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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.

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...




  Gladys Harvey Retrospective on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.




First Friday Fireside
“Bahá'í Houses of Worship Around the World”
January 4th, 7:30 PM


Monthly Devotional
Sunday January 6th, at 10:30 AM

“Gladys Harvey: A Retrospective of her Life and Work”
Friday January 11th at 7:30 PM

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

Yoga and Devotions
Mondays in January 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th 7:00 PM

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

January 12th & 26th 9:30 AM

Reading the Spirit bookclub,
“Honour” by Elif Shafak

Tuesday January 15th, 1:00 PM

Course by Mark Keedwell,
“Bahá’u’lláh and Rumi”

Thursdays in January 7:30 PM








Dramatic play reading that explored an episode of Bahá’í history draws large crowd

January 15, 2019



It was standing room only at the dramatic reading of the play, “Tabreez”, written by Marlene Macke, on Nov. 24 at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre. The full-length play told the story of two families, one Persian, one British, living in Tabriz, Iran, and how their lives intersected around the execution of the Báb on July 9, 1844. The play offered a fascinating combination of historical and fictionalized characters who helped tell the story of this dramatic episode in Bahá’í history.

The nine characters, of British, Persian and Armenian origin, were all played by Bahá’í community members, many of whom had not performed on stage before. The show was directed by David Andrews, a retired teacher at Canterbury High School and Linda O’Neil and Heather Harvey acted as producers. Nathalie Thirlwall helped to create period costumes, and the poster and program were designed by Del Carry. more...




Children First

January 5, 201



What if children’s education emphasized learning to think, reflect and apply spiritual laws that benefit both their life and their society? It sounds otherworldly, yet the young are our most precious treasure since the promise and guarantee of the future lie with them.

The children’s class for some 20 four-and-five-year-olds and seven-to-10-year-olds in the Albion-Heatherington neighbourhood is taught every Tuesday by volunteer teachers. At the beginning of every class they are asked to say prayers which confirm that God is a rewarding presence in their lives. The children then participate in book reading, understanding and discussion. Take for example a recently read book about disobedience. They were shown the book’s illustrations and their views were elicited, with each young voice recognized in reinforcing the learned lesson. Since the children’s class is founded on Bahá’í teachings and therefore universal in scope, learning the importance of obedience at a young age is important. more...




Power and Peace Workshop

December 12, 2018



In October 2018, a personal growth workshop took place in Ottawa led by Hugh Smiley, a very interesting Bahá'í from Toronto whom I have known for more than a decade. Hugh is a thoughtful, funny, well-read and highly experienced practitioner working in the area where spirituality, psychology and physical health meet. A Bahá'í who lived for five years in Paraguay, he now works as a psychotherapist and bodyworker; he also teaches meditation and creative voicework. His passions include playing jazz piano and studying flamenco dance. For eight years he taught at Heartsong Hill, a 50-acre forested retreat on Georgian Bay that he founded. more...


Special Video Presentation: "Project One Garden"

November 20, 2018

Local Bahá'í artist, Barbara Pope asks the question: "What does Unity in Diversity mean to you?" 



Bahá'í Ottawa Community News


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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