Bahá'í Ottawa Community News

Spirit and Secularity: Why Can’t We Be Friends?
Tue, 9 Jan 2024 15:25:26
Harold Rosen sees the world differently. Long a Unitarian minister, now an interfaith educator and Bahá’í for over 20 years, Mr. Rosen gave a well-organized tour of an immense subject in an online talk in the “Big Ideas” series. He sought to untangle and resolve a false trichotomy: the prevailing belief that .....more...

Second Annual Environmental Fair held at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre
Sat, 25 Nov 2023 18:03:20
On September 30, the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre hosted the Second Annual Environment Fair organized by the Ottawa Cluster Environmental Group, a social action initiative of Bahá’ís and their friends from across the city of Ottawa. “We were very happy to welcome new participants and exhibitors this year,” said Sherri Kelly, one of the event’s organizers.....more...

George Ronald Publisher celebrate 80th Anniversary
Fri, 3 Nov 2023 15:22:13
This past spring, two members of the Ottawa Bahá'í community, Linda O'Neil and Heather Harvey, were thrilled to be part of the celebrations for the 80th Anniversary of the much beloved and prolific Bahá'í publishing company, George Ronald. Invitations had been sent out around the world to authors, book distributors, editors, illustrators, and others who had contributed to George Ronald over the years, and about 80 gathered for two days of events in a small village just outside of Oxford, England....more...

ROBSI Summer School Finds New Home
Thu, 5 Oct 2023 17:29:42
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘summer camp’? In the Ottawa area, children from Bahá'í families and their friends think of ROBSI (Rideau Ottawa Bahá’í Schools Initiative), a weeklong sleepover camp experience which has been in operation since 1986....more...

A Light on the Mountain
Sun, 9 Oct 2022 20:57:09
When Rwanda lost 10% of its population, with some 800,000 souls lost in a period of three harrowing months resulting from the 1994 genocide, Chris Anderson, his family and local Bahá’ís wanted to step up and provide some sort of social services at Gatenga, a community on a mountain...more...

The Climate Crisis: Hope and Context
Wed, 5 Oct 2022 17:17:59
With the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre once again open for in-person events, “Big Ideas” went live for an evening entitled “Climate Change, Net Zero and the Great Transition: Finding Hope and Taking Action”. Speaker Diana Cartwright, a clean-tech trade commissioner...more...

Racial Justice as Part of Climate Action
Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:54:10
Most Canadians would agree that all people should have equal access to healthy and sustainable living conditions. However, Indigenous persons and people of colour are much more likely to live in neighbourhoods and communities with polluted air and contaminated water or soil. ..more...

And to think it all happened on Frances Street!
Tue, 2 Aug 2022 11:47:19
Do you remember the derecho? Just a few hundred metres from the St. Laurent transit hub is a bungalow that, like most of the homes in the eastern part of Overbrook, was cut off from power for seven days. It had already become something of a neighbourhood hotspot, hosting planning meetings for community development and marshalling junior youth and children’s classes – including the two ...more...

Mind, Body and Spirit: The Journey of the Soul
Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:13:46
Prior to drinking the hemlock as punishment for impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens, when the philosopher Socrates stood before the judges, in his defense he stated that death was either total annihilation and a release from worry or a promotion to a higher plain of existence. He said ...more...

Lighting Up the Territories: Bahá’ís in Canada’s North
Sat, 21 May 2022 11:52:07
The “Heroic Age” of the Bahá’í Faith – spanning the missions of its central Figures, including ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, the founder Bahá’u’lláh’s son and interpreter – lasted from 1844-1921, the year of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing. Last year, Bahá’ís marked the centenary of the “Formative Age” of the community as it established institutions worldwide and emerged from obscurity. ..more...

Grow or buy local – serve your neighbourhood and the planet
Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:55:28
In a recent talk, Bahá'í ecologist Arthur Dahl listed resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, climate change and mass population displacement as interrelated crises that must be addressed both at an individual level as well as through global governance. One of his starkest warnings was the statement from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization that if we continue our current methods of agricultural production, we have only 60 harvests before the system collapses...more...

The Ottawa Bahá’í Community’s Involvement in the Capital Region Interfaith Council
Fri, 8 Apr 2022 16:39:15
The Capital Region Interfaith Council (CRIC) has existed in Ottawa for 25 years as a non-profit organization to promote interfaith understanding and harmony. Its mission is to enhance the awareness of the existence in Ottawa of its many faith traditions and to encourage the development of a living and dynamic expression of Ottawa’s pluralistic spiritual community...more...

A Treasure Trove from the Ottawa Bahá’í Community Archives
Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:50:47
As a special gift to the Ottawa Bahá’í community, Heather Harvey, one of the organizers of the “Big Ideas” presentations – which have covered everything from international justice to the search for truth in a polarized world to building a sustainable planet – captivated her online audience with stories and documents related to the development of the Ottawa Bahá’í community from 1940 to 1960...more...

