Temple and Community

Community Building
“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom….”

Bahá’u’lláh
The Bahá’í Houses of Worship reflect a vision of society where effort made in unison can bear fruit, both materially and spiritually.

In order for this vision to materialize and maintain itself, it is necessary to nurture a gradual process of individual and collective transformation in which every person develops spiritual and intellectual capacities, where as a society we learn to incorporate new patterns of collective life in which collaboration and service to others are paramount.

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In the closing decades of the twentieth century, diverse initiatives were begun, seeking to express Bahá’í teachings in action that would contribute to the advancement of society. The Ruhi Institute in Colombia, created in the early 1970s to develop an educational program based upon the principle of community service, is a highlight among these efforts. The results of this initiative prompted other countries in the region to implement it, and it has evolved into a series of materials currently used in almost every country in the world.

In Chile, several programs and activities have been developed, in parallel to the construction of the House of Worship, to bring about vibrant community action, including a Spiritual Education Program for Children, the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, and a Training Program for Service. These programs are offered in many communities throughout the country and are carried out in diverse spaces, including schools, community centers and homes.

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