Montreal to Host 40th Annual Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

Dr. Farzam Arbab will deliver the Balyuzi Lecture © Baha`i International Community Montreal, Quebec, 30 June 2016 (CBNS) — The 40th Association for Bahá’í Studies conference will take place in Montreal, QC from August 11-14.

The annual conference is a space where participants can critically reflect on their professions and fields of interest in relation to Bahá’í thought and teachings. The conference will “develop [the] capacity to examine the ideas, concepts, and theories operating within the scholarly and professional disciplines, and to contribute to the development of a growing body of knowledge associated with Bahá’í thought,” this year’s conference statement said.

New campaign launched on behalf of seven imprisoned Iranian Baha’i leaders

Enough! campaign logo. © Baha'i International Community New York, 29 April 2016 (CBNS) —

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.

National TV Program on the Baha’i Faith

A children’s class featured in the film “The Baha’is”. © Westwind Pictures Toronto, Ontario, 9 May 2016 (CBNS) — VisionTV will broadcast an introductory documentary on the Baha’i Faith on May 23rd at 9pm EST. Titled “The Baha’is”, the one-hour film illustrates the impact of the Baha’i Faith on the lives of several Baha’is across Canada. The documentary explores some of the fundamental Baha’i teachings, summarizes the history of the Baha’i Faith, and interviews several Baha’is from across Canada. They talk about how their efforts to study and put into practice Baha’i teachings are helping them address some of the most relevant challenges, both in their own lives and in their efforts to contribute to the well-being of their communities.

Baha’is Hold Their National Convention

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada, elected at the convention. Calgary, 26 April 2016 (CBNS) — 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.

Faith Communities Committed to Reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous Peoples

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation. © CIC Toronto, Ontario, 29 March 2016 (CBNS) —

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.