Virtual Prayers for Motherbirds: A moment to Collaborate and Honour Our Mothers
Fri, 25 Feb 2022 16:30:36
For so many of us, adjusting to a drastically reduced social footprint in the last couple of years has been difficult. Learning to regain continuity in community life, how to pray together, how to study and learn together and how to serve together has taken some time. But through that, there have been many examples of activities that would have not come to be if it were not for the creativity of the friends to respond to the needs of our time and those people around us. In some cases..more...

Growing the Business of Hope
Wed, 9 Feb 2022 20:37:34
Decades ago, the European Bahá’í Business Forum (EBBF) began promoting the idea that enterprises could “do well by doing good”, applying the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh to running a business. In 2017, the Universal House of Justice, the democratically elected body conceived by Bahá’u’lláh to guide His followers, wrote a letter to the Bahá’í world that centred on economics. It argued that..more...

The River Flows to the Sea: Creating Enduring Peace
Sat, 29 Jan 2022 21:20:30
December’s “Big Ideas” presentation by lawyer and doctoral student Michael Sabet, was among the most outstanding of this series of talks linking the Bahá’í Revelation to the urgent topics of today. Titled “Justice, Unity, and the Path to World Order”, Sabet’s online lecture was delivered to nearly sixty devices. Dense and illuminating, it reflected also on the history and future of the United Nations, the Bahá’í International Community (BIC), and on the approach of both to the critical issue of human rights...more...

Becoming One People: Local and Global Stories
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:56:44
Shoghi Effendi was the Guardian of the Bahá'í community and its appointed leader from 1921 until his death in 1957. The above quotation, in an age of climate change and global pandemics, sounds with even greater urgency than in the between-wars world. He invoked the central principle of the Bahá'í Faith’s Founder, Bahá’u’lláh, and which recently highlighted a “Big Ideas” presentation by Cynthia Farrell to over 60 online auditors...more...

New Incentives Make It Easier to be a Good Environmental Steward
Mon, 3 Jan 2022 15:56:52
Would you like to live in a more comfortable and climate-friendly home? The good news is that funding to help make it possible is here! In this article, we look at...more...

What Roses Know: Troubles and Growth
Sun, 12 Dec 2021 14:10:56
In Why Me? A Spiritual Guide to Growing Through Tests, American Bahá'í author Justice St. Rain uses a fable to illustrate four responses to the hardships of life. After a summer nourishing their growth, a gardener aggressively prunes four rose bushes. St. Rain imagines, for each plant, typical human responses to such an unforeseen “tragedy”. ...more...

It is finished, it is finished
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 20:20:14
‘Abdu’l-Bahá was feeling the full weight of both His age and His endless responsibilities like an anchor tethered to the deepest ocean. He joked about the ‘hoar hairs’ on His head. His legs had to be massaged regularly to keep His circulation flowing. He suffered from lifelong asthma and from the long-term after-effects of the frost that had blighted His limbs in His youth during His family’s long exile from one country to another....more...

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada: An Elder’s Story
Wed, 10 Nov 2021 14:42:49
In Louise Profeit-LeBlanc’s re-telling of an old tale, it’s a grim narrative that ends in hope. An unprepared village was lost, but the wise, wily elder survives and shares her story with others to prevent further tragedy. Ms. Profeit-LeBlanc, “Tsé Itzoh” (Beaver Woman), a member of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation (Mayo, Yukon), used the Snowy Owl story to end her presentation to a virtual audience of over 130 in a timely episode of the Ottawa Baháʼí community’s “Big Ideas” series.....more...

The Staff of Life in Darkest Night
Tue, 2 Nov 2021 14:40:21
The Master was finally coming home. The whole of the Bahá’í community in the region was in a whirlwind of activity as they excitedly prepared for His return, though reports were that He was frail and exhausted from His long voyage. The members of the household, overseen by His sister, Bahíyyih Khanum, were preparing His favourite dishes with gusto, and....more...

Climate Future in Ottawa
Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:22:58
If it seemed like a hot summer this year, consider the prediction that in Ottawa the number of days over 30C will more than double from 11 in 2010 to 25 to 28 days in the 2030s. Or that winters will be four weeks shorter by the 2030s. More very hot days in Ottawa will mean more mosquitoes and more ticks and as a consequence, more West Nile disease and more Lyme disease cases. Hotter days also trap more ...more...

The Gathering Storm
Wed, 20 Oct 2021 20:43:17
Upon arriving in Montreal on 30 August 1912 and finding all doors open contrary to what He had been told, the Master spent the following nine days in a whirlwind of activity, ever dogged by fascinated journalists and interested parties from many religions and associations as well as many well-known and lesser-known people eager to meet the venerable and wise ‘Abdu’l-Bahá...more...

