Arlington Local Spiritual Assembly Celebrates 80 Years

On April 21, 2022, the Bahá’í Community in Arlington, Virginia celebrated 80 years since the formation of the first Local Spiritual Assembly of Arlington in 1942. It was the first Local Spiritual Assembly to be established in Virginia. The city of Alexandria was the next Virginia locale to form its Local Spiritual Assembly in 1943.

The Local Spiritual Assembly administers the affairs of the local Bahá’í community. The Assembly consists of nine members chosen in annual elections.

National Spiritual Assemblies guide, coordinate and stimulate the activities of Local Spiritual Assemblies and individual Bahá’ís with a given country.    

In 1942, there were approximately 90 Spiritual Assemblies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Today there are almost 1,000 Local Spiritual Assemblies just in the U.S.


Faith Leaders in Arlington, Virginia Offer Prayers for Ukraine

Faith leaders came together Sunday, March 6, 2022 to offer prayers and song for Ukraine
Arlington Interfaith Network service for Ukraine at St Mary’s Church. Jamaliyyih Perez (front row on right), chair of the Spiritual Assembly of Arlington County, offered a prayer as the Baha’i representative.

Devotional Meetings

Private prayer is a daily obligation for all baha’is, but many baha’is also gather in their homes and communities to engage in collective worship. Prayer causes a deeper connection between ourselves and God, allows us to contemplate and more deeply appreciate our lives. Baha’is believe that prayer is “conversation with God.”

Participants are also welcome to bring their own prayer books and offer prayers from other faith traditions. There are no prescribed rituals and each devotional meeting will look a little different. Readings are often selected from the Baha’i writings as well as from other scriptures. Many times the meetings are theme based, offering prayers of healing, prayers of joy and thanksgiving or prayers for peace.

We do not accept monetary contributions from non-members, but rather wish to open our homes and hearts to join with our neighbors in prayer. For more information please contact

“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb.
Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom.”
~ Baha’u’llah