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[4 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on History of Baha’i “Firsts” in Jefferson County, WV | ]

First mention of the Faith in the U.S.: Reference to the Baha’i Faith was first made in an American public forum in September1893, during the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The occasion was the meeting of the World Parliament of Religions, where it was noted that “‘a famous Persian Sage’ had died recently in Akká. . . ..”1. The Founder of our Faith, Baha’u’llah, had passed away in Palestine, in exile, on May 29, 1892.
First Baha’is in Jefferson County: Research has turned up mention of our county in …

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[4 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on ABOUT US | ]

The Baha’is in Jefferson County formed a Local Spiritual Assembly in 1996, when the number of
adult believers reached nine. Since then, we have maintained an active Assembly every year—
the second locality in the State (after Charleston) to have been able to do so. Since there is no
clergy in the Baha’i Faith, the Local Spiritual Assembly is responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of the
Jefferson County Baha’i community, as well as its administrative affairs.
Many of our activities are held at our Baha’i Center, located in Ranson, WV at 308 So. Buchannan
Street. The building became our …

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[17 Mar 2012 | Comments Off on Why I Love Being a Bahá’í | ]

I was raised in a Christian home, attended a church school, and attended churches of several denominations before becoming a Baha’i in 1979. I love expanding my understanding from my Christian heritage through the lens of the teachings of Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith – the fourth Abrahamic religion, along with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
I love Baha’u’llah’s assurance that God’s assistance to humankind is unending and is provided through the teachings of His Messengers. I love His assurance that all the world’s great religions are based on …

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[15 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on World Peace and the Bahá’í Faith | ]

Bahá’u’lláh counsels mankind:
“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”
The Bahá’í Writings delineate a practical and new relationship between the nations and peoples of the world.  While a prisoner first in Adrianople and later in Akka (Palestine) Bahá’u’lláh wrote the the Kings and Rulers of the world summoning them to the call of God and stressing the opportunities which it was in the power of these rulers and leaders to sieze.  He called on them to bend their energies to the establishment of true religion, just …

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[14 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on FAQ about the Bahá’í Faith | ]

A few sample questions…
What is the Bahá’í Attitude toward the followers of other Faiths?
Bahá’u’lláh called upon the Bahá’ís to associate with the followers of all religions in a spirit of love and friendship. Bahá’ís see no intrinsic conflict with other religious communities, as they believe all the revealed faiths originate from the same Source, God, and are essentially one.
How is the Bahá’í Community organized?
Bahá’í community life is characterized by great freedom of individual belief. There is no clergy in the Bahá’í Faith.  A system of democratically elected councils at the …