Marion Jack was born on 1 December 1866 in Saint John, New Brunswick, into a prominent family. She received much of her education in England and France, where she studied art. Painting landscapes was her field of specialty. She first learned of the Baha’i Faith at a social gathering during her student days in Paris. From that time on, she dedicated her life to serving that Faith. She spent some time in Acre, Israel, (then part of the Ottoman Empire) and, in 1908, taught English to ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s grandchildren.
On 29 May, Canadian Baha’i communities will mark the 122nd anniversary of the passing of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. “Baha’u’llah” is a title meaning “the Glory of God” in Arabic. Baha’is consider Baha’u’llah to be the latest in a line of Divine Messengers that includes Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, Who have brought divine teachings for the spiritual education of humankind.
“May Allah preserve, protect and bless Ayatollah Masoumi-Tehrani all his days” is not a sentiment one expects to hear from a Christian cleric in Canada about a Muslim cleric living in Iran. Yet those are the words recently written by University of Winnipeg Professor James Christie, an ordained minister. He refers to a gesture of reconciliation by the Ayatollah that he feels reflects a sentiment more and more common among religious leaders around the world, one that may overcome some of the damage done to religion by extremism and prejudice.
Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:
“A year after President Hassan Rouhani’s electoral campaign promises of equal rights for all Iranians, regardless of ethnicity and religion, the situation for Iran’s minority communities has not improved. Indeed, since President Rouhani’s election, we have seen an increase in detentions and executions of Iranians because of their faith.
The Canadian Baha’i Distribution Service has announced the launch of its redesigned website: bookstore.bahai.ca.
Baha’i literature, consisting primarily of sacred texts, community-building materials, including those of the Ruhi Institute, and Baha’i Canada publications, will be made available through this service. Additionally, the site will provide information about other literature and where it may be purchased.
Baha’is in Canada are deeply concerned to learn that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have begun the excavation of a historically important Baha’i cemetery in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran. Among many Baha’is in Canada whose families came from Iran, a number have relatives or know of families with relatives who were buried in the cemetery.
Dorothy Macquabeak Francis was one of Canada’s great Aboriginal teachers, combining her love of Baha’u’llah with her promotion of Native culture and identity. A member of the Saulteau First Nation, Dorothy Francis was born on 22 March 1912 and raised on the Waywayseecappo reserve in Manitoba, near the town of Russell. She spent her early married life with her husband, Joseph, on a reserve just outside of Broadview, Saskatchewan.
At the annual Baha’i National Convention, held in Toronto over the weekend of 25–27 April, delegates from across the country elected the national governing council of the Baha’i Community of Canada, the National Spiritual Assembly.
The 38th annual conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies will take place in Toronto, Ontario, 7–10 August 2014. Titled “Scholarship and the Life of Society,” the conference will focus on scholarship and its potential to contribute to the life of society.