“Let your vision be world embracing…” -Bahá’u’lláh
In Calderdale we aim to serve our local community, and to inspire a diverse range of people of all ages and backgrounds. We share the principles of the Bahá’í Faith and try to put them into practice in our own lives to help to build a better world.
People currently in our community originally came from Belgium, Ghana, Portugal, Romania, the United States and from around the UK, before settling in Calderdale.
We take part in various activities in a spirit of unity, openness and friendship.
The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion with millions of followers from all around the globe. Its Founder is called Bahá’u’lláh. His name means the ‘Glory of God’. He lived from 1817 to 1892.
Bahá’u’lláh taught that all the world’s major religions come from one source and share the same spiritual principles of love, fellowship and peace. The Bahá’í scriptures say there is only one God and that religion evolves through progressive stages to aid humanity’s social and spiritual growth.
The basic teachings of the Bahá’í Faith stress that humanity in all its diversity needs to become whole and united, and that the Earth is our common home. Bahá’ís promote and work to achieve equality between women and men, the removal of current extremes of poverty and wealth, and an end to prejudices of race and creed. We believe there are common spiritual truths underlying the various religions, and look for harmony between science and religion, as two different ways of investigating our world and our place in it. We stress the importance of education for all, including the right and responsibility of everyone to investigate truth, and what to believe, for themselves – free of any coercion or pressure.
We have no clergy. We do have elected administrative bodies. The local and national ones are elected annually. The world governing Bahá’í council is elected every five years.
Locally, there has been a Bahá’í community in the Calderdale area for many years. We are also part of the West Yorkshire cluster of Bahá’í communities. This covers the additional metropolitan boroughs of Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds.
Outside Calderdale and West Yorkshire, there are also Bahá’í communities in Burnley, Colne, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Nelson, Rochdale, Sheffield, York and many other places around the North of England and the rest of the UK.