Toronto hosts 38th Association for Baha’i Studies Conference

Conference participants. © Association for Baha'i Studies Toronto, Ontario, 25 August 2014 (CBNS) — The 38th annual Association for Baha’i Studies – North America conference (ABS), entitled “Scholarship and the Life of Society,” focused on scholarship and its potential to contribute to the life of society.

Lisa Dufraimont, Conference Program Co-Chair, said during the first evening of the conference that the ABS seeks to stimulate scholarship, and that the ultimate purpose of scholarship is to develop knowledge conducive to the development of the life of society.

Quebec Baha’i Summer School participants reflect on the meaning of service

Participants of the 2014 Quebec Summer School.
© Jean-Paul Moss
St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, 21 August 2014 (CBNS) — More than 150 people from all parts of the province gathered at Camp Papillon in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Lanaudière Region, to attend the Quebec summer school, which took place 13 to 17 August.

Interreligious Youth Pre-forum creates new space for faith and social action

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.

Youth reflect on ways to bring about constructive social change

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:

Demolition of Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran resumes – Canadian deplores potential destruction of relatives’ graves

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.”