Bahai News - BAHA'I BELIEVERS INCREASE IN COUNTY
BAHA'I BELIEVERS INCREASE IN COUNTY
Thursday, November 15, 2001
compiled by Columbian staff
A faith group that has more than doubled its membership in Clark County
in the past five years will hold an open house for its newest group
Saturday in Washougal.
The Baha'i Faith, one of the faster-growing religions in the
world, has more than 200 members in Clark County, up from about 100 five
years ago, according to member Joe Schaub. Worldwide, the group has more
than 5 million followers.
Those who join, Schaub said, are attracted by the multiethnic
foundation of the religion, which advocates gender and ethnic equality
and deeper cultural understanding.
"We're interested in racial harmony, and we're one of the most
diverse religious groups in the world," Schaub said. "Our theme is
unity, unity in diversity."
The Baha'i Faith was founded in 1844 in Iran by Baha'u'llah, a
nobleman from Teheran.
According to Baha'i Faith, each of the great religions brought
by the messengers of God Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Mohammed and
Zoroaster represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of
civilization. Baha'u'llah, whose name means Glory of God, is thought to
be the most recent messenger.
In Clark County, Baha'i groups hold potlucks and worship
sessions in members' homes.
There is no formal church building, nor does the faith have
designated clergy members.
Clark County's Baha'i members includes 145 adults, 50 children
and 23 young adults, according to Schaub.
WHAT: Clark County's newest spiritual assembly of the Baha'i
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Municipal Court community room, 89 C St., Washougal
INFORMATION: 360-335-1079 for the Washougal group;
360-254-3086 for other Clark County Baha'i groups; www.us.bahai.org for
background about the religion
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