Bahá’í Community Life
The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion that was founded in Persia (today Iran) in 1844. The Faith’s central theme is that humanity is one family and the time has come for its unification into a peaceful global society. We have a global vision but act with local attention and care.
“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.” — Bahá’u’lláh
Bahá’ís come from all backgrounds and walks of life. We are united by the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith: that there is one God, one human race, and one evolving religion.” Bahá’ís see humanity as a single people who live in a shared world and have a common destiny; “the earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
Bahá’í community life follows cyclical patterns of consultation, action, and reflection. We try to apply any insights gathered from our study of Bahá’í texts to our lives and to the needs of our community. The Bahá’í community and its friends are engaged in a variety of community-building activities. These activities are designed to assist individuals, our families, our neighbourhood and the city at large in the spiritual search for truth and in the effort to build a better world.
The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months each of 19 days and starts on March 20 or 211st each year. A Nineteen Day Feast, is held on the first day of every Bahá’í month. This is the main gathering in every local Baha’i community. After the devotional opening there is a time for the community to hear from its Local Spiritual Assembly and feed back to this local Baha’i institution comments and suggestions. Other times we come together as a community are on the nine Holy Days. Our main activities are: devotionals, study circles, children’s classes and junior youth activities. They are open to all people whether Baha’i or not. As well as these activities, individuals may serve the local community in a number of ways such as, donations to food banks, participation in Preston’s inter-faith work and voluntary chaplaincy work in prisons and hospitals.
The purpose animating religion, in the words of Bahá’u’lláh, is “to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race.
Gather ye together with the utmost joy and fellowship and recite the verses revealed by the Merciful Lord. By so doing the doors to true knowledge will be opened to your inner beings, and ye will then feel your souls endowed with steadfastness and your hearts filled with radiant joy.
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“Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you.” —Bahá’u’lláh
Bahá’u’lláh taught that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers of God—Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and others—represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. Bahá’u’lláh, the most recent Messenger in this line, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world.
We invite you to learn more about our Faith—its perspective on the past, its understanding of the present, and its vision for the future.
To learn about the life of Bahá’u’lláh, the Faith’s Founder, visit Bahá’u’lláh.org. You are also invited to learn about the Preston Bahá’í community by participating in our events and community-building activities, to whatever degree you feel comfortable or able. Contact us for more information.