The Bahá'ís of Marin!
The Bahá'í community of Marin encompasses members who live in the towns of Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Point Reyes Station, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito and Tiburon. The community currently meets in the private homes of its members and welcomes visitors and enquirers. Occasional public meetings are held in rented facilities.
Bahá'í devotional gatherings are held at various times and on different days of each week in Marin County to help create a space for conversations about the spiritual dimension of human existence. There are no rituals; no one individual has any special role. Meetings consist largely of reading prayers and passages from the Bahá’í and other sacred texts in an informal yet respectful atmosphere, then discussions. All are welcome.
Members of the Bahá'í Faith in Marin are diverse and active in a variety of social and inter-faith activities within the wider community. Most especially, Bahá’í work with children, young teens and youth, whom Bahá’ís see as the most precious treasure a community can possess. The goal of Bahá’í education is to help each young person understand the need for him or her to tend to their own spiritual development and to contribute to the well-being of society.
The Baha’i Faith has no clergy and invites everyone to take part in a life-long process of independent investigation and learning about how lofty spiritual principles — such as the elimination of prejudice and the equality of women and men — can be translated into a new social reality. The central teaching of the Baha’i Faith is the oneness of humanity, meaning that the long-promised age of global justice and peace is finally within humanity’s reach. The primary purpose of BahaiTeachings.org is to help advance this humanitarian process thorough striving to deepen our understanding of the Baha’i teachings and to apply these teachings to contemporary challenges.
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What Bahá’ís Believe
“He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”— Bahá’u’lláh
In thousands upon thousands of locations around the world, the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith inspire individuals and communities as they work to improve their own lives and contribute to the advancement of civilization. Bahá’í beliefs address such essential themes as the oneness of God and religion, the oneness of humanity and freedom from prejudice, the inherent nobility of the human being, the progressive revelation of religious truth, the development of spiritual qualities, the integration of worship and service, the fundamental equality of the sexes, the harmony between religion and science, the centrality of justice to all human endeavours, the importance of education, and the dynamics of the relationships that are to bind together individuals, communities, and institutions as humanity advances towards its collective maturity. Read more >
What Bahá’ís Do
“The cup of knowledge is overflowing; blessed are they who partake in draughts! The fountain of life is issuing forth; blessed are they who drink!”— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Since the inception of the Bahá’í Faith in the Nineteenth Century, a growing number of people have found in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh a compelling vision of a better world. Many have drawn insights from these teachings—for example, on the oneness of humanity, on the equality of women and men, on the elimination of prejudice, on the harmony of science and religion—and have sought to apply Bahá’í principles to their lives and work. Others have gone further and have decided to join the Bahá’í community and participate in its efforts to contribute directly to the realization of Bahá’u’lláh’s stupendous vision for humanity’s coming of age.
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“Bahá’u’lláh has drawn the circle of unity, He has made a design for the uniting of all the peoples, and for the gathering of them all under the shelter of the tent of universal unity. This is the work of the Divine Bounty, and we must all strive with heart and soul until we have the reality of unity in our midst, and as we work, so will strength be given unto us.
Throughout history, God has sent Divine Educators
to guide the advancement of civilization
Bahá'u'lláh, the latest of these Messengers, taught that a just and peaceful global society is now possible. For more than a century, Bahá'ís in the United States have striven to give expression to the oneness of humanity, a core principle of their faith, by seeking to eliminate racial prejudice, advance the equality of women and men, and build vibrant spiritual communities that reflect the human family in all its diversity.