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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.

The Bahá'í world is eagerly anticipating the second historic bicentenary in Bahá'í history. October 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá'í Faith.  Read more...

Follow our special series on the "Life of the Báb". We will be publishing a new instalment of our "Cameo Series"
every nineteen days culminating with Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth the Báb October 28th, 2019.
 Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three Part Four

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...

  The art of Fiona Armstrong on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.

Stephen Thirwall and Cy Camphaug in Concert
Saturday June 1st, 7:00 PM

Ottawa Bahá'í Choir
Sunday June 2nd and 9th, 7:00 PM

Yoga and Devotions
Mondays in Jume: 3rd, 10th, and 17th 7:00 PM

Study Group
Wednesdays in June 11:00 AM

First Friday Fireside
“Relationship between the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh”
with Shamim Taherzadeh

Friday June 7th, 7:30 PM

Monthly Devotional
Sunday June 9th, at 10:30 AM

Memorial: Don Rogers
Tuesday June 11th, 7:00 PM

“Art for the Soul”
Devotions and Creative Arts for Families

Saturday June 15th at 9:30 AM


June 14, 2019


As his fellow Shaykhís gathered round to hear him speak near the entrance to the mosque, they noticed that although Mullá Husayn looked the same, he was somehow different. When he spoke, a new fire burned in his eyes. They still had not discovered the Promised One, but they sensed that Mullá Husayn knew, though he refused to say. However, he did recommend that they all fast and pray to God and that in time, the answer would come.

Gradually, as predicted by the Báb, almost all those who became the Letters of the Living were led by prayers and dreams to the house of the Báb, including Mullá Husayn’s nephew and brother. The Báb then told Mullá Husayn that one Letter of the Living remained to present himself and that he would arrive the next evening.

The following evening, as the Báb and Mullá Husayn were returning to His home, they were met by a young man in a state of agitation whose clothes were travel-stained with dust. He approached Mullá Husayn, hugged him and asked him if he had reached his goal, all the while staring at the Báb. Surprised, Mullá Husayn asked him to calm down and that he would soon let him know, but the young man never removed his gaze from the Báb. more...

June 3, 2019

Reading the Spirit: A Book Club With a Difference

Elia Touesnard longed for a book club, perhaps with her Bahá’í friends in Ottawa. Inspiration came from some of the usual sources, and an unusual one: Azar Nafisi’s memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, about an Iranian professor sharing literary enthusiasms with young women under cover of darkness (the Iranian Revolution had made such a meeting a crime). Meanwhile, Phyllis Perrakis was herself a University of Ottawa Professor, and in secret, she similarly volunteered to teach at the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), helping Bahá’ís in Iran to get an education their country had denied them.

Phyllis helmed a meeting to acquaint Ottawa citizens with the Iranian situation, especially since our local universities were among the first in the world to admit BIHE students to their graduate programs. She spoke in April 2015 about Reading Lolita and about her work with BIHE; she glowed when sharing thoughts about books she cared about. Responding to Elia’s interest, Phyllis proposed a book club that would, as she wrote, “focus on novels that inspire and uplift while challenging the reader, deepening our understanding of our spiritual potential and the power of literature for personal growth.” more...

May 24, 2019

Rúmí and the Bahá’í Faith

Mark Keedwell is a man on a mission. As he himself states, he is determined to fill in the blanks in progressive revelation and has put his considerable knowledge of world religions and philosophy towards educating people about the interconnectedness of all the major faiths with an emphasis on the connection between Islám and the Bahá'í Faith.

Progressive revelation is a core tenet in the Bahá'í Faith that states that a series of divine Messengers (such as Abraham, Zoroaster, Krishna, Christ and Muhammad) will continue to appear throughout human history with teachings that are tailored to suit the needs of the time. The purpose is not only to help humanity build an ever-advancing civilization, but to help it recognize its essential spiritual reality and the source from which it comes.

Born in Ottawa in 1954 to parents who became Bahá’ís in 1957, Mark officially became a Bahá’í himself in 1971. His fascination with world religions and mysticism led him to receiving a BA in Religious Studies from Carleton University in 1978 and then a Master’s in Comparative Religion from the University of Toronto in 1980, which focused on comparing the concept of prophets in Islám and manifestations of God in the Bahá’í Faith. more...

Bahá'ís of Ottawa Celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah. Inspired by the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah, millions of people worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017. Visit Bicentenary 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

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