• “Let your vision be world embracing…” — Bahá’u’lláh

    The Bahá'ís of Austin welcome you!

  • Upcoming Events

    Please join us for our upcoming in-person & online events!

    Click here for a quick list and details of all our Upcoming Public Events

    Sunday Morning Devotions & Fireside

    Sundays at

    10:30 AM

    Devotions from 10:30 - 11:00

    Fireside chat from 11:00 - 12:00. Fireside speakers will be announced via email. We look forward to seeing you!

    Daily Prayers with the Doss Family

    Every Day Except Sunday at 12:00 PM 

    Noon Prayers and Devotions via Zoom

    Everyone is welcome to come, even if only for two minutes just to say hello. There are no expectations.

    Daily Prayers With Baha'i House of Worship

    Daily at 12:30 PM

    Join the the Baha'i House of Worship daily for prayers.

  • What We Do

    Ways to participate and deepen in the Baha'i community

    Children's Classes

    Bahá’ís see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realised, children need to receive spiritual nourishment. In a world where the joy and innocence of childhood can be so easily overwhelmed by the aggressive pursuit of materialistic ends, the moral and spiritual education of children assumes vital importance. Click here to find out about children's classes in your area.

    Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program

    Baha’i communities all over the world love to create, sponsor and encourage grassroots, neighborhood- and school-based junior youth groups. Designed to help young adolescents between the ages of 11-15 develop into focused, happy and productive teenagers and young adults, junior youth groups teach the crucial moral, spiritual and ethical skills society often fails to transmit to this important age group. Click here to find out about Junior Youth activities in Austin.

    Study Circles

    To build a better world requires an ever-growing pool of people capable of contributing to the accomplishment of the myriad tasks at hand. Study Circles are designed to explore the Baha'i Writings in a way the develops knowledge, skills and insight that prepares us to serve our community. Click here to find study circles in your area.

  • First Sunday Food Project

    The First Sunday Food Project mission centers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color's dignity and autonomy while providing material relief for ourselves and our communities. We are co-creating a space for our communities, who are disproportionately impacted by inequities like food deserts and food insecurity, to get what we need and want, including culturally-specific foods. We are not philanthropists. We are community members building self-sustaining communities free from harmful institutions.

    Drivers

    Please fill out the sign-up on the Discord driver channel for those who want to drive. Thank you for your generous support!

    Donations

    For those who are interested in making donations of diapers and household items, tap the link below. Feel free to share with your networks.

    Support

    Please sign up on the official Community Support roster, at your earliest convenience to know how you can help support us each month!

    Questions

    Please don't hesitate to post your questions in Discord. We appreciate all you do to make these events possible!

  • “First Sunday” Food Project (for August, it’s not on the first Sunday and not even on a Sunday!)

     

    Date:    Saturday August 13th 

    When:  7:30 AM – 5:00 PM (various opportunities, see below)

    What:  Monthly food purchase and delivery project

    Where: Austin Baha’i Center

     

    This monthly social action project that started two years ago, is still going strong and we have many volunteers from outside the Baha’i community who come to the Baha’i Center every month to help with it, alongside Baha’i volunteers. The project actually starts the day before (when donations are received and some of the food is purchased). And of course, help is needed on the actual delivery day. 

     

    Here are the expected needs:

    Friday, August 12

    • HEB shopping @ 9 AM (2 people)

     

    Saturday, August 13

    • Setup @ 7:30 AM (4 people) – heavy lifting involved; Marge & Rich Delaney who have been regulars in this timeslot are not in Austin during the summer

    • Packing @ 10 AM (8 people)

    • Pick up @ 1:00–4:00 PM (6 people)

    • Delivery drivers @ 1:00–2:15 PM, 2:15–4:00 PM, 4:00–5:00 PM (12 people)

     (sign up for the 1–5 PM shift in Doodle, then you can specify which shift you'd like to take with Madai and Dorothy)

    • Clean up and delivery to HACA properties @ 4:00–5:00 PM (8 people)

     

    If you haven't already signed up on the official Community Support roster, please do so at your earliest convenience to know how you can support each month!

    Please don't hesitate to respond via email (resnfoodproject@gmail.com) or post your questions in Discord. Be sure to check out their new Instagram page as well!

    They are always grateful for the community that supports this work every month! We hope to see you in August!

  • Tools and resources for seekers & the Bahá’í curious.