All Doors Open: The Servant of Bahá Comes to Montreal
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:39:09
In 1890, English scholar Edward Granville Browne became the only Western person to interview Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. In the opening quotation, though, he speaks of Abbas Effendi, Bahá’u’lláh’s Son, who was called the Master, but He insisted that He was above all ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the “Servant of Bahá.” Liberated in 1908 from the exile He...more...

The year 2019 marks the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb
Wed, 3 Apr 2019 17:41:13
When a new messenger of God appears on earth, it is like a stone thrown into a still pond. Its impact is immediate and the rings are small, but they grow and widen until the whole pond is energized. In the spring of 1819, it was the Báb who was the stone cast into the pond of an unsuspecting, heedless world. Two hundred years later...more...

Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group in its 25th Year
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:52:13
It’s hard to believe that the WG, as it’s affectionately known, is now in its 25th year. The brainchild of Larry Rowdon, Bruce Filson, and Linda O’Neil, soon followed by David Erickson, Jim Desson and Jack McLean, the WG first started in the summer of 1993 at a rented storefront and was then held at the Crichton St. Bahá’í Centre for a few years before moving on to holding its meetings in private homes....more...

Mercy's Blessing screened at the Mayfair
Wed, 6 Mar 2019 17:17:14
On an autumn Sunday afternoon in November, the Bahá’í communities of Old Ottawa South and the Glebe hosted a special screening of the award-winning film Mercy's Blessing at the Ottawa Mayfair theatre. As a special treat, the film writer and director May Taherzadeh was present and held a question-and-answer session after the screening...more...

Dramatic play reading that explored an episode of Bahá’í history draws large crowd
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:22:35
It was standing room only at the dramatic reading of the play, “Tabreez”, written by Marlene Macke, on Nov. 24 at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre. The full-length play told the story of two families, one Persian, one British, living in Tabriz, Iran, and how their lives intersected around the execution of the Báb on July 9, 1844. The play offered a fascinating combination of historical and fictionalized characters who helped tell the story of this dramatic episode in Bahá’í history...more...

Children First
Sat, 5 Jan 2019 20:17:24
What if children’s education emphasized learning to think, reflect and apply spiritual laws that benefit both their life and their society? It sounds otherworldly, yet the young are our most precious treasure since the promise and guarantee of the future lie with them...more...

Power and Peace Workshop
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:13:34
In October 2018, a personal growth workshop took place in Ottawa led by Hugh Smiley, a very interesting Bahá'í from Toronto whom I have known for more than a decade. Hugh is a thoughtful, funny, well-read and highly experienced practitioner working in the area where spirituality, psychology and physical health meet. A Bahá'í who lived for five years in Paraguay, he now works as a psychotherapist and bodyworker; he also teaches meditation and creative voicework. His passions include...more...

The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá'í Faith Opens to a Packed House
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:12:07
On June 25, 2018, the Mayfair Theatre had sold out signs splayed across all its doors for the Ottawa premiere of Steve Sarowitz’ documentary film, The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith. The theatre was filled to capacity with over 330 viewers, which included members of the Bahá’í community and the curious.

Chicagoans Steve Sarowitz, founder of Paylocity, and Bob Hercules, a highly respected director, took three years to produce The Gate, resulting in a beautifully shot hour-long documentary that reverently and lovingly recounts the life of the Báb, the young prophet-founder of the Bábí Faith whose ministry only lasted from...more...

Ottawa Bahá'í Regional Choir Spring Concert Capped a Successful Year
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:08:16
On June 2, 2018 the Ottawa Baha’i Regional Choir performed their last seasonal concert with their out-going director Christopher Barham, and what a performance it was! The 11-voice four-part choir performed all their pieces a capella – that is, without accompaniment.

The program was varied and included songs that drew on the writings of the Bahá’í Faith, as well as other inspirational texts. Songs that were performed included O Thou Compassion Lord, Rejoice with Exceeding Joy, Down to the River to Pray, Holy, Holy, Holy and Les Temps de Vie. The audience...more...

River Walk Devotional
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:03:28
The idea of a river walk devotional was first planted by my neighbour. I asked her if she needed help pushing her baby stroller as she was heading out for her daily walk along the river. What followed next was an uplifting discussion and the realization that there might be a whole community of people in our neighbourhood who yearned for spiritual reflection, and could benefit from physical exercise while being immersed in the power and beauty of nature. Since my neighbour had shown me a path that looped over from Sandy Hill into Vanier, it seemed a very natural next step to...more...

Baby Devotional is Taking Off in Ottawa
Tue, 3 Jul 2018 20:03:37
Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh and His appointed successor, said that there is nothing sweeter in the world of existence than prayer.” How much sweeter can it get, then, when reciting prayers with precious little babies?

