A World Community
Canadian Bahá’ís are part of a vibrant world community that is distinguished by its diversity and its unity.
While the Bahá’í Faith originated in 19th-century Persia, the worldwide Bahá’í community is today among the most diverse and widespread of any organized group of people on earth.
The community numbers more than five million members, resident in virtually every country and representing most of the planet's races, ethnicities, and cultures, including over 2,100 different indigenous origins.
Bahá’ís around the world study a common set of sacred writings, work to develop a similar pattern of community life, and look to a single international administrative system for continuing guidance. Thus, the Bahá’í world community is a unified body with no sects.
This sense of unity is expressed in an abiding commitment among Bahá’ís to contribute to the spiritual and material prosperity of their communities and nations, animated by a vision of the oneness of humanity.
Bahá’ís around the world administer their affairs through local and national democratically elected bodies known as Spiritual Assemblies.
The Bahá’í International Community represents the Bahá’ís at the international level, including at the United Nations.
Bahá'í representatives are engaged in numerous organizations of civil society, focusing particularly on human rights, freedom of religion, the equality of women and men, and social and sustainable development. They also lead efforts in defense of the rights of Bahá'ís in countries where they are being persecuted.