Contributing to the Betterment of the Community

"The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity and dissension."

The principle of the oneness of humankind finds expression in the diversity of the Bahá'í community.  It is also the force that motivates Bahá'ís towards a common purpose – to work side by side with all people towards a vision of unity that finds expression in every interaction and relationship.

"Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom."

Bahá'ís understand that the practical realization of unity envisioned in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh will not come about through the efforts of a few people acting alone, no matter how noble their aims. Rather, it will require a growing community, unified in thought and action, engaged in an ongoing process of education.

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    Classes for children strive to nurture spiritual and moral qualities.
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    Spaces for teens, called junior youth groups, help to channel energies and awaken capacities for service and purpose.
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    Youth are often at the forefront of change in the community as they learn to read their own reality and take purposeful action.
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    Coming together to pray and meditate, in all sorts of places, contributes to the devotional character of a community.

In all types of settings, Bahá’ís are learning how to foster gatherings for friends and neighbors to unite in prayer and explore how to draw from spiritual forces like love, service and an attraction to beauty that provide meaning to our individual and collective lives; how to tend to the spiritual aspirations of children and make their education central to community and family life; how youth and young people, whether Bahá’í or not, can be given particular assistance in navigating crucial stages of their lives, to carry out acts of service and help their communities progress spiritually and materially. Women and men, young and old alike, are invited to wholeheartedly participate.

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The below content areas are found on the international site of the Bahá'í community. Here you can explore the various ways in which Bahá’ís—individually, collectively, and through the work of their institutions—have responded to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Responding to the Call of Baha’u’llah

Explore the two-fold purpose fundamental to Bahá'í life.

Youth and Social Action

Learn about the efforts of young Bahá'ís to contribute to the betterment of the world.