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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 by applying insights from the Bahá'í teachings to bring about a more just, peaceful and unified community.
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Week No. 8: "I"
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In this day, he who seeks the Light of the Sun of Truth must free his mind from the tales of the past.” “No man should follow blindly his ancestors and forefathers. Nay, each must see with his own eyes, hear with his own ears, and investigate Truth in order that he may find Truth.”






In addition to personal prayer and meditation, Bahá'í communities hold regular devotional gatherings for collective worship. These gatherings unite people in prayer and awaken their spiritual susceptibilities. more...







Study circles bring groups of people together to deepen their understanding of the Bahá'í teachings through systematic study. This involves structured group discussion of passages from the Bahá'í writings that encourage reflection on one’s moral purpose and capacities for service. more...






Bahá'í children’s classes are offered to all children between 6 and 10 years old for their spiritual education and moral development. The aim of these classes is to inspire in each child a love for our diverse human family and to cultivate a praiseworthy character. They are guided by the Bahá'í belief that children are noble beings with great potential to develop into upright and active participants in their community. more...






Junior youth – or those between 11 and 14 years – are at a crucial stage in their lives when they are defining their identity and values. Junior youth groups offered by the Bahá'í community address the needs of these young people by helping them to develop a strong moral identity and to empower them to contribute to the well-being of their communities. more...









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September 22, 2020

THE CARBON CYCLE AND CARBON CAPTURE TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE



With the adoption of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its social, economic and environmental dimensions, momentum for meaningful change has been building. As a result, a universal legally binding agreement on carbon emissions finally seems to be within reach.

Although carbon is the basic material of all life on the planet, within the atmosphere, it is found primarily in the form of CO2. Only 280 parts per million (ppm) concentrations of CO2 were recorded prior to 1750. The global carbon cycle balance between the atmosphere and other carbon reservoirs such as oceans and terrestrial ecosystems were at near zero or in a state of balance. By 1957, ppm was at 315 and in 2005, as high as 380 ppm.

The carbon cycle can be likened to a bank account. When CO2 is generated through carbon reservoirs it is likened to withdrawals, and when CO2 is absorbed in ecosystems, it is likened to deposits where the overall effect is shown as the net balance. Since the Industrial Revolution (1760-1840), the ppm has accumulated – a close coupling between changes in these concentrations and Antarctic temperature, which is a related indicator to changes in permafrost and the oceans, thus providing a glimpse of the climate outcomes to follow. more ...




September 8, 2020

PUTTING OUR HOUSE IN ORDER

Since January 2020, wonderfully large ideas have been the topics of conversation among the Bahá’ís of Ottawa and like-minded friends. The climate crisis, human rights, decolonization, and the place of agriculture amidst industrialization are among the concepts explored, via the Bahá’í teachings, in the Big Ideas series . On 21 August, Andy Tamas offered a Zoom presentation titled “Towards a New World Order: Governance Issues”.



A longtime consultant in organizational development, Tamas attained a mid-career Ph.D. studying governance in failed states – engaging with national and supra-national organizations on what works in those contexts. “The Bahá’í revelation,” he began, “has many powerful implications for world governance.” Its author, Bahá’u’lláh, insisted on two vital concepts: the essential oneness of humanity, and a new system of world order as a reflection of this oneness. He wrote, over 140 years ago: more ...



September 1, 2020

RACIAL PREJUDICE and RACIAL UNITY

Incidents and events during the summer have focused the attention of the world on the issues of racial injustice, racism and prejudice. These are all longstanding blights which impact lives and serve to undermine humanity's progress towards building a more unified and just world, one where all its inhabitants are treated with dignity.



Bahá'ís in Ottawa and their friends have been discussing this most pernicious issue while considering the contribution that they can make on a daily basis towards ridding our society of racism. In a modern world where technological advances have enabled human beings to visit the moon, where self-driving cars may soon be part of our society and where small handheld devices enable communication with some of the most remote parts of the world, it seems unfathomable that the racial harmony and racial justice envisioned in the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh have not yet become a widespread reality. more ...



Dawn of the Light portrays several individuals from different continents as they relate their own personal search after truth and meaning. They share their discovery that God has sent two Divine Manifestations —the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Watch or download the film here.



The Bahá'í world eagerly anticipated the second historic bicentenary in Bahá'í history. October 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá'í Faith. Visit the website here.



There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the dawn of its maturity. Watch or download the film here.



The Bahá'í world eagerly anticipated the second historic bicentenary in Bahá'í history. October 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá'í Faith. Follow our special series on the "Life of the Báb Cameo Series". Start the eleven part series here.


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