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
Bahá'í teachings to bring about a more just, peaceful and unified
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 Jo Roulston ondisplay this month in the Fireside Gallery
On an autumn
Sunday afternoon in November, the Bahá’í communities of Old Ottawa
South and the Glebe hosted a special screening of the award-winning
film Mercy's Blessing at the Ottawa Mayfair theatre. As a special
treat, the film writer and director May Taherzadeh was present and held
a question-and-answer session after the screening.
The 30-minute film, which is based on a true story, has won 12
International Film awards, with film screenings at more than 20
festivals and screenings in more than 100 countries. Around 150 viewers
watched the film, which features the story about a sister and brother
in a rural village in Malawi, a story about selfless love and sacrifice
amid social injustice. It highlights the power of the human spirit and
the capacity of young people to act courageously, despite great odds,
in upholding equality and justice. The story explores the importance of
education, the equality between women and men, and the power of choice.
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
acted as producers. Nathalie Thirlwall helped to create period
costumes, and the poster and program were designed by Del Carry.
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...
Video Presentation: "Project One Garden" November
Local Bahá'í artist, Barbara Pope asks the question: "What does Unity
mean to you?"
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 websitehere.
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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