Welcome to the website of the Bahá'í community of Greater Little Rock, which includes Pulaski, Saline, Lonoke and Faulkner counties!
We are a faith community focused on building a just, peaceful and sustainable world through community and spiritual development. The central theme of the Bahá'í Faith is that humanity is one single race - the human race - and that the day has come for humanity's unification into one global society. Bahá'ís believe in
• the oneness of humanity
• the common origin and unity of purpose of all world religions
• the harmony of science and religion
• equality of women and men
• the elimination of all forms of prejudice
• a spiritual solution to economic problems
• the establishment of a world commonwealth of nations
Bahá'í activities for adults, youth and children are open to all. We welcome you to join us in a path of service and collective learning about the process of spiritual community building!
May 14th will mark the 6th year since seven former Bahá'í leaders known as the Yárán-i-Iran (Friends of Iran) were unjustly imprisoned. These 5 men and 2 women have been condemned to 20 years imprisonment, the longest period of incarceration of any prisoners of conscience in their country.
The Yárán were charged with espionage, propaganda against the Islamic republic, the establishment of an illegal administration, all of which were rejected completely and categorically by the defendants.
The crime they are really charged with is nothing more than this, being members of the Bahá'í Faith, a religion which has been the focus of a systematic, government-sponsored persecution in Iran since the 1979 revolution.
The steep rise in the number of Bahá'ís imprisoned from about 115 to 136 in the last quarter of 2013 speaks to the Iranian regime's refusal to uphold its campaign promises of its new president to safeguard the human rights of all Iranian citizens.
Through unwavering efforts, on December 20 last year, the Senate, by unanimous consent, passed Senate Resolution 75 (S.Res.75)—which had won the backing of 35 bipartisan sponsors. Similar efforts are underway to increase the number of cosponsors of House Resolution 109 (H.Res.109) from its current 91 cosponsors to approximately 150 before it is put to a vote later this year. These resolutions detail and condemn the “state-sponsored persecution” of Iran’s Bahá'ís. They also call for the release of all prisoners held solely on account of their religious beliefs and express the desire of the Congress that the President and Secretary of State demand their release as well as hold accountable—pursuant to existing legislation—the officials responsible for these glaring violations of human rights.
From the tireless perseverance and hard work of Bahá'ís in Arkansas, Congressional Representative, Tom Cotton, has co-sponsored House Resolution 109. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the cosponsors of House Resolution 109, as the number of cosponsors will be seen by the Iranian regime as proof the resolution has strong support