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Bahá’ís Faith of Santa Cruz County

On Saturday, October 26th from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. the Bahá’ís Faith of Santa Cruz County celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, one of the Twin Founders of the Bahá’í Faith at the Rio Rico Community Center.

The Baha’i Faith is the youngest of the world’s religions.  It is based on the teachings of two Divine Educators, the Bab and Baha’u’ llah.  Both lived during the mid-1800s in Persia and shared revolutionary concepts about the oneness of humanity.  This month the Baha’i community celebrates the birthdays of both the Bab and Baha’u’llah. This year is significant because it is the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab.

Baha’is believe that there is one God who, out of love for humanity, reveals Himself and His Will through Divine Educators – the Founders of the world’s religions.  Some of these Educators are Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, and most recently, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. The Baha’i teachings tell us that we can know God through studying the lives, scriptures, and guidance of these Holy Messengers. 

The Bab (meaning “the Gate”) encouraged everyone to seek spiritual truth with independent hearts and to let go of superstition and dependence on clergy.  He was put to death for His teachings after a turbulent ministry of only 6 years, but His primary objective was fulfilled – to prepare humanity for the coming of Baha’u’llah, who envisioned a future where all of humanity operates as one loving family. 

The Baha’i Faith is organized without priests or clergy. Each person is responsible for his or her own search for truth and a relationship with God.  Our purpose in life, according to Baha’u’llah, is to draw closer to God by offering selfless service to others. Together, we are all citizens and caretakers of one planet.  Baha’u’llah calls upon each individual to actively root out our prejudices and systemic inequalities that divide people of different ethnic backgrounds, national origins, genders, and social classes.

Baha’is believe that lasting social change starts in the family and at the neighborhood level when we build relationships based on love and mutual respect. Baha’is gather in homes and community centers, offering opportunities for all age groups to worship, learn, and serve their communities together. Anyone (regardless of their religion) can participate and even host core community activities, which include:

  • Classes for children that help them discover and strengthen their inherent spiritual qualities like kindness and patience, through stories, songs, prayers, and art.
  • Groups of pre-teens and teens develop wisdom, compassion, decision-making skills and a mindset of service to others.
  • Study circles where adults learn together about the spiritual nature of life and initiate service projects relevant to their communities.
  • Prayer gatherings to nourish souls and inspire meaningful friendships among neighbors.

For more information about the Baha’i Faith go to https://www.bahai.org.  For information about local core activities, please contact Jill Moritz at 520-455-7151 or by email at jillmoritz@me.com.

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