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November 24, 2011

A Bahá’í choral ensemble recently performed in two area interfaith events, reaching about 240 people with their music.

The choral ensemble comprised several members of the Ottawa Bahá’í Choir. The choir started in 1992 and it now includes twenty-eight people. Since the beginning it has welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds – including previous directors.

The Capital Region Interfaith Council hosted its second annual interfaith prayer service at the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue on the afternoon of Sunday, October 23. Bahá’í prayers offered in English and French were among the devotions and scriptures of different faiths, presented on the theme of “love your neighbor”. The choral ensemble performed two musical pieces to an audience of about 200 people.

Later that evening the Bahá’í ensemble was invited to perform a multi-faith chant at a symposium of religious leaders discussing the challenge of climate change. Held at St. Andrews Church and sponsored by Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Council of Churches, the event focused on the moral and spiritual dimensions of climate change.

The entire body of participants was led by the Bahá’í ensemble in singing passages from a number of different faith traditions, including Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity and the Bahá’í Faith. A spirit of joy and harmony was felt as we all raised our voices in chorus.
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