The Baha'i Faith--the overriding message of the Baha'i Faith is that of unity. We believe in one God, the oneness of humanity, and the oneness of religion. From the distant past, all the world's major religions represent stages in the revealing of God's will to humanity, much as we progress in school from one grade to a higher grade, building on the past teachings. Now there is a new religion in the world. The world has changed to a point where new teachings are necessary to prevent political and economic disaster, and to re-invigorate those spiritual truths and virtues that are the basis of civilization. In this new era, not only are we to follow Jesus' revolutionary and sublime teachings to love and serve one another individual to individual, we have been called to an even higher level, to love and serve humanity as a whole. Some principles of the Baha'i Faith: Religion must be the cause of unity, religion must be in accord with science and reason, each person must investigate truth for himself or herself, the abolition of all forms of prejudice, the equality of men and women. There are many other principles and teachings, prayers and meditations. All the major religions were founded upon great Prophets (also called great Educators or Messengers) who served as intermediaries between God and humanity. The founder of the Baha'i Faith is Baha'u'llah (translated The Glory of God, pronounced bah ha oo lah, with accent on ha) who suffered for many, many years to bring this message to us. The Baha'i Faith began in 1844 in Persia, was rejected by the clergy, and like the early Christians, the followers were severely persecuted; it is estimated approximately 20,000 were killed for refusing to recant their faith. Baha'u'llah was exiled four times, the last one to the prison-city of Akka (today this area is in Israel) and He passed away in 1892. Today there are 6 million Baha'is and there are Baha'is in nearly every country in the world. There is no clergy in the Baha'i Faith and there is an entirely new type of administrative organization, based on spiritual principles and democratic procedures. The head of the Baha'i Faith is the Universal House of Justice, at the World Center on Mt. Carmel in Israel, near the resting place of its founder. To learn more see bahai.org, Wickipedia, call 1-800-22UNITE, blog me, or comment on form below.