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...
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.
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...
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
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
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...
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...
BAHÁ’Í TEACHINGS CAN BUILD A MORE JUST ECONOMIC ORDER
Althoughthere is no Bahá’í economic model, the principles of the Faith
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
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
Institutions for the 21st century. Among its many
new model includes a more equitable funding mechanism for the UN