We live in a time of rapid, often unsettling change, inspiring mixed feelings of dread, anxiety, anticipation, and hope.

In the midst of this turbulence, the Baha’i Faith can be a haven. The optimistic teachings of the Baha’i Faith answer essential questions about the human condition and the relationships that bind us together.

We welcome you to begin your journey of learning, exploration and participation today.

One Human Family

One Human Family

We believe God created us to be one human family. Together, we are all citizens and caretakers of one planet.

Every person comes into the world as a noble and beautiful creation of God. Our purpose in life is to draw closer to God by offering selfless service to those with whom we share the planet.

This core belief in oneness calls us to actively root out our prejudices and the systemic inequalities that divide people of different ethnic backgrounds, national origins, genders and social classes.

God

God

We believe there is one God, a loving Creator. God is limitless, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-merciful. All the best human qualities are reflections of God’s divine attributes.

As God’s creation, we may never understand God completely. God communicates through Messengers, also referred to as Divine Educators. We can know God through studying the words and scriptures of these Messengers.

Divine Messengers

Divine Messengers

The Baha’i Faith was founded by two Divine Educators, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Both lived during the 19th century in Persia, in a time of great turmoil.

The Bab, whose name means the Gate, encouraged all to seek spiritual truth with independent hearts, by removing attachment to superstition and reliance on clergy.

Baha’u’llah, whose name means the Glory of God, envisioned a future where all of humanity operates as one family. His teachings help us create more harmonious relationships between women and men, black and white, rich and poor, East and West, friend and stranger.

Scripture

Scripture

Baha’u’llah revealed over a hundred volumes of sacred texts, including prayers and meditations, a book of laws, mystical passages and the Book of Certitude, which covers theology.

Baha’u’llah’s Hidden Words are perhaps one of the most accessible scriptural collections, explaining the essence of faith in short and beautiful passages.

Daily Practices

Daily Practices

There is no clergy or priesthood in the Baha’i Faith. Each person is responsible for his or her own relationship with God and studying the teachings. Each Baha’i takes time every day to pray, read from scripture, meditate, and reflect on how to translate Baha’i teachings into action.

Organization

Organization

Each year, the Baha’i community elects local and national councils, known as Spiritual Assemblies. All Baha’is 21 and older are eligible to both vote and be elected. Diverse membership, non-partisan elections, and collective decision-making are basic features of the Baha’i model of leadership. In place of a clergy or priesthood, these local assemblies ensure community members feel cared for and connected to one another.

An international council, known as the Universal House of Justice, is elected once every five years.

O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love. - Baha'u'llah

Four Core
Community Building Activities

We believe lasting social change starts at the neighborhood level when we build relationships based on love and mutual respect. So, we start small by holding gatherings in community centers and homes with opportunities for all age groups to grow together.

Our core community building activities include:

Devotional GATHERINGS

Devotional GATHERINGS

Devotional gatherings bring everyone together for prayer, song and meditation. They take on the cultural character of local communities and embrace many faith traditions. Prayer and quiet contemplation, as well as joyous singing, drumming and other artful offerings are features of many devotional gatherings.

Study CIRCLES

Study CIRCLES

Study circles for teens and adults offer a chance for small groups to learn together. Topics include: the nature of the soul, the basic teachings of the Baha’i Faith, the lives of its Founders, and training for children's class teachers and youth mentors. Every study circle includes a community service component.

Children’s CLASSES

Children’s CLASSES

Children’s classes are for a community’s youngest and most precious treasures. Our classes help children connect to their inherent nobility and goodness, and practice the qualities given to them by God, like kindness, generosity and forgiveness.

Junior YOUTH GROUPS

Junior YOUTH GROUPS

Junior youth groups help young people, ages 11 to 14, navigate a crucial time in their lives and build moral clarity for the many decisions they’ll face. Youth groups design service projects relevant to their neighborhoods and find healthy ways to socialize together.

Anyone can participate in, and even host these activities, whether or not you choose to become a Baha’i. We welcome you to find an activity near you.

Bahá’í House of Worship

The Baha’i House of Worship is located just outside of Chicago, and is the only Baha’i Temple in North America. It is primarily a space for quiet prayer and contemplation. Organized devotions occur daily. The central purpose of Baha’i Temples is to join worship and service, in other words, to put prayer into action through service to others. There are no clergy, sermons or rituals.

Each continent has one glorious Baha’i Temple. There is one in Sydney, Australia; Apia, Samoa; Kampala, Uganda; Delhi, India; Frankfurt, Germany; Panama City, Panama; and Santiago, Chile.

In most cities and towns, Baha’i gatherings are held in community centers and homes. We invite you to find a gathering near you.

Australia
Uganda
Germany
Panama
India
Samoa
Chile

Origins of the Bahá’í Faith

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Building Community in America

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Oneness of Humanity

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