Over a year ago, two moms started a Facebook group with the intent of getting together with other new moms to say prayers and socialize. This group was called the Ottawa Baby Devotional... more...

Stittsville/Kanata Junior Youth Group Marks First Anniversary
Tue, 3 Jul 2018 19:59:18
April 2018 marked the one year anniversary of the formation of a new Baha’i junior youth group in the stittsville-kanata area. For the past year, this group consisting of 6 junior youth (11-14 year olds) and three animators (facilitators) have met every Sunday to study the Junior Youth Empowerment Program (JYEP) materials  by Ruhi Institute,   discuss spiritual topics,  plan service projects, and play and socialize with their peers. Over the past year, these youth have grown not only in height but in maturity as well.  more...

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:35:07
On the evening of May 23rd, Bahá’ís around the world celebrated the Declaration of the Báb, the prophet-founder who ushered in a new era for humanity. Bahá’ís observe this holy day by gathering at homes and venues to commemorate this momentous event....

Public Screening of Light to the World
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:33:20
A public screening of Light to the World, a 51-minute documentary film on the life and teachings of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh – which was produced to commemorate the bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth in 2017....

Fri, 18 May 2018 19:42:35
The Ridván period (April 21 to May 2 2018) saw many Baha'i families across the city celebrate this special time in a diversity of ways. The Talisman family which includes parents Brooke and Emad and their 2 children live in the Qualicum neighbourhood in Ottawa. The family created a magical..

Baha'is Mark the Ridvan Festival
Thu, 3 May 2018 19:43:23
Baha'is across the City of Ottawa marked the Festival of Ridván during the period April 21 to May 2 this year. The Ridván Festival has particular significance for the Baha'i community as it is the time when...

Bahá’í Community Celebrates Ayyám-i-Há!
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:39:23
On 25 February 2018, a group of 40 Bahá’ís in the North Nepean area, along with their friends held their annual Ayyám-i-Há celebration at....

Light of Unity Concert Marks Bicentenary Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:40:03
Fiona Armstrong had a strong desire to befittingly commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah. To fulfill this wish, she conceived a plan for a musical gala which would celebrate and pay tribute to Bahá’u’lláh. This wish and plan became the Light of Unity Concert which drew many attendees on Saturday evening September 23, 2017. The concert was held...more

Foster Farm Children's Class celebrates Bicentenary Birth of Baha'u'llah
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:32:17
On Saturday, 28 October 2017, almost 40 students, parents, friends and teachers from the Foster Farm Children’s Class, came together to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The children had been preparing for this celebration for a number of weeks... more

Ottawa Baha'is Celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah
Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:44:07
On a glorious Sunday afternoon, 22 October 2017, around 800 Baha'is along with their friends and family, gathered at the Sala San Marco Convention Centre in Ottawa, Ontario to celebrate the Bicentennial anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Attendees represented a diversity of cultures and... Read more

Message received from Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Council
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:03:05
The Ottawa Baha'i community is pleased to receive the following greetings and congratulatory note from Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of City Council. The community has warmly welcomed...

Prime Minister Trudeau sends greetings to Baha'is of Canada on Bicentenary
Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:16:04
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent the following message to the Baha'i community of Canada, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah...

National Chief Perry Bellegarde Message to the Bahá’ís for the Bicentenary Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:15:07
We are delighted to share with you a moving message from the Assembly of First Nations national Chief Perry Bellegarde, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh...

A Commemorative Quilt to mark the Bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:25:08
Leading up to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, Baha’is across the Ottawa region have found many creative ways of marking this important Holy Day. "As a quilter," said Nathalie Thirlwall, "the creation of a bicentennial quilt seemed a natural way to...

Baha'is in Ottawa celebrating significant anniversary
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:37:38
Like their counterparts around the world, Baha'is in Ottawa are celebrating a very significant anniversary in the history of their Faith this year - the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, the prophet founder of their religion. Although the anniversary marks... Read more!

Ottawa Baha’i Choir enters its 25th year
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 15:00:24
For twenty five years now, the Ottawa Regional Baha’i choir has enriched community life through its spiritually inspired choral music...

The Continuing Persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:54:14
At age 66, Behrouz Tavakkoli is entering his 10th year in prison in Iran. His crime: helping to administer the affairs of the Bahá'í Community of Iran. Suffering from severe kidney and joint problems, he and the other six leaders of the Bahá'í Community face another year in prison. They are among... read more

Building Vibrant Communities
Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:59:39
Ottawa Bahá'í Conference Explores New Patterns of Community Life

On May 13, 2017, approximately 250 community members from Ottawa and the surrounding region gathered together to learn about building vibrant communities. The group, consisting of ...

Not Another Year - Calling for the Release of Seven Baha'i Leaders
Fri, 12 May 2017 22:13:46
During the next week, the Baha'i community of Ottawa is holding a series of devotional gatherings across the city to pray for the seven Baha'i leaders who are starting their ninth year of arrest and imprisonment...

