahá’í community is quite possibly the most diverse organized body of
people on the planet. United by their belief in Bahá’u’lláh, and inspired by his teachings,
members strive to live out the twofold moral purpose of transforming their own characters while simultaneously contributing to the advancement of society. Bahá’u’lláh taught that religion is a cohesive force in society and a system of knowledge that has, together with science, propelled the advancement of civilizations.

The local Bahá’í community was established more than 70 years ago.

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