Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
The Baha'is of Waterford are delighted to announce the forming of its Local Spiritual Assembly for this year. The members from left to right at the back are Joseph O'Brien, Richard Hatton, Kevin Connolly (Secretary)and Maurice Pickett (Chairman) and front row Tina Salter (Vice Chair), Ala Sabour Pickett, Michael O'Meara (Treasurer), Sarah Sabour Pickett and Mathew Kennedy.
Unique among the worlds religions the Baha'i Faith has no professional clergy but elect instead from among both men and women who are 21 year's old or over, nine members who serve on Spiritual Assemblies in cities and towns where there are nine or more Baha'is resident, tending to the needs and affairs of the community.
Over 7 million Baha'is world wide work tirelessly to embrace humanity on all levels, to love without exception each and every soul, and to bring about equality and justice, the abolishment of prejudice and the extremes of wealth and poverty, by building a new society that no longer divides and separates its citizens through class, race, earnings, or other man made limitations that presently divide us.
With its all embracing view of the global populace, adherence to profound spiritual principles common to every faith, and an acknowledgement of the all the prophets of God from Zoroaster through to Mohammed, this unique religion continues to grow and captivate the hearts of those who have the foresight to see our planet as one community, making the Baha'i Faith the most ethnically, all inclusive and culturally diverse religion in the world.
The Baha'i Community of Waterford enjoys and celebrates cultural diversity. The Community also takes up volunteering tasks on the Baha'i Holy Days, and teaches dynamic and interactive children's and Junior Youth classes on a weekly basis, instructing young minds in Waterford from various religious and multi cultural backgrounds on such universal spiritual principles as love, co-operation, kindness, honesty and trustworthiness. Members of the community also hold neighbourhood devotionals in their respective homes open to all and circles of study on spiritual matters.
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