A Lofty Devotional
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:59:05
When my brothers and I got an apartment in Centretown four and a half years ago, we knew we wanted to make our home a haven for people from all walks of life...

A Passion for the Marimba
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:47:04
When you walk into Zvondai Muchenje’s living room in Ottawa the first thing you notice is a big marimba next to a piano. Zvondai’s love for the marimba is immediately apparent. For the past nine years he has been sharing this love with...

Canadian Baha'i representative participates in UN forum addressing anti-muslim discrimination
Tue, 7 Feb 2017 15:31:48
Director of Government Relations for the Baha’i Community of Canada, Corinne Box, a resident of Ottawa, participated in a recent High-Level Forum on Combatting Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hate that was hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York. She was invited to...

Christmas Memories
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:00:07
Christmas time is a time of reflection and memories, but it is a religious holiday that I no longer celebrate. Yet, it was a big part of my life for over 50 years...Read more!

Joyce Frances Devlin: Artist in a “new era of energy and inspiration” Ottawa artist recognized in Vernon exhibit; reflects on art and spirit in history and her life
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:05:42
In her 85th year the Ottawa area artist Joyce Frances Devlin remains a dynamic figure, radiating energy and spiritual power. Every summer she opens her home gallery in Burritt’s Rapids to the public...

Anticipation rises for Chile Temple inauguration
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:08:27
The world-wide Baha'i community envisions a time when every community will have its own Baha'i temple, which...

Ottawa Bahá’ís Participate in Sri Chinmoy’s 2016 Peace Run Welcoming Ceremony
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:33:08
On the morning of August 3, 2016 Mrs. Wendy James chanted these words by the son of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, during an interfaith welcoming ceremony...

Accompaniment: Ottawa Youth Group Translating Bahá’í Study into Community Service
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:27:00
Since 2013, a group of youth from the Nepean area have been growing together as they have completed five books in the Ruhi Institute series. As they have gained the knowledge, skills and capacity to serve their community...

November 27, 2014 Joyce Frances Devlin: An artist’s Professional and Spiritual Journey
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:43:20
On Saturday evening, September 20, 2014, a crowd of about 40 friends from Ottawa and West Quebec gathered at the Bahá'í 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...

September 28, 2014 Sellout Concert at CD Launch of Bruno AR’s "Celestial Mosaic"
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:11:32
A 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

September 10, 2014 Youth Conferences and Activities Raising Community Capacities in Ottawa
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:10:41
The 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...

May 20, 2014 Ottawa Bahá'ís participate in successful Reddit "Ask me Anything" discussion
Tue, 20 May 2014 13:09:09
The Bahá’í community on Reddit, a popular social media website, broke new ground recently when it hosted an online question-and-answer session known as an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on May 13th. Several Ottawa Bahá’ís participated in the event, which attracted a...

March 15, 2014 Ottawa Youth Summit
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:07:13
Approximately 100 youth aged 15-30 gathered on March 1st at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre for a full day of consultation, reflection and planning. The energy was palpable and appropriately accredited to more...

February 27, 2014 Bahá’í Award for the Study of Peace and Conflict
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:56:02
For the past several years, the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Ottawa has sponsored the Bahá'í Award for the Study of Peace and Conflict at Saint Paul University. This award is granted...

January 19, 2014 World Religion Day Celebration in Ottawa
Mon, 3 Feb 2014 17:19:10
Ottawa’s fourteenth annual celebration of World Religion Day began with an Aboriginal welcome and blessing, followed by a Baha’i prayer for unity. As in previous years...

Review of Makhmalbaf’s "The Gardener" Ottawa premiere of documentary film on the Bahá'í Faith
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:38:31
For several days in mid-November, Ottawa’s Bytowne Cinema screened "The Gardener," the latest film by Iran’s award-winning producer and director Mohsen Makhmalbaf....

The Play of Light: a photo exhibit
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:00:48
A thought provoking photo exhibition of Stephen Thirlwall entitled “Myriad reflections on the automobile,” is currently being held at the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre until...

"Skywalkers, Mystics and Dreamers,"
Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:52:44
Video by Ottawa Bahá’ís John Dickie and Barry Brown receives honourable mention in international competition...

Nathalie Thirlwall, Recipient of 2013 Interfaith Ottawa Award
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:51:34
On Sunday June 23, at Ottawa City Hall, Nathalie Thirlwall, a dedicated worker in the cause of interfaith cooperation and understanding, received a 2013 Interfaith Ottawa Award from Interfaith Ottawa. The award, presented by Mayor Jim Watson and Mike McIntrye, co-chairs of this organization, was

Ottawa Bahá'ís Remember those facing Persecutions in Iran
Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:49:30
On Saturday June 22nd, the Ottawa Bahá’í centre hosted a gathering to remember fellow believers who have been, and continue to be, persecuted in Iran for their convictions. The thoughtfully prepared event...

