Baha'i Association at Tufts

Social Action

Baha'u'llah wrote, "Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements." Therefore social action and contributing to the discourse around social action are a central component of Baha'i life.

Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program

Young people ages 12-14 are at an unparalleled point in their lives. They are not children, but not yet adults. They are forming their sense of self and identity. Too often, society portrays these young people as unruly, self-absorbed, and in thrall to their hormones, and treats them as such. The Baha'i community instead sees in them altruism, an acute sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world. In the past few years, a curriculum for the spiritual empowerment of junior youth has been developed in the Baha'i community and has spread beyond. It is now in use in many communities around the world, including schools and civic organizations, facilitated by "animators" who want to serve as true friends and wise advisers to these young people, and help them find their path of service to humanity. Opportunities abound to make a difference in someone's life. Contact us if you're interested!

Harmony of Science and Religion

Are religion and science incompatible? Many would, sadly, believe so. However in the Baha'i writings it is clearly stated that religion and science are both paths to understanding truth/ reality. Neither is sufficient alone. "When religion, shorn of its superstitions, traditions, and unintelligent dogmas, shows its conformity with science, then will there be a great unifying, cleansing force in the world which will sweep before it all wars, disagreements, discords and struggles--and then will mankind be united in the power of the Love of God."

Racial and Gender Equality

Although many claim to believe in the equality of women and men, or the need to eliminate racial prejudice, we still live in a society racked by injustice and inequality. As Baha'is, we strive to demonstrate these principles in deeds, not just in words.
"Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created."

"The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly. Until womankind reaches the same degree as man, until she enjoys the same arena of activity, extraordinary attainment for humanity will not be realized; humanity cannot wing its way to heights of real attainment."