Who We Are

Our Mission



He  Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire  of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”—  Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í  beliefs address such essential themes as the oneness of God and  religion, the oneness of humanity and freedom from prejudice, the  inherent nobility of the human being, the progressive revelation of  religious truth, the development of spiritual qualities, the integration  of worship and service, the fundamental equality of the sexes, the  harmony between religion and science, the centrality of justice to all  human endeavours, the importance of education, and the dynamics of the  relationships that are to bind together individuals, communities, and institutions.



The Bahá'í Faith has been part of the  Sumter community since 2002, with the first Local Spiritual  Assembly established on April 21, 2016.
Bahá'u'lláh  taught that a just and peaceful global society is now possible. Bahá'ís  strive to give expression to the oneness of humanity, a core principal  of their faith, by seeking to eliminate racial prejudice, advance the  equality of women and men, and build a vibrant spiritual community  reflecting the human family in all its diversity.

The  Bahá’í community has continued to passionately promote unity and serve  Sumter County in the years since.  Currently, Bahá’ís are focused on community  building efforts.  We have various events each month that are open to all to attend.

“Let your vision be world embracing…”


Founded  a little more than a century and a half ago, the Bahá’í Faith is today  among the fastest-growing of the world’s religions. With more than five  million followers, who reside in virtually every nation on earth, it is  the second-most widespread faith, surpassing every religion but  Christianity in its geographic reach.


Throughout  history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as  Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the  advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham,  Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh,  the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the  world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters  of one religion from God.

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Letter from President Carter


Light of the World


There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress  through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who  have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the  dawn of its maturity.  Two hundred years ago, such a prophetic  Figure appeared: Bahá’u’lláh. He brought teachings for this age that  represent an end to division and otherness, through which––at long  last––the oneness of humankind can be realized.  Discover more  through accounts of people from diverse nations whose lives have been  transformed by the light that Bahá’u’lláh brought to the world.  

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Baha'i Study Group


The Baha'i Study Group meets the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Truman Recreation Center.  Topic of discussion varies each month."  Everyone is invited to attend.

Have you ever heard about the Baha'i Faith? Maybe and want to learn? The Baha'i Writings have opened people's hearts in every country in the world and are inspiring every-day people from all walks of life to transform their homes, families & neighborhoods into part of a global community. Through the insightful spiritual writings of Baha'ullah, people  in every corner of the world are called to noble ideas and principles.    If you are  interested in one world, we hope you'll come and share your own unique  insight.
Learn more about the Baha'i Faith. www.bahai.org 

Open meetings: All are welcome


  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  Matthew 18:20   

These turbulent times can leave us feeling confused, hopeless, stressed. There is much suffering, but also great joy.   Join us for   a talk about the Baha'i Faith.  

Saturday, May 18th  at 7:30 PM.   At the home of Toni and Ron Renna, 2399 Clearwater Run, The Villages, FL 

phone: 352-617-3610   


Bring a friend; email me at rrenna@cscsi.net for directions or more information.​      

 “If a small number of people gather lovingly together, with absolute purity and sanctity, with their hearts free of the world, experiencing the emotions of the Kingdom and the powerful magnetic forces of the Divine, and being at one in their happy fellowship, that gathering will exert its influence over all the earth.”    “If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.” 

Baha’i Writings                                                                                                                                                           

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 BRASILIA, Brazil — In an extraordinary display of  solidarity, 10 members of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, representing  eight political parties, gathered for a special session of Congress to  speak, one after another, about the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah.  Held in honor of the bicentenary  of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the event—referred to as a Solemn  Session—brought together over 350 people from 20 of Brazil’s 27 states.  Included among them were representatives of two major indigenous groups,  who had come on behalf of their people to honor the historic  anniversary.  “To immerse oneself in Baha’u’llah’s teachings is  to be immersed in the purest of humanity’s contributions to the world,”  stated Congresswoman Erika Kokay in her remarks at yesterday morning’s  event.  “The Baha’i community is, in a very concrete sense,  intimately aware of the sufferings of humanity and at the same time of  the nobility and beauty of the human condition. It is this beauty that  gives us hope for the construction of a just and equal world,” she  continued.  


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