     

    "To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood." -'Abdu'l-Baha

    Read

    The official website of the Bahá’í Faith is Bahai.org. There you can find information, quotes, links to the writings, as well as videos about the Faith and the founders, such as this one!

     

    Another wonderful official resource is bahai.us. There you can request to talk with a Baha'i, subscribe to the newsletter, or request more resources!

     

    Another site with great conversations and information for seekers is Baha'i Teachings. There, you can find articles, conversations, podcasts and videos exploring spirituality and the Bahá’í Faith.

     

    Baha'i Blog has wonderful resources, such as music, videos, podcasts, articles and their new initiative, Personal Reflections from Baha'is Around the World.

     

     

    Watch

    What is the Baha'i Faith? - An Introduction by Rainn Wilson

     

    The Virtues Basket - Videos for Children on the virtues.

     

    Exemplar - Video about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh and the perfect example of His teachings.

     

    Studio Sessions Music Videos - Bahá’ís and friends from around the world share the writings put to beautiful music!

     

    WHAT IS AYYAM-I-HA - A comedic video about the Baha'i holiday at the end of February.

     

    WHAT'S THAT WORD - a (funny) video series created to tackle tricky words from the Baha'i Writings and explain them in an accessible way.

     

    Light to the World - Video about Baha'u'llah

    Listen

    Ambassador to Humanity - This series recounts the life and work of Abdu’l-Baha, celebrating his legacy and enduring influence on humanity.

     

    Baha'i Blog with Rainn Wilson -interviews with members of the Baha’i Faith and other friends from all over the world.

     

    (Racism) America's Most Challenging Issue - This podcast interviews Baha’is throughout the United States who are actively building racial unity through building community.

     

    Studio Sessions Music - Baha'is and friends from around the world share the writings put to music!

     

    Listen to Radio Baha'i! Radio Bahá’í strives to reflect universal spiritual principles and the application of the teachings of the Baha’i Faith in its programing. Listen here.

    Resources for Children

    • The Virtues Basket - Videos for Children on virtues such as unity, service, respectfulness, generosity, self-discipline, assertiveness and more.
    • Red Grammer - songs and messages of love for younger children.
    • Baha’i Blog’s Jordan Raj introduces Baha'i holy days and words! Helpful for children and adults: Ridvan, What's That Word?, and Ayyam-i-Ha.

  • BECOME A BAHÁ’Í

    A person becomes a Bahá’í by recognizing Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this age and informing the Bahá’í community of their desire to join the Bahá’í Faith.

  • Tools and resources for building community &

    deepening in the Faith

    Scroll through the titles to find what you're looking for!

    Videos

     

     

     

    Resources for Bahá'i Children

    Baha'i News Sources

  • Host a Devotional

    1. Decide who you are going to read Sacred Writings with. It can be as simple as with the people in your home with the people you live with, or virtual to safely pray with anyone. (See below for some resources for virtual tools)

     

    2. Find some Sacred Writings. If you need some resources, here is a website for Baha'i prayers, here is another. Here is a folder of beautiful slide presentations of devotions from the writings of many different faiths. You could also read from a book you own, or order a book from the Baha'i bookstore.

     

    3. Read the Writings together!

     

    If you have a great devotional and want to share, please feel free to tell us about your experience, simply fill out this form. We would love to hear from you!

  • YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

    Explore any of our recent conversations and talks on YouTube here (and below).

    Follow us on Twitter here. Connect on Facebook here.

    The Cosmic Dance :The Unfolding of Consciousness in History, with Dr. Steven Phelps
     The Spiritual Foundation of Racial Justice, with Dr. Robert Henderson
    The Secrets of True Happiness, with Dr. Farnaz Masumian.
    Christianity and the Baha'i Faith with Dr. David Young
    What is Reality?
    with Rainn Wilson
    Finding Meaning and Opportunity in Our Global Suffering, with Sovaida Ma'ani Ewing:
  • Have you recently moved into Austin?

    Are you a Baha'i who has just arrived to Austin? The fastest way to get plugged in is to update your information on the website of the National Spiritual Assembly. If you are unable to update your information, then please reach out via the form below.

    We'll be happy to help!

  • Contact Us

    Interested in any of these activities? Want to get involved?

    Questions? Comments? Please feel free to contact us.

    2215 E.M. Franklin Ave.
    (512) 926-8880
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