Welcome to the official website for the
Bahá'is of the Greater Philadelphia Main Line
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."
Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, each of whom has founded a great religion. The Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
The latest of these Messengers is Bahá’u’lláh, who brings new spiritual and social teachings for our modern age. He taught that there is only one God, that all of the world’s religions are from God, and that now is the time for humanity to recognize its oneness and unite.
All over the world, Bahá’ís are striving to put into practice Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of a peaceful, prosperous and united global society.
LOCAL BAHÁ'I COMMUNITIES
Who we are
The history of the Bahai Faith in the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia dates back to early nineteen hundred with Dr. Leslie Pinckney Hill, the president of Cheyney University and one of the founders of the West Chester Community Center (now known as the Melton Arts & Education Center). Dr. Hill worked with Alain Locke, an influential figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, on the National Baha'i Race Amity Committee.
Now there are Bahá’ís in virtually every town along the Main Line and westward, and they undertake various community-building initiatives aimed at raising capacity among the residents of their neighborhoods to take charge of their own spiritual, social, and intellectual development.
What we do
Every individual is a member of the human family and makes a contribution to the life of society.
This concept of serving humanity is taught from childhood. Small-scale service projects are often initiated in children’s classes, where participants explore ways to contribute to their family, school and community.
Other activities that drive the process of community building include meetings that strengthen the devotional character of the community, classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children, groups that empower youth to serve their communities, and study circles aimed at applying Bahá’í teachings to individual and collective life.
Everyone is invited to fully participate in these activities, regardless of belief or background.
What we believe
Principles of the Baha’i Faith
To gain a fuller appreciation of Bahá’í beliefs you may wish to visit the Bahá’í Reference Library where you can read the Writings of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as well as volumes written by Shoghi Effendi and a selection of statements and communications of the Universal House of Justice.
PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL ACTION
(Click on any photo to learn how Bahá'is work to build community)
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Oprah explores the Bahá'i Faith
Breaking the Bahá'i Code
CBS segment "What They Believe"
Diversity | Inside the Colorful World of a Ballerina
The Bahá'i Worldview
If you would like to learn more, please send us a note.
The Greater Philadelphia Main Line Bahá'i Community © 2019