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...
Big Ideas: What type of education will help us build a global civilization?
With Dr. Thomas Ponniah
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, 7:30 pm
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Ottawa Bahá'í Centre
Bookstore, Library and Info-Centre hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, plus the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
(Note: closed on Bahá'í Holy Days and civic holidays)
Bahá’í Bookstore's Winter Holidays Closure:
From December 23, 2022 to January 09, 2023
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October 11, 2022
A Light on the Mountain
In the friends’ growing consciousness that their efforts to foster inner transformation, to widen the circle of unity, to collaborate with others in the field of service, to help populations to take charge of their own spiritual, social and economic development, and through all such efforts to bring about the betterment of the world, express the very purpose of religion itself.
— Universal House of Justice
When Rwanda lost 10% of its population, with some 800,000 souls lost in a period of three harrowing months resulting from the 1994 genocide, Chris Anderson, his family and local Bahá’ís wanted to step up and provide some sort of social services at Gatenga, a community on a mountain…but what form should it take?
The Andersons had bought land adjacent to the undeveloped Bahá’í temple lands in order to protect it, and after reaching out to people in the community, they put out a call for consultation, at which 300 people showed up. The decision was near unanimous: Gatenga was in dire need of medical services.more ...
October 4, 2022
The Climate Crisis: Hope and Context
“As for you, O ye lovers of God, make firm your steps in His Cause, with such resolve that ye shall not be shaken though the direst of calamities assail the world. By nothing, under no conditions, be ye perturbed. Be ye anchored fast as the high mountains, be stars that dawn over the horizon of life, be bright lamps in the gatherings of unity, be souls humble and lowly in the presence of the friends, be innocent in heart…”
— Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, no. 199
With the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre once again open for in-person events,“Big Ideas” went live for an evening entitled “Climate Change, Net Zero and the Great Transition: Finding Hope and Taking Action”. Speaker Diana Cartwright, a clean-tech trade commissioner at Global Affairs Canada, was frank about the accelerating evidence of our global climate crisis. She also, however, offered sources of hope from the Bahá’í teachings and community experience, as well as current progress in sustainability and green technologies.
Ms. Cartwright began close to home: “How is climate change affecting you? Why do you care?” Ottawa residents replied: shorter winters; more extreme weather events, from tornadoes to freezing rain; plus, outdoor rinks and cross-country skiing are compromised! In fact, the National Capital Commission foresees a nearly 2-degree (Celsius) rise in temperatures in the next decade, and a nearly 4-fold increase in the number of summer days with plus-30 temperatures. Cartwright confirmed for the audience that the climate crisis is not coming, it is here, now. And in case we’ve forgotten, nations like ours have contributed massively to the carbonization of our atmosphere, the main cause of rapid climate change. more ...
August 30, 2022
Racial Justice as Part of Climate Action
Justice is not limited, it is a universal quality. Its operation must be carried out in all classes, from the highest to the lowest. Justice must be sacred, and the rights of all the people must be considered. Desire for others only that which you desire for yourselves. Then shall we rejoice in the Sun of Justice, which shines from the Horizon of God.
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks
Most Canadians would agree that all people should have equal access to healthy and sustainable living conditions. However, Indigenous persons and people of colour are much more likely to live in neighbourhoods and communities with polluted air and contaminated water or soil.
The Bahá’i World Centre encourages us to work hand in hand with people of all faiths who are working towards the progress of humanity to help mitigate human suffering and bring about a spiritually united humanity. The Ottawa Cluster Environment Group recently hosted an online presentation by a young African American public policy advocate, Abdul Dosunmu, who has researched this phenomenon and leads an organization to help remedy it. Dosunmu grew up in Dallas, Texas where a largely Black and Hispanic community housing complex was constructed on land adjacent to a lead smelter. Toxic effluent from the smelter was shown to affect the IQ of children and cause excruciating pain in the limbs of adults. Community organizers fought successfully to get the smelter shut down and to get compensation for the families in the complex.
Dosunmu said this action by disadvantaged and racialized organizers inspired him to work for environmental justice. In his presentation he showed that communities of colour are more likely to be exposed to the effects of both climate change and environmental degradation. Dosunmu said Indigenous and African American communities are more likely to suffer the effects of particulate matter pollution from industry and pollution from pipelines, drilling sites and oil and gas infrastructure. He also gave several examples of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations winning campaigns for environmental justice in their communities. more ...
"Episodes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá" is a series of articles Commemorating the Centenary of the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá November 28, 1921.
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.