Bahá’ís around the World

The worldwide Bahá’í Community is diverse and tireless! Here we offer a glimpse into some of the things Bahá’ís are doing around the world.

Religion in public life discussed with Scotland’s leader
The Bahá’í Community of Scotland sent a representative to a meeting convened by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.
The meeting was convened to discuss the role of faith in public life, the importance of interfaith dialogue, and the support offered by religious communities to the humanitarian crisis in southern Europe. Representatives of religious communities participated.
“Interfaith work and the contribution of faith groups is essential in transforming lives and building a stronger, fairer and equal Scotland,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told an Interfaith Summit, held on 8 September 2015. The summit was held in the Cabinet Office of Bute House, the residence of the First Minister of Scotland in Edinburgh.
In the image at left, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon sits at the head of a table at which gathered representatives of the country’s religious groups, 8 September 2015 in Edinburgh. Bahá’í representative Jeremy Fox is seated front left.
Some attendees at Bahá’í Summer School – Norway

More than 430 Bahá’ís from 12 different countries attended this Norwegian Bahá’í Summer School.  The program involved workshops, lectures, prayer, meditation, music, and even a wedding.  Some of the themes of the sessions were “A Just World Order,” ” The Path of Divine Love,” “Social and Economic Development Projects,” “Consultation,” and “Health and Healing.”

Bahá’ís at the United Nations

Two representatives of the Bahá’í International Community addressed a High-Level Roundtable on “Financing for Gender Equality” at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women on 25 February 2008.

Bahá’í Summer School – Slovenia/Croatia

Participants at the 2004 Bahá’í Summer School of Croatia and Slovenia.

Teachers of Bahá’í Children’s classes in Nicaragua.

Education of children is very important in Bahá’í Communities around the world.  Here a group of teachers of Bahá’í Childrens classes in Nicaragua are holding certificates of recognition they received for the valuable and important services they performed.

Seat of the Universal House of Justice

This model ship was a gift to the Universal House of Justice from the President of the Island Nation of Seychelles.  It is on display in the Seat of the Universal House of Justice which is located at the World Center of the Bahá’í Faith on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa Israel. The Seychelles archipelego is located in the Indian Ocean about 1000 miles off the coast of Kenya.

The Universal House of Justice is a nine-member body elected by the National representatives of the Bahá’í Communities around the world.  The authority for the formation and election of this institution comes from the explicit text of the Bahá’í Writings.  It enacts all ordinances not explicitly revealed in Baha’u’llah’s Book and all Bahá’ís are instructed to turn to it for guidance during the Dispensation of Baha’u’llah.

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