Thursday, January 03, 2008

On Community: These virtues, this love, this humility, their overflowing welcoming

leila loves this article, "so lovely, warm, and explanatory". -gw

Bradford Baker had a lot of questions as he studied the faith. The 25-year-old Grandview man was an atheist before he became a Bahá'í in September.

"Originally, what attracted me was the community," he said. "The people reflected these virtues, this love, this humility, in a way I'd never seen. Their overflowing welcoming was almost visceral."

The more he investigated the faith, the more he identified with Bahá'u'lláh's teachings.

"What it essentially comes down to is the suffering of one is the suffering of all," he said. "The goal is the kingdom of heaven on earth. To me, it means the purpose of life is developing virtues and serving humanity. Everything else is secondary."

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