Welcome to the official website of the Bahá’ís of Louisville.
The Bahá’í Faith is the newest of the world’s independent religions. Bahá’ís recognize Bahá’u'lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, as the Promised One of all ages who will bring peace, harmony, and prosperity to humankind.
Bahá'ís believe God is the ultimate Reality, and Creator of all things whose essence mankind cannot fully understand. We believe the purpose of life is to know and to love God. As we draw closer to God, our character becomes more refined and our actions reflect more and more the attributes and qualities of God.
God’s love is always flowing to mankind through the Eternal Covenant. Throughout history God has sent, and will continue to send, Messengers to teach and guide humanity towards a spiritual path. These Messengers, or Manifestations of God, come to earth at a time when humanity is in great turmoil. They reveal the Word and Will of God. Bahá’ís believe in all the past Manifestations of God such as Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Christ, and Muhammad and that Bahá'u'lláh is the most current Prophet for the age in which we live.
Unity is the central teaching of Bahá'u'lláh for humanity. He teaches us that we are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch. We are all striving to bring our hearts and actions in line with our belief in the oneness of humanity.
“The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds and through commendable and seemly conduct.” ― Bahá'u'llah
Bahá'u'lláh revealed the following social principles. Bahá’ís believe that the widespread application of these principles will lead to a new social order at an organic level.
The harmony of science and religion
Independent investigation of truth
Equality of men and women
Universal peace upheld by a world government
Prosperity of humankind
Universal compulsory education
Elimination of all forms of prejudice
Abolishment of the extremes of poverty and wealth
The Louisville Bahá'í Community emerged in the 1920s. There is no clergy in the Bahá'í Faith. An elected Assembly is the highest administrative body of the Faith in any local community. The Assembly in the city of Louisville first formed in 1943 and is known as the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Louisville. Local Spiritual Assembly elections are held each year in April.
There are approximately 200 Bahá'ís in Kentucky and Southern Indiana with nearly 100 residing in Louisville. The activities we offer are to fill a spiritual need in our community. Devotional gatherings, children’s classes, study circles for adults, and groups for pre-teens are all being carried out as a service to unite the world starting in our neighborhoods. Learn more about us by visiting our Community page.