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May 23, 2011

Ottawa-area Bahá'í youth receives
Tony Blair Faith Foundation Fellowship

Eric Farr, a 24-year old Bahá'í from Chelsea, has been selected from among 700 applicants for a fellowship with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Eric was one of 30 young people from around the world who were selected for the Faith Acts Fellowship, which includes a ten-month period of service dedicated to building understanding between different faith communities.

Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, said: “Too often we hear about the negative aspects of faith but the number of applications we received shows the enthusiasm which exists among young people to use their faith as a force for good. Faith can build understanding and provide unity and strength to counter those who see faith as a source of division and discrimination.”

In accepting the Fellowship, Eric spoke about his motivations to apply: “Religion, I believe, has a crucial, positive role to play in the spiritual, social and material progress of humanity. I applied to be a Faiths Act Fellow because I want to contribute as much as possible to the process of interfaith collaboration towards a peaceful and just global society, which strives for unity while embracing diversity. I am honoured and humbled by the opportunity.”

During his fellowship, Eric will spend a month in London, UK for a training program, after which he will spend a year working alongside another fellow at the International Development and Relief Foundation in Toronto.

Eric holds an Honours degree in Religious Studies from McGill University and is completing a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in New Testament from the same university. His current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is focused on the portrayal of children and childhood in the literature of early Christianity, especially the Gospel of Mark. From 2008-2009, he served as the director of Transformation for Peace, a community-building youth empowerment program based on the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith.

The Ottawa Citizen carried an article about Eric on May 20, 2011.
It can be accessed here.
Eric Farr Photo

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