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Baha'i Community

Individuals who follow the doctrines and practices of the sect founded in Iran that emphasizes the spiritual unity of mankind, affirms the equality of men and women, urges the abandonment of all forms of prejudice, supports the elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth, recognizes the unity and relativity of religious truth, asserts that true religion is in a harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge, emphasizes the responsibility of all persons to independently search for the truth, and advocates peace and universal education.

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Buddhist Community

Followers of the religion of eastern and central Asia that is based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha which stress that suffering is inherent in life and that one can achieve nirvana (release from suffering) through mental and moral self-purification.

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Christian Community

Any of a group of religious faiths that are based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament of the Bible.

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Indigenous/Native Spiritual Traditions

Individuals whose spiritual beliefs, moral code, ceremonies and traditions have been passed down through generations relying heavily on a central figure who serves as priest/priestess, healer, magician, diviner, the mediator between the living and the ancestors, and the repository of ancestral memories and knowledge. Central to many indigenous/native traditions is a belief that the Great Spirit created the Earth and its people. Others believe that humans came from a sky-world, that the Earth is the Mother of all life, and that plants and animals have spirits that must be respected, honoured and cared for. It is a holistic concept of not only human life but also the life of the world and all things in it, both animate and inanimate, wherein all things are related and interconnected. Native spiritual and cultural traditions include a wide variety of rituals, ceremonies and celebrations including thanksgiving rituals, pipe ceremonies, potlaches (organized meeting for special ceremonies such as name-giving, birth, rites of passage, treaties and weddings), healing circles, sweat lodge ceremonies (unique events or ceremonies that take place in specially constructed lodges whose purpose is purification, healing, and thanksgiving to the Great Spirit or Creator), and pow-wow’s (gatherings for the purpose of socializing and celebrating which may feature feasts and gift-giving).

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Muslim Community

Followers of Islam, the religious faith and cultural system that is based on the belief in Allah as the sole deity, in Muhammad as the prophet of Allah and in the Koran as the revelation of Allah to Muhammad and the divinely authorized basis for the religious, social, civil, commercial and legal regulations of the Islamic world.

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Unitarian Universalist Community

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Association which denies the doctrine of the Trinity and affirms the principles of individual freedom of belief, the free use of reason in religion, commitment to advancing truth, religious tolerance, universal brotherhood of man, a creedless church, a united world community and support of a vigourous program of liberal social action.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.