A profile of the Baha'i Faith and its worldwide community
Since its origin in 1844, the Baha'i Faith has grown from an obscure movement in the middle east to the second-most widespread of the independent world religions. Embracing people from more than 2,100 ethnic, racial and tribal groups, it is quite likely the most diverse organized body of people on the planet. Its unity challenges prevailing theories about human nature and the prospects for our common future.
The Founder of the Baha'i Faith was Baha'u'llah (1817-1892), a Persian nobleman who suffered 40 years of imprisonment and exile. Baha'is believe that He was the latest in a line of Messengers from God that includes Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
The main theme of Baha'u'llah's message is unity. He taught that there is only one God, that all the world's religions represent one changeless and eternal Faith of God, and that all humanity is one race, destined to live in peace and harmony.
There is no clergy in the Baha'i Faith. It conducts its business through a distinctive system of global administration, which features a network of democratically elected national and local-level governing councils in more than 20,000 locations in 165 countries.
Locally, there are Baha'is throughout the Bay Area. In Sonoma County Baha'i communities are established in Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastapol, Cotati, Penngrove, and Petaluma.
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