Vancouver conference aims to reframe religion and secularism in Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson speaks on the plenary panel with moderator Bruce Clemenger, President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk, former director of interdisciplinary programs at Simon Fraser University and Prof. James Christie, University of Winnipeg. © Alistair Eagle
Toronto, 6 April 2015 (CBNS) — “We need to move beyond the binary of religious versus secular, public versus private, faith versus reason, and concentrate instead on working together for the good of our whole society.”

With those remarks, the Rev Dr Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, launched “Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide,” a conference hosted by The Laurier Institution at the University of British Columbia, from March 22-24, 2015. A national steering group representing organizations from a cross-section of Canadian civil society, including the Baha’i Community of Canada, planned the conference. Approximately 140 people participated.

Canada responds to film on the perseverance and persecution of Baha’is in Iran

Poster showing the Azadi Tower in Tehran designed by Baha’i Hossein Amanat who would today be refused access to university

2 March 2015 (CBNS) — Many of more than 90 communities across Canada screened the film “To Light a Candle” on Friday as part of the campaign “Education Is Not a Crime” ( launched on 27 February by Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Other communities will be screening the film over the coming days.

Canadian Communities Active in Worldwide Campaign “Education Is Not a Crime”

Poster for Maziar Bahari's 'To Light a Candle' film. © Education is not a Crime Toronto, 8 February 2015 (CBNS) — More than 85 Canadian communities will screen Maziar Bahari’s film “To Light a Candle” as part of a global campaign condemning the denial of the right of Baha’is to higher education in Iran.

The campaign, titled “Education Is Not a Crime”, begins with a global day of action on February 27. The campaign and the film document the peaceful response of the Baha’is of Iran to 35 years of unrelenting persecution, highlighting the story of informal arrangements by which Baha’is organized university classes in order to overcome the violation of their education rights by the Iranian regime.

"Education is Not a Crime" gains momentum

The website for the Education is Not a Crime campaign contains statments of support from prominent Iranians and human rights activists, as well as videos uploaded by individuals from around the world. © Baha'i International Community LOS ANGELES, 8 February 2015 — Education is Not a Crime, a worldwide campaign drawing attention to the constructive response of the Baha'i community to the Iranian government's systematic denial of university education to young Baha'is, is gaining momentum as it nears its global day of action, 27 February.

New international website of the Baha'i community launched

The landing page for the "What Baha'is Do" section of the new website. © Baha'i International Community HAIFA, 18 January 2015 (BWNS) —
The website of the worldwide Baha'i community at has been launched in a new version, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Baha'i Faith and presents the experience of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are striving to contribute to the betterment of society.

The revised site highlights two broad sections – "What Baha'is Believe" and "What Baha'is Do" – and features a new presentation of the Baha'i Reference Library.