Welcome to the Baha'is of Sumter County's Website

Who We Are

Our Mission

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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.

History

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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…”

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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.



Bahá’u’lláh

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.



News and Events

Light of the World

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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

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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." All Villagers are 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

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  “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,August 10th  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                                                                                                                                                           

Events

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The Bahá’í Writings 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 endeavors, the importance of education, and the dynamics of the relationships that are to bind together individuals, communities, and institutions. 


Quotes from Bahá’u’lláh:

“This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” 


“Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in…”


 “All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.”


Bring your questions regarding this troubling time in human history, meet local Baha’i’s, and join a discussion concerning the re-spiritualization of the entire Earth. 

“Fireside” discussions are offered free to the public on Aug 17 & 31 and Sept 14 & 28 at the Villages Public Library at Pinellas Plaza: 7375 Powell Rd #100, Wildwood, FL 34785 from 1-3PM.

Also on the 2nd Saturday evening of each month at the home of Ron & Toni Renna from 7:30 – 9PM: 2399 Clearwater Run (The Village of Bridgeport at Miona Shores), The Villages,  FL

Info: www.bahai.org ; www.bahais.us

To find local Baha’i’s: www.bahaisofsumtercounty.com

For more information contact: Kathy Morton kathym717@gmail.com

Contact Baha'is of Sumter County, Florida

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