THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF COLERAINE
WHO WE ARE
Baháulláh emphasizes the fundamental obligation of human beings to acquire knowledge with their "own eyes and not through the eyes of others".
We are members of the Bahá'í Faith, a world-wide religious community that brings together people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. We have a vision of a better world, one where the oneness of humanity is taken as the basis for our relationships, be they social, political or economic.
In Coleraine as elsewhere the Bahá'ís are working towards the realisation of that vision. The Bahá'í Faith has had a presence in Ireland since before the First World War. The first Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Coleraine, came into existence over a quarter of a century ago and at the University of Ulster there has been a Baháís Society tackling issues such as racism, prejudice, the gap between rich and poor and equality of men and women for just as long. The Baháís community has benefited from the influx of new students over the years attending the university and their youth and energy have been a key note of the Coleraine community.
So the Bahá'ís here see themselves as a part both of their town and area but also of something far greater, and this is the basis of their work and relationships. Members of the Bahá'í community in the district have come not just from Northern Ireland but also from Italy, USA, Iran, Canada and Germany. Their wide range of backgrounds is in keeping with the "unity in diversity" which is a feature of the Bahá'í Faith.