The Bahá’í Faith is the newest of the world’s independent religions, a faith focused on building a just, peaceful and sustainable world—one neighborhood at a time.
These lofty goals are attainable through a process of personal spiritual transformation and working together to build vibrant, harmonious healthy communities that are free from all forms of prejudice.
We are members of the Bahá’í Faith who are striving to deepen our understanding of the Bahá’í teachings and to apply these teachings to contemporary challenges. The Bahá’í Faith has no clergy and invites everyone to take part in a life-long process of independent investigation and learning about how lofty spiritual principles — such as the elimination of prejudice and the equality of women and men — can be translated into a new social reality. The central teaching of the Bahá’í Faith is the oneness of humanity, meaning that the long-promised age of global justice and peace is finally within humanity’s reach. Translating this vision into reality may take several generations of focused effort and learning. As Bahá’ís, our primary purpose is to help advance this humanitarian process.
We invite you to engage in this learning process through direct action at the grassroots in your community. The Bahá’í Faith is organized through a network of elected councils, called Spiritual Assemblies, at the local and national level. The Bahá’ís of Richmond are just one of the hundreds of Bahá’í communities across Canada and tens of thousands of communities around the globe engaged in a process of learning, action and reflection about the process of spiritual community building. It is not necessary to become a member of the Baha’i Faith to take part in a range of community building activities, such as study circles, prayer gatherings, and activities for children and teens — everyone is welcome.
Bahá’í Principles & Teachings
- The oneness of God, mankind, and religion
- The independent investigation of truth,
- The equality of women and men
- Harmony of science and religion
- Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty
- Universal peace
- A world commonwealth of nations
- A universal auxiliary language
- Spiritual solutions to economic problems
- Compulsory universal education