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Vernissage and Fireside: Louise Profeit-LeBlanc“Tabreez” - a dramatic reading
The story of how the martyrdom of the Báb on July 9, 1844  affected two families – one British, one Persian – in Tabriz, Persia

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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, applying insights from the Bahá'í teachings to bring about a more just, peaceful and unified community.

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July 3, 2018

Baby Devotional is Taking Off in Ottawa

Baby Devotional is Taking Off in Ottawa

Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh and His appointed successor, said that there is nothing sweeter in the world of existence than prayer.” How much sweeter can it get, then, when reciting prayers with precious little babies?

Over a year ago, two moms started a Facebook group with the intent of getting together with other new moms to say prayers and socialize. This group was called the Ottawa Baby Devotional...

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June 28, 2018

Stittsville/Kanata Junior Youth Group Marks First Anniversary

Junior Youth Group Marks First Anniversary

April 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of the formation of a new junior youth group in the Stittsville-Kanata area. For the past year this group (one of 30 such groups in the Ottawa area) consisting of six junior youths (11-14 year olds) and three animators (facilitators), have met every Sunday to study the Junior Youth Empowerment Program (JYEP) materials by the Ruhi Institute, discuss spiritual topics, plan service projects, and play and socialize with their peers. Over the past year, the junior youth have not only grown in height, but in maturity as well.  more...

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June 8, 2018

By Susan Ward

Shrine of the BábOn the evening of May 23rd, Bahá’ís around the world celebrated the Declaration of the Báb, the prophet-founder who ushered in a new era for humanity. Bahá’ís observe this holy day by gathering at homes and venues to commemorate this momentous event.

In my own neighbourhood in Ottawa's West End, the Bahá’í community held a pleasant celebration. We met at 9 pm at the home of our hosts Tony and Jane to mingle with kindness and share sweets and tea. The program for the evening was then launched with gentle piano music. The evening included a beautiful program that told the story about the night the Báb declared His mission to his first disciple, Mullá Husayn, on May 23, 1844, which included prayers and passages from the Báb’s writings.  We paused twice during the readings to sing and chant verses led by a mother and daughter duo.  At 10:11 pm, around the time that the Báb declared His mission to His guest, a special prayer known as the Tablet of Visitation was recited. We then ended our celebration in love and fellowship.

House of the BábThe story of the Báb is a fascinating one. Mullá Husayn belonged to a religious school called the Shaykhís that believed the bearer of a new divine revelation would shortly makes his appearance in the world and would prove His claim both by fulfilling certain physical characteristics and through His writings. To that end, Mullá Husayn and other Shaykhís were sent on a quest across Persia to find this new prophet.

During his travels, Mullá Husayn was drawn like a magnet to the city of Shiraz, Iran, and there he met a young man wearing a green turban Read more...

Community News Current
June 2, 2018

Public Screening of Light to the World

Light to the WorldA public screening of Light to the World, a 51-minute documentary film on the life and teachings of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh – which was produced to commemorate the bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth in 2017 – took place free of charge at the CineStarz in Orleans on May 11, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm.

The film was attended by about 75 people, including 20 youth and young adults. The screening was followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session where a variety of topics were broached ranging from the history of the life of Bahá'u'lláh to the core activities (children's classes, junior youth empowerment, study circles, and devotional meetings), as well as on various Bahá'í principles and teachings such as consultation.

Light to the WorldIn the months leading up to the public screening on May 11th, many efforts were undertaken to publicize the event, which included distributing about 500 invitation cards to the screening in the Baha’i community by email, at feasts, at holy day events, through a Facebook group, as well as personal word-of-mouth invitations to colleagues, friends and family. The organizers – Samin Moradipour, Basim Moradipour and Elia Touesnard – worked very hard over a period of about four months to make the screening a reality and a success. More...

Community News Current
May 18, 2018


ALL ABOARD THE NIGHTINGALE EXPRESS!The Ridván period (April 21 to May 2 2018) saw many Baha'i families across the city celebrate this special time in a diversity of ways. The Talisman family which includes parents Brooke and Emad and their 2 children live in the Qualicum neighbourhood in Ottawa. The family created a magical and welcoming event where a small group of 13 friends celebrated the first day of Ridván. In Brooke's words, “it was such a lovely chance to deepen our friendships with the entire family of our children’s class participants, especially when the day was directly focused on the person of Baháu’lláh and His message of unity and peace!”

ALL ABOARD THE NIGHTINGALE EXPRESS!Brooke then explained: “We began the 1st day of Ridván Celebration by handing out tickets to “The Nightingale Express” – a train that takes you back in time to Baghdad in 1863. Our son acted as the conductor and he stamped our tickets for the first day. We then traveled on the train down the stairs and paddled across the Tigris river in our boat (a blue swath of material served as the river and a hole hoop with paddles for the boat). Our guests then entered the Garden of Ridván and experienced a room full of every plant in our home and a television playing a video of singing nightingales.  Our daughter welcomed our guests into the Tent of Bahá'u'lláh and anointed their hands with rosewater." Read more...

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