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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 Part Five Part Six

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 Craig Angus on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.

First Friday Fireside
“World Peace – A Bahá'í Vision ”
Friday August 2nd, 7:30 PM

Monthly Devotional
Sunday August 4th, at 10:00 AM

Concert with Rosanna Lea
Saturday August 24th, 7:30 PM

August 17, 2019


During the Canada Day long weekend, the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre was host to a youth conference involving over 60 young people. On 29 and 30 June 2019, youth between the ages of 15 and 30, from all corners of Ottawa, gathered together in a spirit of joy, fellowship and camaraderie to participate in the Badasht Youth Conference.

The conference galvanized participants to see themselves as part of a worldwide movement of youth who are working collaboratively to create a better world. The conference opened with a letter from the Local Spiritual Assembly of Ottawa, who reminded participants that youth have a tremendous contribution to make towards addressing the problems of the world and in building vibrant communities.

In a spiritually edifying environment devoted to study and friendship, participants explored topics such as the period and capacity of youth. They also reflected on the positive and negative forces in society. Many participants commented that they have a better appreciation of the role they are to play in fostering the spiritual and material development of their neighbourhoods and local communities, an outcome which will directly benefit their families, friends and neighbours alike. Over the weekend, many friendships were strengthened and built, helping the youth to see themselves as working together as part of a supportive network of friends. more...

August 6, 2019


Althoughthere is no Bahá’í economic model, the principles of the Faith are starting to take root in the economic arena worldwide. For example, a little over a year ago, an international team of three Bahá’ís – Augusto Lopez-Claros, Arthur Lyon Dahl and Maja Groff – received USD 600,000 for winning the coveted New Shape Prize. This is the largest competition of its kind, which seeks improved models of global governance of catastrophic risks. It is an incredibly competitive award, receiving 2,702 entries from 122 countries. This winning proposal is titled Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st century. Among its many recommendations, the new model includes a more equitable funding mechanism for the UN budget.  more...


July 29, 2019


The storm clouds were gathering and, fingering her beautiful silk handkerchief, the one she had long known would be wound about her throat – not with tender care but with violence – Táhirih prayed and fasted surrounded by myriad candles as she spiritually prepared for her reunion with her Beloved, the One she would meet for the very first time in the next world.

How many names had Táhirih borne in her short life, how many boundaries had she crossed that were forbidden to women, how many souls did she set afire with love for her Beloved! Born Fátimih Baraghaní in Qazvín, Persia, the daughter of a mujtahid, a scholar of Islamic law, now she stood in her room in the mayor of Tehrán’s house, a respected prisoner for over four years. While the mayor’s wife was weeping the upcoming loss of her dear friend, the mayor’s son was waiting to take her to the planned site of her martyrdom, having promised to ensure that she was neither molested nor forced to remove her clothes.

Who was this remarkable woman? Although she had been raised in the shadows of her home, unable to be seen unveiled by men other than her male relatives, her indulgent father, Haji Mullá Salih had allowed her to be educated by a tutor. Beautiful and brilliant and known as Zarrin-Taj, meaning “crowned in gold,” she surpassed her brothers in her studies, prompting her father to say, “Would that she had been a boy, for then he would have shed illumination upon my household and would have succeeded me.” She was even permitted to attend her father’s lectures from behind a curtain. Her reputation as a fine poet had also won her renown. 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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TEL: 613-742-8250

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