Baha'i Faith of Topeka

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 26 October 2018.

Phone: 785-271-5857
History Mrs. Barbara Ehrsam helped introduce Baha'i faith and practice to Kansas in 1897. The Topeka Baha'i Community came into being on April 21, 1935, the first day of Ridvan, a Baha’i holy day. Today there are Kansas Baha'i communities in Arkansas City, Bel Aire, Derby, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hays, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Lawrence, Lenora, Manhattan, Newton, Olathe, Overland Park, Pittsburg, Prairie Village, and Wichita. Activities and Schedule The Topeka Baha'i Community shares its place of worship with the Topeka Friends, a Quaker group. The members also hold meetings in their own homes. Meetings vary from lectures on the great prophets of religion to regular monthly worship. During the four-week-long lecture series on the prophets, the Topeka Baha’is invite members of different faiths to come and teach about prophets from each faith tradition to promote a better understanding of other religions. The Community also sponsors a Baha'i youth workshop, which addresses current social issues through performance and visual arts. The Topeka Baha’is strive to create harmony between religions, races, and sexes. The group meets on the third Saturday of each month for worship. The members participate regularly in interfaith events.