New layout of the site.
Toronto, Ontario, 9 May 2014 (CBNS)

The Canadian Baha’i Distribution Service has announced the launch of its redesigned website:

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.

Mona Mahmudnizhad is one of ten Baha’i women buried in the Shiraz cemetery. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 7 May 2014 (CBNS)

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. © Jack Bastow
Toronto, Ontario, 5 May 2014 (CBNS)

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.

The members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada elected in April 2014 to serve for a period of one year. © Laura Mostmand
Toronto, Ontario, 28 April 2014 (CBNS)

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.

A session at last year's conference in Irvine, Calfornia. © Association for Baha'i Studies
Toronto, Ontario, 22 April 2014 (CBNS)

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.

Shrine of Baha'u'llah. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 14 April 2014 (CBNS)

On 21 April, Baha’is across Canada will celebrate the first day of the Festival of Ridvan — also known as “the King of Festivals” — the most important of the Baha’i holy days. Lasting for twelve days, the festival commemorates the public announcement by Baha’u’llah in 1863 that He was a Messenger of God. Baha’u’llah is the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Members Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani perfecting an illuminated work of calligraphy. The words used in this piece are from the writings of Baha’u’llah.
New York, 7 April 2014 (BWNS)

In a symbolic and unprecedented move, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent Muslim cleric in Iran announced today that he has gifted to the Baha’is of the world an illuminated work of calligraphy of a paragraph from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

This move comes in the wake of several recent statements by religious scholars in the Muslim world who have set out alternative interpretations of the teachings of Islam in which tolerance of every religion is, in fact, upheld by the holy Qur’an.

Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois. Photo: Courtesy of the Baha’is of the United States
Montréal, Quebec, 7 April 2014 (CBNS)

Louis Bourgeois designed the first Baha’i House of Worship in the West, located on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago. It is now one of the protected historical sites in the United States, a building of extraordinary beauty and fascinating detail.

Members of the Baha'i Community of Canada Sama Imamverdi, Allison Healy, Leva Ikhbali, beside art depicting the residential school experience, by Mel Dacheagea, Doig River First Nation. © Pat Verge
Edmonton, Alberta, 1 April 2014 (CBNS)

Baha’is from Alberta and elsewhere joined their Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal neighbours in Edmonton March 27–30 for the final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). They attended the event to listen, learn, bear witness, show solidarity, and reflect on ways to contribute to reconciliation.

Dr. Ross Woodman. © Baha'i Community of Canada
London, Ontario, 27 March 2014 (CBNS)

Ross Woodman, Professor Emeritus at Western University in London, Ontario, passed away this week at the age of 91. He was a member of the first National Spiritual Assembly, the governing council of the Baha’i Community of Canada, elected in 1948.