Youth Circles: Local youth group creates spaces to ask life’s deep questions
Sun, 2 Jun 2013 14:41:56
A room full of youth sit in a circle of chairs and sofas, their heads bowed in prayer. When their prayers are done, they share news of the week that stood out for them, either from what they heard on the radio or TV or read in the newspaper. They discuss how...

Lloyd Axworthy, Bani Dugal and Canada’s press mark the fifth anniversary of the incarceration of Iran’s Baha’i leaders
Mon, 13 May 2013 14:40:36
"You are not alone. There is a unity. There are others who feel the same sense of outrage," said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and...

Ottawa Bahá’ís Celebrate the Festival of Ridvan
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:38:18
This past month, the Ottawa Bahá’í community celebrated their most important festival of the year, the Twelve Days of Ridvan (pronounced Riz-wan). Each spring, between April 21st and May 2nd, Bahá’ís around the world...

Scientific insights into the reality of Man
Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:05:41
On Friday February 8, during one of Ottawa's intense snow storms of the season, over 75 people gathered at the University of Ottawa to enjoy and learn from a presentation given by Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani, a member of the

Fourth Interfaith National Breakfast held on Parliament Hill
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:33:36
In November, the 4th annual Interfaith National Breakfast was held in the Parliamentary Restaurant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The breakfast was sponsored by...

Prayer: Stirring the Spirit
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:48:14
The Ottawa Regional Bahá’í Choir was invited to participate in two recent interfaith prayer gatherings....

Empowering Youth in a Culture of Distractions
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:19:04
On Saturday, November 24th, Tammy Plunkett, a former nurse and mother of four, spoke at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre on the challenges youth face...

Talk on Maxwell family proves to be a "marvellous therapy"
Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:25:22
5:00 AM, the alarm clock sounds, and another day begins for David Smith, Avionics Engineer at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. At least that was David's daily routine before...

Law and Love: A Special Lecture on the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:12:04
On Saturday, November 17th, the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre was pleased to host a presentation by Dr. Lagha Fanaian, family law lawyer, and author of Loving Law: A call for a spiritual reform

Zumba Devotional for the body, mind and soul
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:21:28
Over the past few months, a group of friends have been experimenting with ways to fuse their dual passions for Zumba exercise and Bahá'í devotional gatherings...

New Book by Canadian Bahá’í Scholar Explores Writings of Shoghi Effendi
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:19:12
On October 20 an audience of sixty gathered at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre to celebrate with scholar Jack McLean the publication of his much anticipated book...

Artist Barbara Pope profiled in Capital Woman magazine
Tue, 6 Nov 2012 12:17:11
Barbara Pope, a local artist and member of the Ottawa Baha’i Community, was profiled in a recent issue of Capital Woman magazine. Barbara is a visual artist who...

Canada Day Celebration at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:57:07
OTTAWA - On the afternoon of Canada Day, just a few kilometres east of Parliament in the neighbourhood of Vanier, the Ottawa Baha’i community organized a free outdoor...

Singer/Songwriter MJ Cyr in Ottawa
Sun, 27 May 2012 11:19:16
On May 12, over 60 people gathered at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre on 211 McArthur Rd. for a special devotional concert by Toronto singer/songwriter MJ Cyr....

Cleaning our environment
Thu, 10 May 2012 14:41:29
Over 50 people of five different faiths came together early evening on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 to clean up Mooney’s Bay Park. "Spring Cleaning the Capital Together" is an annual...

Bahá’ís in Ottawa gathered to elect the nine members of the Local Spiritual Assembly
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:58:13
As the Bahá’í Faith has no clergy, the Local Spiritual Assembly guides, and administers, the affairs of the community. In this way, governance in Bahá’í communities springs from the grassroots. Common activities in the Bahá’í Community of Ottawa include...

Problems continue for Baha’i educators in Iran
Sat, 7 Apr 2012 11:19:55
It’s 1998 in Iran, and a blow has been dealt to the attempts of the country’s largest religious minority to access education. Followers of the Baha’i faith, who since the Iranian revolution of 1979 have been virtually banned from attending post-secondary institutions, had ...

Happy Naw Rúz! Happy New Year!
Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:21:43
On the evening of Tuesday March 20th, Bahá'ís and their friends in Ottawa and around the world celebrated the festival of Naw Rúz, the beginning of the Bahá'í new year. Naw Rúz coincides with the spring equinox...

The Ottawa Bahá'í Centre
Thu, 8 Mar 2012 08:18:59
I knew virtually nothing about the Bahá'í faith when I walked into the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre on McArthur Avenue last week....

