About the Baha'i Faith »

[4 Sep 2012 ]

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 …

About the Baha'i Faith »

[17 Mar 2012 ]

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 …

Iran Human Rights, News: General Interest »

[13 Feb 2011 ]

On September 29th, 2010 Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy called attention to the Imprisonment of the Seven Baha’i leaders in Iran and to the long-term persecution there of the Iranian Baha’i Community. The full text of his speech to the United States Senate is here
Since the Baha’i Faith originated in Shiraz, Iran, in 1844 it has been vehemently opposed by powerful figures in the country’s Shīʻah Religious hierarchy. Some of the social teachings of the Baha’i Faith, such as its stand on womens rights, and the principle of each individual’s responsibility …

About the Baha'i Faith »

[15 Mar 2010 ]

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 …

Prayer »

[15 Mar 2010 ]

“The impulse to pray is a natural one springing from man’s love to God” -`Abdu’l-Bahá
One of our deepest human longings is to commune with our Creator. Praying together at a fixed time and place, in addition to strengthening bonds of unity and affection, brings a certain structure and realism to an activity in which our finite mortal minds reach out to the Infinite.  At Baha’i devotional gatherings prayers are read from the Bahá’í Scriptures as well as from the scriptures of the major revealed Religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and …