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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.

from the Life
of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Commemorating the Centenary of
the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
November 28, 1921

Read the unfolding series here.

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...

Welcome to season two of Big Ideas.
Coming October 15, 2021: Learning from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a Society Characterized by Ageism
with Dr. Deborah van den Hoonaard

For details about this series, click here.
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October 4, 2021

Putting Ethical and Moral Principles into Action as Consumers

The Bahá'i International Community tells us that "the shift towards a more just, peaceful and sustainable society will require attention to a harmonious dynamic between the material and non-material (or moral) dimensions of consumption and production." However, many of us are unsure how we can achieve a harmonious dynamic between the material and the moral in our own daily lives. After all, we are part of an economic system that applauds consumerism, and although we know that conspicuous consumption contributes to inequality and climate change, how do we make morally and ethically driven purchasing decisions?

Daniel Truran, director of EBBF* (Ethical Businesses Building the Future) has suggested that we can take actions in our daily lives that will make a difference. He challenges us to think about how we can put the principles of justice, unity and a commitment to human wellbeing into practice in our individual economic decisions.

Truran offered some compelling arguments for why ethical business practices make good economic sense. For example, he argues that justice and equity in the workplace can motivate employees to work harder, while inequality undermines motivation. If employees are not being treated well in a workplace, they will likely feel less motivated to contribute to the business's success. However, he is optimistic that in recent years – and especially during the past year of the pandemic – there has been a growing sense that businesses must refine their purpose and become more socially engaged. He sees a " global culture shift" towards a more socially responsible and environmentally sustainable model of business that contributes to justice and unity rather than eroding them. He also offered some suggestions on how we, as consumers, can make decisions that will help propel businesses towards adopting ethical business practices. more ...

Episode 7

September 26, 2021

Walking the Mystical Way with Practical Feet

“[In the future] mankind will be as one nation, one race and kind — as waves of one ocean. Although these waves may differ in form and shape, they are waves of the same sea. Flowers may be variegated in colors, but they are all flowers of one garden. Trees differ though they grow in the same orchard. All are nourished and quickened into life by the bounty of the same rain, all grow and develop by the heat and light of the one sun, all are refreshed and exhilarated by the same breeze that they may bring forth varied fruits. This is according to the creative wisdom. If all trees bore the same kind of fruit, it would cease to be delicious. In their never-ending variety man finds enjoyment instead.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

When the S.S. Cedric docked in New York on April 11, 1912, many expectant Bahá’ís awaited on shore for the One whose visit on North American soil had been their dearest wish. Immediately upon setting foot on solid ground, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was surrounded by a horde of journalists clamouring for His attention. One of them asked: “What do you think of America?” The Master answered “I like it. Americans are optimistic. If you ask them how they are, they say ‘All right!’ If you ask them how things are going, they say ‘All right!’ This cheerful attitude is good.” Fascinated, the press was smitten and would follow Him throughout all His travels. more ...

September 15, 2021

Carbon Capture Day Event 2021 at Mooney’s Bay

The changes required to reorient the world toward a sustainable future imply degrees of sacrifice, social integration, selfless action, and unity of purpose rarely achieved in human history. These qualities have reached their highest degree of development through the power of religion. Therefore, the world's religious communities have a major role to play in inspiring these qualities in their members, releasing latent capacities of the human spirit and empowering individuals to act on behalf of the planet, its peoples, and future generations.
— International Bahá’í Community

More than 30 people joined Bahá'í organizers and youth volunteers for Ottawa's fourth annual Carbon Capture Day at Mooney's Bay Wednesday August 25th. Carbon Capture Day is a Bahá'í-inspired initiative founded by Carol Gravelle, a member of the Ottawa Cluster Environment Group whose mandate is to present science-based environmental solutions within the context of Bahá’í values and to encourage people to take action. The event included several speakers who promote expanding the tree canopy, encourage building green roofs in Ottawa, help cities create and maintain greenbelts as well as increasing awareness of our responsibility to be good environmental stewards. 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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