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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...



  The art of Dianne Henderson on display this month in the Fireside Gallery downstairs.


February 2020

Strings Afternoon
Sunday February 2nd, at 2:00 PM

First Friday Fireside
Une Religion pour l’Humanité with Jack McLean
February 7th, 7:30 PM

Study Group
February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 11:00 AM

Yoga and Devotions
Monday February 17th and 24th, 7:00 PM

Choir
Sunday February 2nd, 9th and 23rd, at 7:00 PM

Course
’Abdu’l-Bahá the Interpreter
February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 7:00 PM

Big Ideas Series: “The Baha’i Faith and Human Rights”
with Tony Michel
Friday February 21st, 7:30 PM more information...

Mental Wellness
Sunday February 23rd, 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Tabreez: en francais
Friday February 28th, 7:30 PM

Ayyám-i-Há Party
Saturday February 29th, 2:00 PM










February 14, 2020

THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE BAHÁ’Í VISION

by Jay Howden

An encouraging audience of 35 gathered at the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre at 211 MacArthur Avenue for the first evening of the “Big Ideas” series. Diana Cartwright, a federal civil servant, has dedicated her professional life to understanding and action on environmental subjects. Her wide experience, from local activism to international congresses, made her an ideal presenter, on January 24, of “Environmental Crisis, Climate Emergency: Looking for Answers in the Bahá’í Revelation”.



“As Naomi Klein wrote,” Cartwright said, “the climate crisis changes everything.” It invites extremes: while many ignore or even deny climate change, others despair that we’ve already failed. Yet despite grim assessments by scientists worldwide and the fires and floods deranging whole societies, there is hope, she insisted. Bahá’u’lláh made it clear that humanity is not just theoretically a single thing, but that its unity and peace are inevitable stages in its evolution. “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers, He announced. “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”

Ms. Cartwright emphasized three concepts. First, she argued, “Climate change is acting as a catalyst to world unity.” As dire and global as the effects of warming are – extreme weather catastrophes, the quieter threats of rising and warming seas – they also prove that national borders are illusory, and narrow self-interest counterproductive. Unprecedented, mounting levels of atmospheric carbon are a global emergency, and there is no hiding from the need to address them globally, together. We must unite and, as Cartwright pointed out, we are – though she wishes we moved a little faster! more...



February 9, 2020

A DEVOTIONAL GATHERING TO FEED BODY AND SOUL



As Wendy James and Bernie Benoit warmly greet people at the door of their lovely and inviting home, you can already feel the excitement and joy collecting among the people in the living room. Delicious potluck foods are filling up the counter in the kitchen, ready to regale the guests after spiritual food by way of a themed devotional, which begins with greetings and introductions. Wendy never ceases to amaze all those present with her capacity to remember everyone’s name, either new or regulars, which often runs to between 10 and 20 people.

Prayers and writings are spontaneously read and shared, often interspersed with recorded or live musical renditions of prayers. This is followed by a collective reading of two pages of quotations from the Bahá’í writings and other sources on a chosen topic, mostly in English with some French, out of which a healthy debate takes place among the guests. more...



January 31, 2020

2020 WORLD RELIGION DAY PROCLAIMED IN OTTAWA



On Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed January 19, 2020 to be World Religion Day in Ottawa. Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas presented the proclamation at City Hall to two representatives of the Ottawa Bahá'í community.

The text of the proclamation highlights Ottawa's rich tradition of interfaith cooperation, as well as the City's long-standing commitment to diversity.

The Bahá’í teachings also emphasize the importance of diversity. Speaking in Paris in 1911, ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, one of the Central Figures of the Bahá’í Faith, observed that “[i]f you beheld a garden in which all the plants were the same as to form, color and perfume, it would not seem beautiful to you at all, but, rather, monotonous and dull. The garden which is pleasing to the eye and which makes the heart glad, is the garden in which are growing side by side flowers of every hue, form and perfume, and the joyous contrast of color is what makes for charm and beauty. So is it with trees. An orchard full of fruit trees is a delight; so is a plantation planted with many species of shrubs. It is just the diversity and variety that constitutes its charm; each flower, each tree, each fruit, besides being beautiful in itself, brings out by contrast the qualities of the others, and shows to advantage the special loveliness of each and all…The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”
-  (PARIS TALKS: Addresses Given by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá in 1911) more...




Dawn of the Light portrays several individuals from different continents as they relate their own personal search after truth and meaning. They share their discovery that God has sent two Divine Manifestations —the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Watch or download the film here.



The Bahá'í world eagerly anticipated the second historic bicentenary in Bahá'í history. October 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá'í Faith. Visit the 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.



The Bahá'í world eagerly anticipated the second historic bicentenary in Bahá'í history. October 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá'í Faith. Follow our special series on the "Life of the Báb Cameo Series". Start the eleven part series here.


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