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The Bahá'ís of Ottawa come from a variety of backgrounds, brought together by a common belief in the oneness of humanity and the unity of religion. We work alongside others to become a force of positive change, applying insights from the Bahá'í teachings to bring about a more just, peaceful and unified community.

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November 27, 2014

Joyce Frances Devlin: An artist’s Professional and Spiritual Journey

Joyce Frances DevlinOn Saturday evening, September 20,  2014, a crowd of about 40 friends from Ottawa and West Quebec gathered at the Baha'i Centre to hear the next installment in the Spiritual Autobiography Series. The featured speaker was the colourful, original and passionate artist Joyce Frances Devlin who lives and works out her studio-home in Burritt’s Rapids.

Devlin discovered in her early childhood that she had been gifted with an exceptional artistic ability. She studied at the Vancouver School of Art between 1950 and 1954 amongst leading figures in the modernist art scene, graduating with honours. She was the recipient of the Emily Carr scholarship and completed post-graduate studies in London, Florence and Rome. Today her works appear in many prestigious private collections, including the Firestone collection which writes that she has developed ”an interest in portraiture, landscape, and symbolic imagery. Devlin created what she called “interior landscapes”: spiritually metaphorical images of  birds and flowers as well as the juxtaposition of abstract collage with landscape imagery.” Her works are also found in many public and corporate collections and she has had selected commission works by the University of Ottawa, McMaster University, The Senate of Canada and the Federal Court Commission. 

The audience listened intently as Devlin recounted how she had been prepared for the acceptance of the Baha'i Faith from her early childhood onward, when she intuitively recognized, through her own understanding, dreams and visions, that all the prophets and all the great religions were one in their essence.  Her preparation for acceptance of the Baha'i Faith was partly due to the influence of her liberal-minded father, who could not tolerate the teachings of the church that all non-Christians would be sent to hell.

In the mid 1950’s, she had the honour of meeting the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Shoghi Effendi, during her pilgrimage to the Baha’i shrines in Haifa. Joyce was impressed by the beauty of Shoghi Effendi’s character--by his humility, his refinement and his great vision and insight. Those gathered were treated to a memorable evening as Joyce recounted, with her usual unabashed frankness, verve and engaging humour, the highlights of her rich professional and spiritual life in British Columbia, Quebec City, England and in the Ottawa Valley.

Heron Rookery 1 Red Maples High Summer

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September 28, 2014

Sellout Concert at CD Launch of Bruno AR’s “Celestial Mosaic”

Bruno ARA packed audience gathered at the Wakefield Cultural Centre on July 26 for a concert by Ottawa singer Bruno AR (Bruno Alain Randimbiarison). Launching his first recording of original musical compositions, Bruno was joined on stage by a diverse group of talented local artists, many of whom are also featured on the recording.

Bruno is an artist with a global vision. His melodies are inspired by the musical traditions of his native Madagascar but also reflect a wide range of musical influences, including folk artists such as George Moustaki and Cat Stevens. At the concert, Bruno performed a selection of the fifteen tracks from his CD, all of which set to music the prayers and sacred scriptures of the Baha'i Faith.

While the production of the recording has taken place over the last couple of years, in some ways, the project spans decades. Some of the compositions were written as far back as twenty-six years ago when Bruno still lived in Madagascar, during which time he began to create music and complex vocal harmonies around the words of Baha’u’llah.

After the show, Bruno said he found it “very inspiring” to be playing with “the musicians and everybody who contributed to the project.” To the delight of all present, he was joined onstage with a constantly shifting arrangement of musicians and singers. Bruno was also moved by the response of the crowd, “I felt that connection with everyone in this room and for me that was an amazing feeling,” he said. “I was really totally surprised at how songs that I composed in the past had such an effect on the people now.”  When asked how he explained the dynamic connection between the music and the audience, he humbly replied that it was “the words of Baha’u’llah” that were woven through his music.

Bruno AR’s CD “Celestial Mosaic” is available online or at
the Baha’i Centre, 211 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa (613) 742-08250

Allison Wood (vocals) Milook Aqiqi (vocals) Christian Plouffe (Bass guitar) and the Malagasy choir: Maggy Razafimbahiny​, Josiane Rakotomanga, Lydia Razafimbahiny and Andrianaivo Raoelimanohisoa
Lien Tremblay (vocals) and Dona Seleger-Fanfan (Djembe and Conga) Bruno AR with his musical collaborators Jasmine Michel (violin) and Kasia Czarski-Jachimowicz (Flute)

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September 10, 2014

Youth Conferences and Activities Raising Community Capacities in Ottawa
Youth Conferences and Activities Raising Community Capacities in OttawaThe Bahá’í community of Ottawa has seen an increased tempo of youth-focused activities and an increased engagement of young people since the summer of 2013, when 125 youth from the Ottawa area attended a Toronto Youth Conference that was part of a global series of youth conferences. This past March, Ottawa hosted a one-day youth summit that gathered approximately 100 youth to reflect on what participants had learned and achieved since the Toronto conference. Last month, in mid-August, a local youth conference brought together 140 youth for three days in Ottawa.

Emad Talisman was the logistics coordinator for this conference. He explained that these gatherings have gone hand in hand with increased youth participation in a series of regular ongoing activities in the community, including youth group activities, study circles and community service projects. These conferences and youth activities are open to everyone, not just Bahá'ís, and the focus on helping youth “examine their role in contributing to the betterment of society,” Emad explained, has attracted many different people. In fact, one third of the recent Ottawa conference participants were not members of the Bahá'í community.

Youth Conferences and Activities Raising Community Capacities in OttawaEmad speaks of the “privilege of witnessing the advancement of a community” as it rallied together to organize the most recent conference in a very short time. For those involved in organizing, running and facilitating the conference, he noted, a great deal of personal and community capacity was developed. “Large groups of friends,” he explained, “planned and executed art activities and fundraisers, studied guidance from the Universal House of Justice, and explored their role in contributing to the advancement of civilization.” He  also identified the useful skills participants exercised when they evaluated what they had experienced. They “reflected on what we learned” and were able to “generate, synthesize and diffuse knowledge among large groups of people.”

The arts played a prominent role in all the activities over the past two years. Artistic expression was one of the key ways that participants explored the themes of the conferences. Emad also emphasized the value of the bonds of friendship that were formed. “Singing, laughing, conversation, and food give life to study, reflection, and planning.” He  thought it was very important to always remember that the spirit of fellowship and friendship “gives us joy, and joy gives us wings.”

“One thing I have learned from serving the Cause,” he said, “is that change happens rapidly.” Before last year, he said, many people had certain “comfortable” ideas of how to do things, but through the dynamic pace of action and reflection over the past couple of years, “our collective understanding has advanced tremendously.”

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