Welcome to Richmond Bahá’í Web site
You can go through our site to find out about Bahá'ís in general and activities within Richmond community.
Baha'is gathered at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel.
Bahá'ís are guided by the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith. Central Bahá'í principles include the oneness of humanity and the oneness of God. Bahá'u'lláh teaches that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin and one in their essential message of love. Each of the revealed religions provides fundamental spiritual and moral guidance, as well as social teachings appropriate to successive stages in the history and spiritual evolution of humanity.
Bahá'í teachings encourage world-mindedness, and promote the development of international institutions of world governance capable of managing the global challenges that confront humankind today. The equality of women and men, the harmony of science and religion, universal education, and the eradication of all forms of prejudice are among the central social principles of the Bahá'í Faith. Prayer and the development of one's capacities and talents in service to humanity, the pursuit of knowledge, and the practice of a profession or trade are among those principles vital to personal and family life, and the healthy development of the soul towards a future life beyond our physical existence.
Throughout the world Bahá'ís place great emphasis on the importance of developing vibrant local communities devoted to principles of unity, service to others, education of children and young people, and the central role of knowledge and the arts. Just as the Bahá'í International Community has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, working with UN agencies and non-governmental organizations at the international level, the Bahá'í Community of Canada collaborates closely with government and organizations of civil society in this country.
The Bahá'í Faith, founded in Iran in 1844, with today more than six million members worldwide, was introduced in Canada in 1898. There are now more than 25,000 Canadian Bahá'ís living in local communities spread throughout every province and territory. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada, the national governing council of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, was incorporated by an Act of the Canadian Parliament in 1949.