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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.

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
January 3rd, 7:30 PM

The Photography of Bernie Cardin
Saturday January 4th, at 7:00 PM

Yoga and Devotions
Monday January 2nd, 9th and 16th, 6:45 PM

Sunday January 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, at 7:00 PM

Study Group
"’Abdu’l-Baha the Interpreter"
January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 7:00 PM

Strings Concert
Sunday January 26th TBA

Big Ideas Series: The Environment
Friday January 17th TBA

December 9, 2019


The year 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, who was the forerunner and herald to the Bahá’í Faith. In the weeks preceding the anniversary Bahá'ís and their friends across Ottawa marked this special Bicentenary with a rich tapestry of celebrations involving over 80 events and 1,800 participants. The events ranged from small, intimate groups in homes to public events of 150 or more individuals. Artistic endeavours formed a strong part of many events including concerts, skits, songs and the creation of a quilt. The new bicentenary film, Dawn of the Light, which explores the search for truth and meaning, was shown at several events.

In one such event, a group of friends living in the Donald street area of Vanier, decided to visit all the families of their children and junior youth participants. Over the month of October, they carried out visits to all the families involved in the educational programs in order to share with them the joy of the news and worldwide celebration of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb. more...

November 18, 2019

May Maxwell and the Maxwells of Montreal – Course recently given by Jack McLean

by Linda Russell

Who was May Maxwell and why is she regarded as “the spiritual mother” of the Bahá’í community of Canada? Jack McLean’s recent course explored the fascinating life of this selfless individual and the contributions she and her family made over five decades of service to the development of the Bahá’í Faith. Approximately 25 friends attended the course, which was held on Thursday nights at the Bahá’í Centre from September 5 to October 17, 2019.

In addition to the life of May Maxwell, the course covered the contributions of May’s husband, William Sutherland Maxwell, an outstanding Canadian architect who designed the Shrine of the Báb* on Mount Carmel in Israel, and their daughter Mary, who grew up to become Rúhíyyih Khánum, wife of the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, who was the grandson of Abdu’l-Bahá and great-grandson of the founder of the Baha’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh. She was his constant companion and tireless collaborator.

These were wonderful opportunities to learn more about the Twin Messengers of God for this Day, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh, and the wonderful message of love, peace and change they brought to the world. It also created multiple spaces where friends and family joined in prayer for the spiritual growth of their children as well as gratitude for all the bounties received from God. Everyone was also invited to a neighborhood celebration on the Bicentenary. more...


October 27, 2019


The Báb’s arrival at the mountain fortress of Chihríq in April 1848 set in motion the very same conditions that had occurred at Máh-Kú. The custodian of Chihríq, Yahyá Khán, soon fell under the spell of the Báb’s love and divine power and the region’s Kurds turned to Him in utter devotion, hoping for a glimpse of Him to bless their day.

In July 1848, on the orders of Muhammad Sháh’s foolish prime minister, Hájí Mírzá Áqásí, the Báb was sent to Tabríz for an examination by chosen group of ‘ulamá, high-level clerics, attended by the Valí-‘Ahd, who was the crown prince and future Sháh, Násiri’d-Dín Mírzá. On His way to Tabríz, a stop was made in the town of Urúmíyyih where the prince, Malik Qásim Mírzá, treated him with courtesy. However, wanting to test the Báb, on a certain Friday he sent his groom to bring out his wildest horse for his guest to ride. 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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