The Bahá'í Faith has been part of the Oakland community for over a century.
Bahá'u'lláh taught us that a just and peaceful global society is possible, and Bahá'ís in Oakland and all over the world are working to eliminate racial prejudice, advance the equality of women and men, and build a vibrant spiritual community that reflects the diversity of our human family.
Bahá'í community life
The Oakland Bahá’í community is learning how to put our beliefs of community building and service to all humanity into action. You are invited to join us in walking a path of service– through prayers, study, and working with children and youth.
Regular devotional meetings are essential to the spiritual life of a community. They serve to both reinforce the spiritual growth of the individual and foster the dynamics of love and unity within the community. Bahá’í devotional programs are simple and free from rituals. People often gather at the Oakland Bahá’í Center or in someone’s home. Devotional meetings are open to all, and you are warmly welcomed to join us.
Study circles are a series of courses designed to help individuals create a conscious basis of a life of service to humanity, and to find practical applications of spiritual principles. They are usually conducted in small groups with one individual serving as a tutor to facilitate the learning process. Study circles are open to everyone and are held throughout the city of Oakland.
The Oakland Bahá’í community offers children’s classes at the Bahá’í Center and in neighborhoods throughout the city, so that the classes may be available to as many children as possible. The purpose of the classes is to assist children to acquire spiritual qualities and an upright character. Lessons include various modes of learning, memorization of quotations, story telling, games, songs and art.
Junior Youth groups
Bahá’í-sponsored junior youth classes, free and open to everyone regardless of their beliefs, help teach spiritual, moral and ethical decision-making skills. Usually facilitated by an older adolescent or young adult, junior youth classes empower the development of inner transformation based on an altruistic sense of higher purpose. The philosophy behind the classes assumes that youth at this age have great potential, and can make a valuable contribution to the betterment of the world.
Please fill out the form below to find out more about the Bahá'í Faith, or to join us in prayer, study groups and other activities.