“Conscious of their high calling, confident in the society-building power which their Faith possesses, they press forward, undeterred and undismayed, in their efforts to fashion and perfect the necessary instruments wherein the embryonic World Order of Bahá’u’lláh can mature and develop. It is this building process, slow and unobtrusive, to which the life of the world-wide Bahá’í Community is wholly consecrated, that constitutes the one hope of a stricken society.”1

The Baha'i community of Melville invites you to come and try our community building activities. We believe that every individual is obliged to seek out spiritual truth for themselves. Baha'u'llah, the Prophet and Founder of Baha'i Faith, urged us to "see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others...know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbour." The Baha'i community offers a tranquil environment to relax and reconnect with your spirit. Most Baha'i activities are open to all regardless of religion and background.

1 Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Baha'u'llah, p 195

Humanity is one

The Bahá’í teachings emphasise that all of us, as creations of one God, are part of one human family.

Bahá’u’lláh said:

“The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”

People of nearly every background, in every nation, have become Bahá’ís.

The rhythms and routines of Bahá’í communities

Women and men are equal

Full equality and a firm sense of partnership between women and men are essential to human progress and the transformation of society. “Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God," said Bahá'u'lláh.

The worldwide Bahá'í community has been at the forefront of the movement to advance the rights of women for more than a century.

Advancing the status of women

All prejudice - racial, religious, national or economic - is destructive and must be overcome

Bahá’u’lláh gave special attention to the problem of prejudice. At the heart of His message is a call for mutual understanding and fellowship among nations, cultures, and peoples.

There is, Bahá'u'lláh insists, only one human race. Prejudice—whether based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or social background—must be overcome if humanity is to create a peaceful and just global society.

Abandoning prejudice

We must investigate the truth for ourselves without preconceptions

One of the main sources of conflict in the world today is the fact that many people blindly and uncritically follow various traditions, movements, and opinions.

Bahá’u’lláh emphasizes the fundamental obligation of human beings to acquire knowledge with their "own eyes and not through the eyes of others."

The Independent Investigation of Truth

Science and religion should be in harmony

The Bahá'í teachings stress the fundamental harmony of science and religion. Bahá'ís consider that it is the same unique God who is both the Author of revelation and the Creator of the reality which science investigates.

If indeed there is only one truth (reality), it is not possible for something to be scientifically false and religiously true; contradictions are attributed to human fallibility and arrogance.

The unity of religion and science

Our economic problems are linked to spiritual problems

The Bahá'í teachings envision that economic justice and prosperity will come about only when the essential connection between the spiritual and practical aspects of life is recognized.

A satisfactory solution to the world's present economic crisis lies in a profound change of heart and mind which only religion can produce.

Abolishing the extremes of poverty and wealth

There is one God

The Bahá'í belief in one God means that the universe and all creatures and forces within it have been created by a single supernatural Being.

Such designations as God, Allah, Yahweh, and Brahma all refer to the One Divine Being, Whose nature is unknowable and inaccessible to humankind. We learn about God through His Messengers, who teach and guide humanity.

The Bahá’í concept of God

All major religions come from God

When Bahá'ís say that the various religions are one, they do not mean that all the creeds and organizations are the same. Rather, they believe God has revealed Himself through a succession of Divine Messengers, Whose purpose is to guide and educate mankind.

They are expressions of a single unfolding Divine purpose, "the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future."

The oneness of religion

World peace is the crying need of our time

Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity's stubborn clinging to old patterns of behaviour, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth.

The Bahá'í community believes that humanity can confront this supreme trial with confidence in its ultimate outcome.

The Promise of World Peace