By Cynthia Germain
The Baha’is of Door & Kewaunee Counties recently celebrated an important anniversary in their faith. This young, independent religion was founded by Baha’u’llah, a title meaning the glory of God, and it was the 200th anniversary of his birth recognized in October. The Baha’i faith was established in 1863 in Persia, now Iran, and is considered the second most widespread religion in the world, estimating up to 7 million adherents. Renny Lea, a local practitioner in the faith, says that its structure was set down by the Baha’u’llah, with local, regional, and national levels of Spiritual Assemblies which run the affairs of the religion, and individuals working at various levels which perform the function of propagating the teachings and protecting the community. The most important role of all adherents to the faith, according to Lea, is education.
Those in the Baha’i meet throughout the month, and Lea says that the local practitioners meet in various homes primarily in Gibraltar with devotions twice a month, a potluck and games night, and a “feast” every 19 days.
The teachings of the Baha’i faith has a central goal of unity of the human race to ensure the prosperity of all nations, races, creeds, and classes. More information about this religion and its local assembly can be found online at Door County Baha’is.