From the Moncton Transcript

Nine adults and six children have banded together to form a Riverview Baha'i Assembly, Aurang Atrchi; a spokesman for the religious group, announced this week.

He said the Moncton Baha's Community is the oldest in Atlantic Canada, dating from 1938 with its first assembly elected in 1941, but the Baha'i Faith remains relatively unknown in the Greater Moncton area.

The faith, which he described as having no clergy, but which governs itself through spiritual assemblies, was founded in 1844 in Persia (currently Iran) and is now established in 112,888 localities throughout the world. There are 350 spiritual assemblies, which are institutions of nine members elected by the believers in each locality, in Canada.

Atrchi said Iranian Baha'is who were persecuted under the Khomeini Regime but have been accepted in various countries of the world as refugees have done much to revitalize the faith.

Each April 21, the anniversary of the Declaration of Baha'u'llah, the Bahai'is throughout the world elect their spiritual assemblies.

The Riverview assembly is the sixth in New Brunswick.