Toronto to host the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies

A session at last year's conference in Irvine, Calfornia. © Association for Baha'i Studies Toronto, Ontario, 22 April 2014 (CBNS) — The 38th annual conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies will take place in Toronto, Ontario, 7–10 August 2014. Titled “Scholarship and the Life of Society,” the conference will focus on scholarship and its potential to contribute to the life of society.

“Th[e] culture of learning is evident within the field of Baha’i scholarship,” asserts the conference statement. “Those engaged in Baha’i scholarship represent every field of knowledge, every profession, and all areas of the arts and sciences. While their methods and approaches vary widely, they are united in striving to gain a deeper understanding of the Baha’i teachings and the implications they hold for the issues and challenges facing the wider society.”

Baha’i communities celebrate the most important Baha’i Holy Day

Shrine of Baha'u'llah. © Baha'i International Community Toronto, Ontario, 14 April 2014 (CBNS) — On 21 April, Baha’is across Canada will celebrate the first day of the Festival of Ridvan — also known as “the King of Festivals” — the most important of the Baha’i holy days. Lasting for twelve days, the festival commemorates the public announcement by Baha’u’llah in 1863 that He was a Messenger of God. Baha’u’llah is the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In an unprecedented symbolic act senior cleric calls for religious co-existence in Iran

Members Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani perfecting an illuminated work of calligraphy. The words used in this piece are from the writings of Baha’u’llah. New York, 7 April 2014 (BWNS) — In a symbolic and unprecedented move, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent Muslim cleric in Iran announced today that he has gifted to the Baha’is of the world an illuminated work of calligraphy of a paragraph from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois (1856 – 1930)

This article is part of a series on a few historical figures in the Canadian Baha’i Community who were instrumental in the establishment and growth of the community in Canada. Over the course of this year, the Canadian Baha’i News Service will be posting one biography every month.

Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois. Photo: Courtesy of the Baha’is of the United States Montréal, Quebec, 7 April 2014 (CBNS) — Louis Bourgeois designed the first Baha’i House of Worship in the West, located on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago. It is now one of the protected historical sites in the United States, a building of extraordinary beauty and fascinating detail.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final National Event concludes in Edmonton

Members of the Baha'i Community of Canada Sama Imamverdi, Allison Healy, Leva Ikhbali, beside art depicting the residential school experience, by Mel Dacheagea, Doig River First Nation. © Pat Verge Edmonton, Alberta, 1 April 2014 (CBNS) — Baha’is from Alberta and elsewhere joined their Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal neighbours in Edmonton March 27–30 for the final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). They attended the event to listen, learn, bear witness, show solidarity, and reflect on ways to contribute to reconciliation.