The Edmonton Baha’i Community consists of approximately 400 adults, youth and children residing in Edmonton who are followers of Baha’u’llah and are called Baha’is. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah is the Promised One of all peoples, bringing humanity towards the realization of its full potential as a human race, and ushering in the era of peace foretold by all the Prophets of the past.
Because the implications of Bahá’u’lláh’s message are both social and spiritual, His teachings redefine the very concept of religion. He is not the Founder of a religion as religion is conventionally understood, but rather the Messenger of civilization and collective transformation–the “Originator of a new universal cycle” in human history. His vision of the oneness of humankind involves not just the deepening of human solidarity, the safeguarding of human rights, or the establishment of an enduring peace, but rather “an organic change in the structure of present-day society, a change such as the world has not yet experienced.” His prescriptions for the moral reformation of human nature are unique in their approach and universal in their applicability.
The Baha’i Faith has both social and spiritual principles that have resulted in a systematic program of growth intended to build communities based on moral and spiritual principles and collective action. This system is based on several core activities; the spiritual and moral education of children, junior youth empowerment to channel and focus the energy of youth, devotional meetings where prayers and sacred writings are shared among people of diverse backgrounds and study circles where the patterns of healthy community development are learned, practiced and applied.