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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, Part Seven




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.


Study Group
September 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11:00 AM

Book Blub
“Maxwells of Montreal"
September 5, 12 and 19, 2019
5:00 until 7:00 PM


First Friday Fireside
“Prayer” with Lua Parsa
September 6th, 7:30 PM

“The Station of the Bab: its gradual disclosure and Reality"
With Bobbi Lyons
Sunday September 15th, at 1:00 PM


Yoga and Devotions
September 16th, 23rd and 30th, 6:45 PM

Choir
Sunday September 15th, 22nd and 29th, at 7:00 PM

An Evening of Storytelling
With Louise Profeit- Leblanc
Saturday September 21st, at 7:30 PM


Launch of new poetry book
Ottawa Baha’i Creative Writers’ Group
Saturday September 28th, at 7:30 PM










PART SEVEN

August 28, 2019

THE OPEN MOUNTAIN

Not long after the Báb’s proclamation in the Vakil Mosque, the governor watched incredulously as the Báb’s star burned even brighter among the people. “I swear by the imperial crown of Muhammad Sháh that this very night, I shall have the Siyyid-i-Báb executed together with His wretched companions! By this act, I shall have destroyed a heresy whose survival poses the greatest menace to the interests of the State.”



The Báb and his companions were then arrested at His uncle’s home. He accepted events in His life as He always did, with great dignity and calm, but as they were being escorted under guard, He kept repeating the same verse from the Qu’rán: That which they are threatened is for morning. Is not the morning near? Soon the guards witnessed people running about in great fear and shrouded bodies being carried in the streets. A cholera epidemic had broken out. Confused, the constable in charge made his way to the governor’s palace only to find he had fled with his family, leaving only dying servants behind. Dread was growing his heart like a mighty tree as he led the Báb to his house, where he found his family weeping over his dying son.

“I adjure You, by Him who has elevated You to this exalted position, to intercede on my behalf and to offer a prayer for the recovery of my son. Punish him not for that which his father has committed. I repent of what I have done, and at this moment resign my post. I solemnly pledge my words that never again will I accept such a position even though I perish of hunger.” more...



August 17, 2019

BADASHT YOUTH CONFERENCE



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

HOW BAHÁ’Í TEACHINGS CAN BUILD A MORE JUST ECONOMIC ORDER



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...



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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211 McArthur Ave. K1L 6P6
TEL: 613-742-8250
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