Baha’i Representative Appointed to Canada’s External Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom

Members of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) for Religious Freedom . © DFATD Toronto, Ontario, 24 July 2015 (CBNS) — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently announced the establishment of an External Advisory Committee on religious freedom. The committee is comprised of 23 members from a variety of Canadian faith and belief communities, including the Director of Government Relations for the Baha’i Community of Canada, Corinne Box.

Association for Baha’i Studies’ 39th Annual Conference

Dr. Nazila Ghanea, H.M Balyuzi Lecturer for 2015 . © Toronto, Ontario, 21 July 2015 (CBNS) — The 39th annual North American conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies, entitled “Advancing the Life of the Mind” is scheduled to take place this August 6th to 9th in Orange County, California.

The 33rd H.M Balyuzi Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Nazila Ghanea, Associate Professor of International and Human Rights law at the University of Oxford. Her presentation is titled: “Striving for Human rights in an Age of Religious Extremism.” The conference will be attended by Mr. Shahriar Razavi, member of the Universal House of Justice, speaking on “Baha’i Participation in the Public Sphere: Considerations Related to History, Concepts and Approaches.”

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Báb

The shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israël. © Aaron Morgulis Toronto, Ontario, 7 July 2015 (CBNS) — This year July 10th marks the 165th anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb-- the first of the twin Prophet figures of the Bahá’í Faith. For the Bahá’í community the Martyrdom of the Báb is a holy day commemorated annually by Bahá’ís across Canada, and the world over.

The title the “Báb” translates literally from Arabic to the “Gate” -- a symbol denoting the means through which humankind comes into relation with the Divine, and humankind's entry into a new era of spiritual, social, moral, and scientific enlightenment. The Báb, whose given name was “Siyyid-Ali Muhammad” was born in 1819 in the City of Shiraz, Iran. Raised by His maternal uncle, the Báb was a merchant of textiles. As a child the Báb was distinguished among His peers for the acuity of His mind, the temperance of His character, and His outstanding piety and devotion.

Baha’is of Canada Honour the Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Still from 'The Path Home' a film commissioned by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada to honour those who have contributed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. © Illumine Media Toronto, Ontario, 2 July 2015 (CBNS) — The National Spiritual Assembly, the Baha’i Community of Canada’s national governing council, hosted a special dinner, film and talking circle to honour the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on Thursday 28 May just prior to the Closing Events of the Commission which took place in Ottawa, May 31 to June 3.

“We are here to honour the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which is seeking justice on behalf of all of us,” said Deloria Bighorn, Chair of the National Assembly and MC of the evening’s program. “Seeking justice and truth for a residential school survivor is also seeking justice and truth for all our children and grandchildren.”

Baha'is celebrate the declaration of the Bab

The shrine of the Bab at night in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community Toronto, Ontario, 22 May 2015 (CBNS) — On May 24th, Baha’i communities in Canada and around the world celebrate a holy day commemorating the very beginning of the Baha’i Faith, a day known to Baha’is as the Declaration of the Báb.

The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission of two divine messengers, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. The Báb was the Herald who prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.