National Spitiual Assembly
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís
of the United States is the administrative body for the Bahá'ís
of the U.S.
The Assembly has nine members. They are chosen by 171 delegates
representing all the adult Bahá'ís of the continental
U.S. There are approximately 1,700 local Spiritual Assemblies
in the 48 contiguous states. Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
have their own National Spiritual Assemblies.
The Assembly directs, coordinates and stimulates the activities
of individuals and local Spiritual Assemblies. It participates
with other National Spiritual Assemblies in the election
of the international governing body of the Faith, the Universal
House of Justice, which is held in Haifa, Israel, every five
The headquarters of the National Assembly is in the vicinity
of the U.S. Bahá'í House of Worship, Wilmette,
Illinois, where the Assembly maintains an administrative
a publishing trust, and publishes several periodicals including
a quarterly magazine, World Order, and a quarterly newsletter,
US Bahá'í Report.
The Assembly supports the proclamation of the Bahá'í Faith
throughout the world. Bahá'í communities have
been established in more than 215 countries, territories
and islands; Baha'is now live in over 112,000 localities
around the world. The Bahá'ís of the United
States were among the first to carry the Faith to many lands.
The Assembly has an official representative accredited with
the United Nations Department of Public Information and is
a member of the Bahá'í International Community
which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic
and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations International
Children's Fund (UNICEF). In addition, it has submitted comprehensive
position papers to the U.N. on such topics as human rights,
the environment, and the equality of men and women.
The Assembly directs the operations of three permanent schools
in California, Maine and Michigan and supervises Baha'i studies
at the Native American Bahá'í Institute in
Arizona and at 36 other locations across the nation. The
first Bahá'í school in the United States was
founded in 1900.
The Assembly also operates the Louis G. Gregory Bahá'í Institute
in South Carolina, which provides training for teachers and
administrators of the Faith, primarily from the southern
states. WLGI, an educationally licensed 50,000-watt Bahá'í radio
station, broadcasts from the same site.
The Assembly, in all of its deliberations, endeavors to reach
decisions through "loving and frank consultation." In
all of its efforts it strives to remain free from outside
pressure and influence. Clear directives for its actions
are contained in the sacred writings of the Baha'i Faith.
For more information on The National Spiritual Assembly of
the Bahá'ís of the United States visit: www.bahai.us