Saturday, January 24, 2009

Baha'i Faith Center

The Baha'i Faith Center

The Baha'i Faith Center at 5713 16th Street NW is a multi-national faith reflecting the diversity of the world at-large and communities in particular. The Baha'i faith is one of the youngest monotheistic religions in the world. Founded in the 1800s in Persia by Baha'u'llah, the Baha'i emphasize the spiritual unity of humanity and see religious history as a series of messengers or prophets sent by God/Allah/Yahweh at appropriate and needful times in human history.

Prior this location, the Baha'i Center of Washington was located down on Massachusetts Avenue in a building that is now owned and occupied by the Human Rights Campaign.

UPDATE at 8:30 p.m.: I just realized that I mixed up the Baha'i Faith Center with the B'nai Brith. It is the latter that use to be headquartered down on Mass Ave. The B'nai Brith is a Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy group. After selling their building to the Human Rights Campaign, they relocated to 2020 K Street NW. My apologies for any confusion.


NG said...

I met some Baha'i members while on my mission and am still fascinated with their concept of religious agglomeration. I think of those people every time I pass this building.

Cele said...

The Baha'i center in Florence is pretty active.

What a beautiful old building.

Virginia said...

We gave a Baha'i center close by and friends that practice that faith. INterestingly it is housed in a former residence as well.

D.C. Confidential said...

NG: In an irony of ironies, as a sociologist of religion, I've never met or conversed with a member of the Baha'i, but I think I'd like to. My sense is, their belief systems is a little more complex than Unitarian Universalism and that intrigues me.

Cele: It is a beautiful old house. And now I have to correct my blog entry, because it wasn't the Baha'i Center that was once located downtown. It was B'nai Brith--a Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy group. My bad.

Virginia: Interesting. I'm getting a sense now that they're rather localized and communal.

caz said...

If you would like to meet Baha'is in your area or find out more about Baha'i Faith you can use this link:
That is for the USA, internationally, try