The Baha'i Community

'All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilisation'.

'Be ye anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in.'

'The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, 

are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.'


Baha'i community life is organised around local activities such as the 'feast' ( a regular community gathering), study circles, devotional meetings, children's classes, youth activities and regional meetings such as conventions and seminars. The affairs of the community are governed by councils, democratically elected by secret ballot at local, national and international levels. Baha'i institutions share certain goals: collective responsibility for the success of any enterprise; involvement by the vast majority of the membership; and open debate and discussion in decision-making, a process called 'consultation'.

The Faith has no professional clergy and funding comes exclusively from the voluntary contributions of the Faith's registered members. 

For Baha'is, spiritual and social evolution are reciprocal aspects of one process. As the soul's spiritual capacities are refined, the individual is empowered to contribute to the the advancement of civilisation and this, in turn, nurtures the development of the individual member of society. Baha'is see themselves engaged in the process of learning how the principles taught by Baha'ullah can be translated into the realities of personal and community life. 

Baha'is believe in income redistribution through progressive taxation, and the principle of profit-sharing is promoted in Baha'i writings. Also given strong emphasis is the importance of equality of the sexes, and many Baha'i community development projects have focused on the empowerment of women in low-income countries. Education is regarded as a universal right. 

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