The Baha'i Communities of Bellingham and Whatcom County are part of a worldwide community based on the the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet/founder of the Baha'i Faith.
Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings offer hope to a troubled world.
He identified the spiritual principles on which humanity may, with divine assistance, establish lasting peace:
1. The oneness of humanity
2. Independent investigation of truth
3. Elimination of prejudice
4. Racial and social justice
5. The nobility of each human being
6. Equality of women and men
7. Harmony between science and religion
8. Universal education
9. Spiritually guided solutions to economic inequality
10, Justice and equity as foundations for world peace
“A new life is, in this age, stirring within all the peoples of the earth.” - Baha'u'llah
Bahá’ís hail from all walks of life. Young and old, men and women alike, they live alongside others in every land and belong to every nation. They share a common goal of serving humanity and refining their inner lives in accordance with the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. The community to which they belong is one of learning and action, free from any sense of superiority or claim to exclusive understanding of truth. It is a community that strives to cultivate hope for the future of humanity; to foster purposeful effort; and to celebrate the endeavors of all in the world who work to promote unity in diversity, to alleviate human suffering, and to construct a more peaceful and just social order..
Each year, the Bahá’í community elects local and national councils, known as spiritual assemblies. All Bahá’ís 18 and older are eligible to vote in administrative elections, and those 21 and older are eligible to serve on elected institutions. Diverse membership, non-partisan elections, and collective decision-making are basic features of the Bahá’í model of leadership. In place of clergy or priesthood, these local assemblies ensure community members feel cared for and connected to one another.