Profile of the Bahá'í Faith in Bristol
We are the Bristol community of the Bahá'í Faith which now ranks as the second most widespread world religion, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year 2004. Born in 1844 in Persia it is now embraced by over 5 million in 235 countries in the world. More>>
Abdul-Baha's Visit, 1911 and 1913
The Bahá'í Faith entered Britain in 1898, and the community was privileged by the footsteps of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, as part of his tour to promulgate the Bahá'í Faith in Europe. He visited five cities namely London, Bristol, Oxford, Liverpool and Edinburgh. In his visit of Bristol in 23-25 September 1911 he stayed at 17 Royal York Crescent Rd., Clifton Guest House, Clifton. More >>
Abdul-Baha's visit to Bristol in 1913 was well represented in the press. Clifton Chronicle dated 22 January 1913, for example wrote an article on a "Persian Reformer Message to Clifton", reporting of "a large number" of visitors of Abdul-Baha at the Guest House. The article stated the object of Baha'i movement as unity and the "most great peace" throughout the world. It then briefly covered the history of the Faith, mentioning Abdul-Baha, 69, as the centre of a Faith with 2,000,000 adherents. It described Abdul-Baha as "an aged man of venerable appearance, with flowing grey beard, massive brow, and large kindly eyes and striking figure". The article then moved to cite his speech on eleven principles of the Baha'i Faith such as the need for peace in this age, the basic fundamental of all religions to promote fellowship, eradication of all forms of prejudice, equality of sexes, and so on. As with most of his addresses, this speech was based on logical arguments rather than mere religious admonitions or forceful statements. Considering the developing political strains in Europe that within a year conflagrated to World War I, Abdul-Baha's speech must have been regarded timely and appropriate, his style relevant to the intellectual and critical audience of Victorian Britain.
To a representative he was reported to say: "I am most delighted and pleased with the situation of Clifton and surrounding valleys and hills. Therefore before returning to the Orient I have come here to spend one night. In reality the people of Clifton are very intelligent ... May they become the means of creating good fellowship between children of men..." (Clifton Chronicle, Vol III, No 3231, January 22, 1913).
First Bristol Spiritual Assembly
The first Local Spiritual Assembly, comprising the first collection of 9 Baha'is in the city, was elected in 1948. In response to their message to Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Faith, he responded with the following praising words in his own hand-writing:
Dear and Valued co-workers,
I was so pleased and grateful to receive your message, and I wish to assure you all of my loving and fervent prayers for the progress of your historic work, the extension of your activities and the realisation of every hope you cherish for the promotion of our beloved Faith. May the Almighty watch over you, sustain you in your valued endeavours, and aid you to render memorable services to His Faith and its institutions.
Your true and grateful brother
22 September 1948
Privacy Notice for Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Bristol
We are a faith based charity organization and as such use any data collected within the legitimate activities and services we provide to you.
This privacy notice sets out in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation GDPR how Bristol Baha'is uses and protects any information that you give Bristol Baha'is when you use this website.
Bristol Baha'is is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and any data collected is secured. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy notice.
Bristol Baha'is may change this notice from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 08/07/2019.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
We are a Data Processor of your information on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís in UK, which is the Data Controller determining the type and purpose of the data being collected and processed. If you would like to learn more, please visit https://bahaidata.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Privacy-Declaration.pdf.
The Bristol Baha'is’s lawful basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy notice depends on the Personal Information we collect and the specific context in which we collect the information:
∙ Where you have given Bristol Baha'is your consent you are able to withdraw it at any time, please see Article 6.1.a of the GDPR
∙ Processing your personal information is in the legitimate interest and activities of Bristol Baha'is as a faith organisation, please see Article 9.2.d of the GDPR
∙ The Bristol Baha'is needs to comply with the law, please see Article 6.1.c of the GDPR
What we collect
We may collect the following information:
∙ name and title
∙ contact information including email address and/or phone number
∙ demographic information such as postcode, communication preferences and interests ∙ other information relevant to the Bahá’í community
What we do with the information we collect
We require this information to provide you with a better service and in particular for the following purposes, on the understanding that if you are a member of the Bahá’í community your data will be used differently than if you are a non-member. For Non-members your contact details will be used to keep in regular contact with the local community. For members your contact details will be used for the legitimate activities of the Faith, which will include:
∙ To keep internal records
∙ To use the information to improve our online services
∙ To send periodically NEWS letters and emails about community activities, events, special gatherings and other information of Bristol Baha'is, which we think you may find interesting using the email address, which you have provided.
∙ To use from time to time your information to invite you to Bahá’í events by email or phone.
We do not use the data we collect for commercial purposes; we do not sell or pass the data on to third parties for any reason.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
The Bristol Baha'is will retain your personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice. We will retain and use your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legitimate interests and activities, legal obligations, and comply with our policies and the law.
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. These rights are listed below in compliance with the GDPR. We will respond to any request by you in fulfilling these rights, please contact us at GDPR@bahai.org.uk.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
∙ The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
∙ The right of rectification.
∙ The right to object.
∙ The right of restriction.
∙ The right to data portability.
∙ The right to withdraw consent.
Bristol Baha'is follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analysing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Like any other website, Bristol Baha'is uses 'cookies'. These cookies are used to store information including visitors' preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users' experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors' browser type and/or other information.
You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more about cookie management with specific web browsers, please check your browsers' respective notices.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other Bahá’í or Bahá’í associated websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information, which you provide whilst visiting such sites and this privacy statement does not govern such sites. You should look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Note that Bristol Baha'is has no access to, or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
Bristol Baha'is does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records, or accept your consent for us to retain this information to provide services to you and your children.
Controlling your personal information
As already stated we will not share, sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.
You may request details of personal information, which we hold about you under the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe that, any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.
If we have asked for your consent on this website you are free to remove it at any time, your consent will be for us to use your information for a specific purpose and not for any additional reasons. By using our website, we have to recognise you have read our Privacy notice and agreed to its terms.