In observance of the eighth anniversary of the arrest and incarceration of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for their immediate release.
Taking the theme “Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven,” the campaign will emphasize the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release.
Delegates from across Canada elected their national governing council, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, for the coming year over the past weekend in Calgary. The National Assembly consists of nine members elected out of all adult members of the Baha’i community in Canada.
A number of Canadian faith communities, including the Baha’i Community of Canada, have responded positively to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action. In a "Statement on the Importance of Truth and Reconciliation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples", the Canadian Interfaith Conversation responded formally to the Commission’s 48th “Call to Action” addressed to Canada’s religious and interfaith communities, asking that they respond by March 31st.
This is the first year that Baha’is around the world will celebrate two of their most important holy days on consecutive days, November 13 and 14. The first day commemorates the birth of the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith, and the second, the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently announced the establishment of an External Advisory Committee on religious freedom. The committee is comprised of 23 members from a variety of Canadian faith and belief communities, including the Director of Government Relations for the Baha’i Community of Canada, Corinne Box.
The 39th annual North American conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies, entitled “Advancing the Life of the Mind” is scheduled to take place this August 6th to 9th in Orange County, California.
This year July 10th marks the 165th anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb-- the first of the twin Prophet figures of the Bahá’í Faith. For the Bahá’í community the Martyrdom of the Báb is a holy day commemorated annually by Bahá’ís across Canada, and the world over.
The National Spiritual Assembly, the Baha’i Community of Canada’s national governing council, hosted a special dinner, film and talking circle to honour the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on Thursday 28 May just prior to the Closing Events of the Commission which took place in Ottawa, May 31 to June 3.