The community that shares this vision is a world community, and it is a local community. The followers of Bahá’u’lláh are called Bahá’ís, and there are millions of them: rich and poor; black, white, brown, and yellow; from Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, agnostic, athesist, and many other religious backgrounds; educated and illiterate; young and old; living in apartment flats, grass huts, country estates, suburban sprawl, and teeming slums. They can be found in every country of the world.
Bahá’ís everywhere are engaged in a process of personal transformation. The teachings of Bahá’u’lláh set a high standard for spiritual growth and behavior. He said, “It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action.”1
Many Bahá’ís are on the move. Inspired by the vision of a better world, they often travel from place to place to share the message, and frequently settle to live in a new place to demonstrate the truths of their vision of a better world.
The Bahá’ís in Halton Hills are a small sample of this diversity and movement. The vision was first brought to Georgetown in the 1940s, and to Esquesing Township in the 1970s by believers from Oakville. They were able to find receptive souls, eager to share the vision. Over the years other Bahá’ís have moved into the community, while during that time members of the Halton Hills Bahá’í community themselves have moved on to help form and support other communities across Canada and the world. In the past few years Bahá’ís from our community have moved to destinations as near as Hamilton and Newmarket, and as far as Grenada and Korea.
1. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh p. 166