The Baha'i Faith is a new religion founded 150 years ago. Its main teachings revolve around the oneness of humanity and the need for world peace. It claims to have the solutions for the world spiritual and social problems.

There are several million Baha'is in the world. They live in every country of the world and there are organised Baha'i communities in most countries.

Baha'is believe:

The Baha'i Faith's global scope is mirrored in the composition of its membership. Representing a cross-section of humanity, Baha'is come from virtually every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession and social or economic class. More than 2,100 different ethnic and tribal groups are represented. Since it also forms a single community, free of schism or factions, the Bahá'í Faith comprises what is very likely the most diverse and widespread organized body of people on earth.

Together, Baha'is are working towards building a new world where:

However, Baha'is do not believe that these social principles can be achieved merely by political and administrative means. They require a spiritual change within each of us so that we become less self-centred and a psychological change, such that we stop thinking about ourselves primarily in terms of limited loyalties to nation, class, ethnic group, religion, social class, or gender and start thinking of ourselves in terms of human beings living on one inter-connected planet.

The Baha'i community has a program of action at the local level. This involves courses that are designed to develop the capacity of all, especially those who have been repressed and oppressed in the lower levels of our societies (the poor, ethnic minorities, women) to think for themselves and to have confidence to voice their opinions. Moreover this development program is not in the direction of self-centredness and narcissism that so much of so-called "self-improvement" and "empowerment" programs today are. Rather the program develops the capacity to be of service to others and to the community.

Baha'is are actively working towards these goals at a local level by building communities that replace the emphasis in our present world on competition, domination and conflict by an emphasis on working in cooperation and collaboration though consultative processes that encourage the participation of all. Baha'is consider that the present political structures in all parts of the world encourage divisiveness and conflict, therefore they prefer not to use them but rather to build an alternative model of society. These activities are not insular and confined to members of their own community. Baha'is are actively reaching out to all like-minded people and creating networks of social cohesion and action that can act as a framework for a future society. 


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