Larry Rowdon Poetry Book Launch
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:40:34
On Saturday, February 18th, a book launch and memorial was held at the Ottawa Baha’i Centre for Larry Rowdon, poet, writer, painter, father, husband, and Bahá'í....

Sweets for the Soul
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:15:27
If you’re looking to enjoy an evening that offers the excitement of eating out with the intimacy of staying in, you may want to sample Barrhaven’s latest Baha’i devotional...

World Religion Day 2012
Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:41:27
Mayor Jim Watson was on hand at City Hall on January 15th, 2012 to proclaim World Religion Day in Ottawa....

Ottawa Bahá'í Centre hosts community reflection meeting
Sun, 22 Jan 2012 10:50:30
On Sunday, January 8th approximately 50 people gathered at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre to participate in a reflection meeting. Such periodic gatherings are held to reflect on...

Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock: "Canadians Can Help Stop the Persecution of Iran's Bahá’ís"
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:30:11
Two pre-eminent Canadians, Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Allan Rock, President of the University of Ottawa and former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and federal cabinet minister, have published an eloquent appeal on behalf of the Baha'is of Iran. Under the title "Canadians Can Help Stop the Persecution of Iran's Baha'is"...

Interfaith Breakfast Focuses on Freedom of Religion
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:01:31
Ten Ottawa-area Bahá’ís attended the 3rd Interfaith Breakfast on Parliament Hill on November 22nd. David Sweet MP and Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Co-Chairs of the All Party Interfaith Friendship Group, welcomed approximately 150 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors and faith community representatives to the breakfast in the Parliamentary dining room...

Choral ensemble performs at area interfaith events
Thu, 24 Nov 2011 10:21:39
A Bahá’í choral ensemble recently performed in two area interfaith events, reaching about 150 people with their music. The choral ensemble comprised several members of...

Community Celebrates 100th Birthday of Ottawa Bahá'í
Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:09:30
It took two days for friends, family and other special guests to honour Della Grace Ratcliffe and celebrate the achievement of her 100th birthday. Friends and family gathered on the upper floor of the Carleton Lodge on the afternoon of Sunday, June 19th, 2011 to hear stories about Della's eventful life and accomplishments and to be entertained by talented community members who provided...

The Birth of the Báb celebrated in six Ottawa gatherings
Sun, 6 Nov 2011 12:10:21
On October 20, Bahá'ís around the world celebrate the Birth of the Báb, one of the eleven Holy Days in the Bahá'í calendar. Bahá'ís in Ottawa...

CBC radio show features Ottawa Bahá'í devotional gathering
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:53:52
In late September, an Ottawa Bahá'í devotional gathering was featured on CBC’s political news show, The House. CBC national reporter Louise Elliott attended the gathering at the invitation of the Bahá'í Community of Canada’s Office of External Affairs. She was producing a story for...

Yoga Devotional at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:58:31
Every Monday night, around 20 neighbours and friends visit the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre on MacArthur Avenue to attend a Bahá'í devotional gathering featuring yoga. The purpose of this devotional program is to...

Iconic "Lotus Temple" focus of worldwide campaign
Fri, 7 Oct 2011 08:56:06
Step onto a bus in Ottawa, Canada; open a magazine in Paris, France; or look upwards at Rimini's railway station in Italy – all around the world, India's Baha'i House of Worship is capturing the public's attention...

Ottawa children come together for ‘Brilliant Stars’ camp
Mon, 3 Oct 2011 09:29:48
During the last days of their summer break, children from across the city came together for a one-day ‘Brilliant Stars’ children camp. The purpose of the camp was to...

Bridging the Rivers of Faith
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 10:22:16
An Ottawa group called Bridging the Rivers of Faith is celebrating the end of a successful year and the beginning of its second year of activities...

Religious Persecution and the Strength of the Human Spirit
Tue, 6 Sep 2011 10:28:36
On August 27th, some 100 people gathered at the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre for an evening of reflection and inspiration aimed at honouring and praying for the safety of the seven Bahá’í leaders imprisoned in Iran for their faith. The event featured the art of Rosita Niknafs and...

Kanata Lakes devotional gathering brings a spiritual respite
Tue, 9 Aug 2011 11:59:28
Once a month, about 30 adults and children gather together in Kanata Lakes for “Soul Food Sunday”. The gathering combines readings from the world’s great faiths with reflections from leading philosophers, authors, and thinkers, interspersed with live and recorded music. Participants often bring and share readings...

Bahá'í reflection meeting launches summer projects
Sat, 6 Aug 2011 11:47:04
"The spiritual energy in the room was palpable," one participant described the community's July reflection meeting. The Ottawa Bahá’í community jumped into summer as several dozen participants gathered at the Bahá’í Centre on MacArthur Avenue for the community's semi-annual meeting to reflect on how to strengthen and extend Bahá'í community life...

