Bahá'ís celebrates establishment of spiritual assembly

Tue, 09/18/2007 - 7:32pm

Members of the Bahá'í Faith invite the public to join them in celebrating the establishment of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Fayetteville on Saturday, September 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot. Members of the Bahá’í Faith from all over Metro Atlanta and as far away as Chicago will join in the celebration to recognize this important event.

The Bahá’í Faith (pronounced Bah-HIGH) is relatively unknown in many areas although it is the second most widespread religion in the world according to the Encyclopedia Britannica World Book. There are approximately five million Bahá’ís throughout the world, more than 150,000 in the United States and almost 6500 in the state of Georgia.

Because the Bahá'í Fai! th has n o clergy the Assembly has a key role to play. In each locality where at least nine members of the Bahá’í Faith reside, a Spiritual Assembly is elected to administer the work of the local Bahá’í community. All Baha'i elections are by secret ballot, and in a spirit of prayer, with no nominations or electioneering permitted. Every Bahá’í over 21 years of age is eligible, and diversity of background is considered a strength within the Bahá’í community.

“Bahá'ís view the formation of an Assembly as a major step forward for the development of the Bahá'í Faith in this area.” Claudia Phillips, the Chairperson of the new local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Fayetteville, said. “The Assembly is a channel for service to the whole community. Worldwide, the Bahá’í Community has more than a century of experience in creating a model of unity that transcends race, culture, nationality, class, and the differences of sex and religion.” The Bahá'ís of Fayetteville invite you to our Children’s Virtues classes, Pre-Youth (middle-school) activities, and on-going Study Circles. For more information, please call (770) 460-9831 or email

The Bahá'í Faith is an independent religion, founded by Bahá'u'lláh, (pronounced “Bah-hah-ol-LAH”) a Persian nobleman, in the 19th century. Core beliefs include the oneness of humanity, the equality of men and women, the harmony of science and religion and the recognition that all religions come from the same God.

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