Big Ideas is a series of talks addressing some of humanity’s shared challenges and opportunities as we work to advance an emerging global civilization. This series brings together perspectives from the Baha'i writings with current research and experience as well as contemporary discourses on key issues of our time.
Friday, May 7, 2021, 7:30 pm
A Serendipitous Journey Through Canadian Bahá’í History with Will C. van den Hoonaard
Dr. Will van den Hoonard is the author, among many books, of Origins of the Baha'i Community of Canada 1898-1944. Says Will:
Doing research on Canadian Bahá’í history yielded many serendipitous treasures of research. My journey revealed surprising findings about the social characteristics of Bahá’í Community. It is no surprise that chaos attended that phase of Bahá’í history. A study of the visit of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Canada in1912 demonstrated the spiritually deep connection of the Montreal family of May Maxwell which paved the way for establishing the Bahá’í community on a secure footing. The early historical phase includes in-depth involvement of individual Bahá’ís with the Group of Seven painters, suffragettes, politicians, and Louis Riel. Joseph Frost (a cousin of the poet Robert Frost) also seems to have been familiar with Canada’s earliest Bahá’ís.
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