Carp Bahá'ís commemorate the life of the Báb
Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:58:17
On Saturday July 9th close to 50 adults, youth and children residing in Ottawa’s west end gathered at noon for a neighborhood commemoration of a Bahá’í Holy Day, joining millions of Bahá'ís worldwide. Prayers, a video presentation, and ...

Gatineau author launches book of poetry, prose and fiction
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:06:42
David Erickson, a poet living in Gatineau, has just published his first book. The Flower at the End of the World.  There will be a launch to introduce the book to Baha'is and the general public at the Ottawa Baha'i Centre on Saturday evening, 6 August, 7:30...

Pursuing a life of distinction
Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:27:54
21-year old area Bahá'í, Sherwin Habibi, has recently been awarded the Governor-General’s medal for his achievements as an undergraduate student at Carleton University...

Empowering junior youth to serve
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:09:16
I serve as an animator of a junior youth group in Ottawa. In one of our early meetings, I felt like giving up. My co-animator had cancelled on me, I was overloaded with school and other events, and I was unsure whether it was even worth it to have a meeting that week. Would the junior youth even be home this week? Would they be willing to learn? Or would they be busy...

Our Bahá’í Pilgrimage to Israel
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:26:03
During the last two weeks of May, my husband and I, along with my mother-in-law were blessed to have the opportunity to visit Israel on a pilgrimage to the Bahá’í Shrines and holy sites. There were about 300 other Bahá’í pilgrims during our stay. We met Bahá’ís from Singapore, Australia, Canada, Macau, Colombia, Malawi, USA, and many other localities...

Ottawa singers join Chicago choral festival
Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:41:17
Ottawa area choristers Ron and Juanita Perry, Ruth Willsher, Darlene Cameron, Erin Desson and Heather Harvey spent four days rehearsing and then singing before hundreds of people at the 2011 Bahá'í Choral Festival near Chicago...

Rideau-Ottawa Bahá'í Schools Initiative: Creating Memories for 25 Years
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:49:43
For the last twenty-five summers, the Rideau Ottawa Bahá'í Schools Initiative (ROBSI) has organized fun-filled, Bahá'í-inspired summer camps in the Ottawa area. Each July up to five different week-long programs are offered...

Dispatch from the Bahá'í Academy in India
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:34:17
I have always been fascinated by how Baha’i and Baha’i-inspired organizations tend to evolve so drastically to meet changing conditions and build on experience. The Baha’i Academy is a perfect example...

Neighbourhood friends gather to say prayers for Iran
Thu, 26 May 2011 09:24:38
On the evening of May 25th, around ten friends gathered together in an Ottawa apartment to say prayers for Iran. The atmosphere was quiet and reflective...

Ottawa-area Bahá'í youth receives Tony Blair Faith Foundation Fellowship
Mon, 23 May 2011 11:44:19
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...

From Ottawa to Slovenia and back: A Bahá'í traveler’s story
Tue, 10 May 2011 19:55:47
Last week I returned to Ottawa from Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. I went there at the end of January to support the Bahá'í efforts to contribute to the spiritual advancement of their country. Slovenia is a small, beautiful country just northeast of Italy. Although it has been dominated by other forces throughout its history, what has made it possible for it to be a united country is its unique language...

Ottawa Bahá'ís gather to elect Local Spiritual Assembly
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 10:14:48
On April 20, 2011, Bahá’ís in Ottawa gathered to elect the nine members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Ottawa, the governing council that will manage affairs for the Ottawa Bahá’í community for the year.

Canadian Bahá’í Business Forum (CBBF) elects new Governing Board
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:38:34
The Canadian Bahá’í Business Forum (CBBF) held its 5th Annual General Meeting on Monday April 25, 2011. CBBF is a professional non-profit association of men and women practicing and promoting moral as well as ethical values in the workplace.

Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group launches poetry collection
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:28:40
A unique poetry reading evening was held on April 23rd at the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre on McArthur Rd., hosted by the members of the Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group. The evening served to commemorate the launch of a volume of poetry by the group in a collection titled ‘Markings’.

Bahá’í Community of Ottawa celebrates the Festival of Ridván
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:24:09
Ottawa Bahá'ís gathered on April 21 to celebrate the beginning of the Bahá'í Festival of Ridván, one of nine holy days in the Bahá'í calendar.

Plan, Act, Reflect, Celebrate!
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:24:10
On April 10, people from across the city came together at the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre for a ‘reflection meeting’ to sing, pray and consult about the processes of community building in our neighbourhoods.

Open doors to Bahá'í children's classes in Vanier
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:47:25
A visit with one of Ottawa's neighbourhood Bahá'í children's classes and junior youth empowerment groups.

Bahá’í Physician Receives National Recognition
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:55:57
Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt, a member of the Bahá’í Community of Gatineau, Quebec, has been named one of Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year

World Religion Day
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 09:19:45
Ottawa Faith Groups Celebrate World Religion Day