Bahá'í Faith in Wales

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The Bahá'í Faith in Wales started shortly after the Second World War when a great pioneer movement began with sixty percent of the British Bahá'í community eventually relocating.[1] This movement included taking the Bahá'í Faith to Wales.

The first Bahá'í resident in Wales was Rose Jones who married and moved to Cardiff from London in 1942.[2] In 1947 she was joined by Joan Giddings. In 1948 the first local spiritual assembly of Cardiff was formed. In 1961 Pontypridd formed the first Bahá'í Local Spiritual Assembly composed entirely of native Welsh. The first Bahá'í literature in the Welsh language was published in 1950. Today there are local assemblies in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea.[3] In 2017 it was reported that there were about 200 Welsh followers of the faith.[4]

The 2005 UK-wide conference of the National Convention of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom was held in Wales.[5]

The Wales Bahá'ís are organized under the Bahá'í Council of Wales under the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom. In 2007 there were registered communities in:[6] Abercarn, Caerphilly, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Chepstow, Conwy, Llanelli Rural, Llanelli Town, Maesteg, Mold, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Vale of Glamorgan.

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  1. ^ U.K. Bahá'í Heritage Site. "The Bahá'í Faith in the United Kingdom - A Brief History". Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  2. ^ Iain S. Palin. "Bahá'í in Wales". Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  3. ^ Websites of Bahá'í Communities in Wales Archived 2007-12-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 15 March 2009
  4. ^ Redmore, Kelsey (22 October 2017). "Welsh celebrations for the Baha'i faith". ITV News.
  5. ^ McDaid, Brendan (3 June 2005). "Baha'i delegate tells of future plans". Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  6. ^ Websites of Bahá'í Communities in Wales Bahá'í Council for Wales, (archived December 29, 2007.)

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