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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...




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 Fiona Armstrong on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.




First Friday Fireside
"Multilateralism"
April 5th, 7:30 PM
with David Oke

Garo and Friends Concert
Saturday April 6th, 7:30 PM

Monthly Devotional
Sunday April 7th, at 10:30 AM

Bahá'í Choir
Sunday April 7th and 14th at 7:00 PM

Spiritual Book Club
A Long Way Home
Tuesday in April 16th, 1:00 PM

Study Group
“God Passes By"
Wednesdays in April 11:00 AM

Yoga and Devotions
Mondays in April 1st, 15th, and 22nd 6:45 PM

“Art for the Soul”
Devotions and Creative Arts for Families

April 20th at 9:30 AM

1st Day of Ridvan
April 21st

9th Day of Ridvan

April 29th








PART ONE

April 15, 2019

DARKNESS AT NOON

Methinks I heard a voice in My inmost being: Do thou sacrifice the thing which thou lovest most in the path of God, even as Husayn, peace be upon him, hath offered up his life for My sake.
-The Báb –


Three rows of 250 muskets were pointed at the two men who were suspended by a nail on a wall of the barracks square in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabríz. Some 10,000 people had thronged in the square and on the rooftops to witness the execution of one who claimed to be the Báb, and the bearer of a divine message destined to transform the spiritual life of humanity.



The day before, the Báb was being escorted through Tabríz to His prison cell in the barracks square, not in a triumphant procession as He once did, but chained and without the green sash and turban that proclaimed his lineage as a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. This time, the gathered crowds did not throw themselves at His feet seeking His blessing, but instead hurled insults, garbage and attempted to strike Him. Suddenly, a young man threw himself at the Báb's feet. "Send me not from Thee, O Master. Wherever Thou goest, suffer me to follow Thee." The Báb answered: "Muhammad-‘Alí (known as Anís), arise and rest assured that you will be with Me." Anís was promptly arrested along with two other Bábís.

So great was Anís’ love for the Báb that his father had recently confined him to his room, fearing he would do something foolish. After hours of ardent prayer and almost unconscious, Anís suddenly heard the voice of the Báb calling him: Rejoice, the hour is approaching when, in this very city, I shall be suspended before the multitude and shall fall victim to the fire of the enemy. I shall choose no one except you to share with Me the cup of martyrdom. Rest assured that this promise which I give you shall be fulfilled. Anís’ emerged from his room and joyfully reunited with his family, none suspecting what his true intentions were. more...



INTRODUCTION

The year 2019 marks the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb

March 30, 2019



When a new messenger of God appears on earth, it is like a stone thrown into a still pond. Its impact is immediate and the rings are small, but they grow and widen until the whole pond is energized. In the spring of 1819, it was the Báb who was the stone cast into the pond of an unsuspecting, heedless world. Two hundred years later, the beautiful golden Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel attests not only to his powerful impact on the world, but also to His followers, the Bábís, whose sacrifices laid the groundwork for an even greater Messenger and message.

It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. It is surely true that the greatest writers could never have imagined or created the story of the Báb and his disciples. Even so, it has all the elements of an exciting story: spiritual transformation, iron-willed faith against all odds, prophetic dreams and astounding miracles, feats of superhuman strength and amazing deeds of bravery and sacrifice.
more...



Ottawa Creative Writers’ Group in its 25th Year

March 25, 2019



It’s hard to believe that the WG, as it’s affectionately known, is now in its 25th year. The brainchild of Larry Rowdon, Bruce Filson, and Linda O’Neil, soon followed by David Erickson, Jim Desson and Jack McLean, the WG first started in the summer of 1993 at a rented storefront and was then held at the Crichton St. Bahá’í Centre for a few years before moving on to holding its meetings in private homes.

Members read either their finished product or work-in-progress such as excerpts from a novel, poems, short stories, plays, haiku and children’s literature among other genres, each receiving constructive gentle feedback from all. Every second year or so a beautiful chapbook showcasing members’ work is published, followed by a poetry evening held at the Bahá’í Centre, both of which are currently in the works for this year. 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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