Youth delegates at the Interreligious Youth Preforum, Kaub, Germany. © Joe Matta
Toronto, Ontario, 19 August 2014 (CBNS)

From the 13th to the 16th of July, 19 youth delegates from around the world, with experience in grassroots social action, gathered in the picturesque town of Kaub, Germany to attend the Interreligious Youth Pre-forum (IYF). Over the course of six days, participants representing 18 different countries and six of the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Baha’i Faith, consulted about faith expressed in social action and how collaboration between faith groups can further the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

A group photo of Montréal conference facilitators and participants. © Lorraine Goh
Montréal, Quebec, 15 August 2014 (CBNS)

A series of videos, in which participants at a July youth conference held in Montréal share their reflections, is now available on the Building Community website:

Plans to build a sports and cultural complex over a Baha’i cemetery have resumed with concrete being poured into the site where the graves of Baha’is were excavated in order to lay the building foundation. Demolition of the cemetery, which began in late April, had temporarily stopped after the international media reported on the desecration and other governments expressed concern. © Baha'i International Community
Toronto, Ontario, 11 August 2014 (CBNS)

“Paralyzed and devastated” were the two emotions most keenly felt by Sasha Eskandarian, member of the Baha’i Faith and resident of Mississauga, upon learning that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have resumed their demolition of a historic Baha’i cemetery in her home town of Shiraz, Iran. “All my relatives are from Shiraz, both of my parents and close friends. All of my deceased relatives and even my younger brother, who died before I was born, are buried there.”

Montreal conference participants sharing an artistic presentation. © Lorraine Goh
Montréal, Quebec, 31 July 2014 (CBNS)

Hundreds of youth gathered from 25 to 27 July in Montréal and Calgary to participate in two of the ten regional youth conferences to be held in Canada this summer, convened by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, their national governing council.

Siegfried Schopflocher. © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 24 July 2014 (CBNS)

Siegfried (Fred) Schopflocher was born in Germany in 1877. He was brought up in an orthodox Jewish family but, after leaving school, became attracted to agnosticism and searched for a more universal expression of religion. Years later, after having permanently established himself in business in Canada, Mr. Schopflocher heard of the Baha’i Faith and, shortly thereafter, became a Baha’i.

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.