posted on Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Baha'i faith stresses teachings of unity, oneness of
By JOSH BOYD
For The Red & Black
Students interested in an alternative religious experience should check
out the University Baha'i Association.
The association, founded at the University in 1994, offers a forum for
the practitioners of the Baha'i faith.
Baha'i is a relatively new, independent world religion that originated
in Persia in 1844.
The religion began as a movement under the leadership of the "Bab," a
young man who prophesied a great teacher would come and unite the world
with his words, said Tahirih Schear, a senior from Augusta and president
of the University organization.
Baha'is believe this prophet was Baha'ullah, whose central teachings were
the oneness of mankind and "love thy neighbor."
Baha'is believe that there is one religion, and man and society have
created the differences which are now accounted for in the denominational
The campus chapter now has more than 15 members who meet every Wednesday
for discussions and readings.
"Sometimes we hold a fireside where we invite friends to discuss religion
and tell people about the faith," said Paul Harris, a freshman from
The intentions of the association are to expose its members and
supporters to the Baha'i faith and unite students coming from different
social and cultural backgrounds.
"We're trying to bring different people together that wouldn't normally
come together," said Jaya George, a senior from Augusta. "Unity is our
The Baha'i followers believe in world equality, peace and education and
are active in more than 200 countries.
"The Baha'i faith is the largest world religion behind Christianity,"
Schear said all are welcome to attend the organization's events.
An open mic was held in October in Memorial Hall where students
socialized, enjoyed refreshments and listened to musical performances.
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