“We desire but the good of the world and happiness of the nations…. That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled… Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the “Most Great Peace” shall come…. These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family…. “(words spoken by Bahá’u’lláh to Prof. E.G. Browne of Cambridge University in 1890)
Bahá’ís are 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 endeavours of all those in the world who work to promote unity and alleviate human suffering.
Bahá’ís work to build community and advance the processes towards peace in the United States and around the world. Efforts include grassroots community development projects that address the spiritual and material needs of the community and build the capacity of individuals to participate in creating a better world. Bahá’ís do not get involved in partisan politics, however we support diplomatic and public policy initiatives in collaboration with governments and like-minded organizations, principally in the areas of human rights, the advancement of women and sustainable development. For more information on the strides Bahá’ís are making, please visit http://www.bahai.us/social-action.