A small group from south of “The Malahat,” B.C. studies together outside. © Anne Murray
Toronto, Ontario, 17 July 2014 (CBNS)

Over the weekend of 11–13 July, the Bahá’í communities of Halifax, Saskatoon and Victoria hosted youth conferences to welcome more youth into a process that provides people of all ages with the opportunity to contribute to constructive social change and to build their capacity to serve their communities.

The Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 10 July 2014 (CBNS)

On July 9, members of the Baha’i Faith along with their friends and families commemorated the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab. As one of the two founders of the Baha’i Faith, the events of the Bab’s life, whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic, are of special significance to Baha’is.

Angus Cowan. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 30 June 2014 (CBNS)

Angus Cowan played a pivotal role in introducing the Baha’i Faith to Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. He shared the teachings of Baha’u’llah while traveling in Western Canada, and later served as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for the Americas, an advisory board that assists national communities in their development.

Angus Cowan was born on 12 September 1914 in Bishopton, Quebec. He attended high school in Knowlton, and then studied at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Young people from the West Island of Montréal who are keenly interested in the development of their neighbourhood. © Nima Fazilat
Montréal, Quebec, 16 June 2014 (CBNS)

A small group of West Island, Montréal youth, the core of which was formed last summer during a conference, is excitedly preparing to have a similar experience this summer.

Youth who participated in the 2013 Toronto Conference devised plans on how they can serve their communities. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Montréal, Quebec, 9 June 2014 (CBNS)

A series of 14 videos describing what participants learned at three youth conferences held last summer in Canada has been posted on the Building Community website.

One hundred and fourteen such conferences were called worldwide by the Universal House of Justice, the world governing body of the Baha'i community. Three of them were held in Canada: Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Marion Jack. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 2 June 2014 (CBNS)

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.

The Shrine of Baha'u'llah. © Laura Mostmand
Toronto, Ontario, 26 May 2014 (CBNS)

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.

The Shrine of the Bab. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 20 May 2014 (CBNS)

On May 23rd, Baha’i communities across Canada and around the world will celebrate a Holy Day commemorating what Baha’is call “the Declaration of the Bab.”

A large photo of the seven former Baha'i leaders signed by influential Iranian personalities, human rights activists, journalists, and a prominent religious leader gathered this week in Tehran to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha'i leaders. More details on the gathering here. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 16 May 2014 (CBNS)

“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.

Ambassador Andrew Bennett. © DFATD
Ottawa, Ontario, 14 May 2014 (CBNS)

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.