Spiritual centre officially opened

Spiritual centre officially opened

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City of Canning mayor Paul Ng speaks to a crowd during the Baha’i centre-opening event.

The first Baha’i centre in Canning opened last weekend to a crowd organisers said was larger than expected.

On Saturday May 14 City of Canning mayor Paul Ng and councillors Ben Kunze and Pauline Tarrant were in attendance for the hour-long event to speak with residents about the centre.

Chair of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canning Mehnoosh Loh said she was thrilled with the turnout.

“There were definitely a few more than we expected,” she said.

“We had to send quite a few people away when they called us because of the capacity of the hall. We had quite a few people who wanted to come.

“It’s the first time that a Baha’i community has had a centre in Canning. We’ve been meeting for a little while and doing activities and services for the community though.”

Baha’i faith was founded in the 19th century in Iran and claimed to have more than five million followers worldwide.

The faith claimed religious figures such as Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad were messengers of god.

Iranian man Baha’u’llah who claimed he was the latest messenger founded it in 1863.

The centre provided activities and community services including homelessness and environmental awareness programs for youths.

It also provided programs that focus on spiritual and moral education of children as well as hosting drama and dance groups, community service programs, games and discussions for children between 11 and 15-years-old.

It was located at 20 Aldan Crescent, Shelley.

Anybody interested in getting involved at the centre could send an email to [email protected].