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.
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.
Baha’is often host informal “fireside” meetings in their homes for introductory conversations about the Baha’i Faith. A fireside is a great setting for people to ask questions and learn about how the Faith’s teachings relate to contemporary life.
In addition, our core community building activities include:
(all ages) bring people of all backgrounds and beliefs together in prayer, song and meditation. They reflect the diverse cultural character of local communities and seek to stimulate meaningful conversations that can lead to action. As worship is linked with acts of service, a unifying spirit begins to permeate the community. Gatherings are held wherever "the mention of God [can] be made."
(ages 5–11) are for a community’s youngest and most precious treasures. They provide the early seeds of moral and spiritual education and introduce the oneness of humanity. All of the community’s children are welcome. These classes help children discover and strengthen their inherent spiritual qualities like kindness, patience and generosity through stories, songs, prayers and art.
Junior youth GROUPS
Junior youth GROUPS
(ages 12–14) motivate young people to explore complex issues, consult about neighborhood needs, plan and carry out acts of service and find positive avenues for recreation and artistic expression. Faced with navigating a crucial time in their lives, participants work to build moral clarity for the many decisions they’ll face. Working with mentors called “animators,” youth from all backgrounds develop a global identity, wisdom, compassion, decision-making skills and a mindset of service to others.
(ages 15–adult) are small groups that meet regularly, usually in the home of a group member, to study passages from the Bahá’í writings on the life of the soul and such themes as learning about consultation, accompanying one another in service and promoting the arts. This training builds capacity, skills and knowledge for a life of service to the community. Participants come to recognize that they have the power to re-create the world around them.
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.
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Suggested paths of explorations.
We invite you to learn these processes and more.
Bahá’u’lláh and His Covenant
The origins of the Bahá’í Faith and the source of its distinctive unity
The Life of the Spirit
The eternal soul, the purpose of life, and the development of spiritual qualities
God and His Creation
God, revelation, humanity, the natural world, and the advancement of civilization
The development of relationships among individuals, communities, and institutions that reflect the principle of the oneness of humanity
The principles required for the attainment of peace and the building of a new global civilization
Response to the Call of Bahá’u’lláh
The two-fold purpose fundamental to Bahá’í life
The integration of service and worship in Bahá’í community life
Family Life and Children
The importance of family and the education of children
The efforts of young Bahá’ís to contribute to the betterment of the world
The development of the Bahá’í community’s administrative structures and the refinement of its associated processes
Involvement in the Life of Society
Working alongside others for the advancement of material and spiritual civilization