The city of Portsmouth, NH has had an organized Bahá'í presence as far back as 1929.
At that time, the Bahá'í Faith was relatively obscure in this country; the first mention of the teachings of
Bahá'u'lláh in this country occurred at the Chicago Parliament of Religions in 1893. Today in 2015, the Portsmouth
Bahá'í community is a vibrant community with enrolled community members ranging in age from 18 months to 94 years old.
The first Local Spiritual Assembly (the local governing body in every community where there are at least nine enrolled Bahá'ís
) was formed in Portsmouth in 1929/1930. A photo was taken of the first Assembly's officers in 1930
(Photo courtesy of Green Acre Bahá'í School).
In the past, the Portsmouth Bahá'í community has sponsored noteworthy events in Portsmouth.
- For several years, the Portsmouth Bahá'í community awarded
scholarships based on essays written by
Portsmouth Public High School students on topics such as world peace and unity.
- The Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahá'í Faith, published a statement entitled
Promise of World Peace in 1985. This statement set out
the tenets of the Bahá'í Faith directly related to teachings on the eventual establishment of world peace as prophesied throughout religious history. As befitting the
magnitude of this statement, the Portsmouth Bahá'í community distributed this statement to the mayor's office
and other local officials.
- In 2007, the Portsmouth Herald promoted a new series of articles written by faith leaders in Portsmouth. You can peruse
the articles written by members of the Portsmouth Bahá'í community
and published in the Herald as part of that series.
- For several years the Portsmouth Bahá'í together with other local Bahá'í communities participated in longstanding devotional meetings
held at the Women's City Club in Portsmouth.
- The Portsmouth community is also a strong supporter of Green Acre Bahá'í School in Eliot and has co-sponsored
the Sarah Farmer Peace Award ceremony at Green Acre from 2005 to 2013.
Today, the community continues to welcome interest from those seeking to find a spiritual path and an opportunity to engage in service to advance the human race.