A rousing conclusion to the Montréal and Calgary youth conferences

Montreal conference participants sharing an artistic presentation. © Lorraine Goh Montréal, Quebec, 31 July 2014 (CBNS) — Hundreds of youth gathered from 25 to 27 July in Montréal and Calgary to participate in two of the ten regional youth conferences to be held in Canada this summer, convened by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, their national governing council.

The role of youth in society, mutual support, and true friendship were among the themes of the discussions. Some of the participants had the opportunity to examine those themes for a second consecutive year, since they had participated in one of the 114 conferences held around the world last year, under the direction of the Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of Baha’is. Three of those conferences were held in Canada — in Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Siegfried Schopflocher (1877 – 1953)

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.

Siegfried Schopflocher. © Baha'i Community of Canada Toronto, Ontario, 24 July 2014 (CBNS) — Siegfried (Fred) Schopflocher was born in Germany in 1877. He was brought up in an orthodox Jewish family but, after leaving school, became attracted to agnosticism and searched for a more universal expression of religion. Years later, after having permanently established himself in business in Canada, Mr. Schopflocher heard of the Baha’i Faith and, shortly thereafter, became a Baha’i.

Youth Conferences held in Halifax, Saskatoon and Victoria

A small group from south of “The Malahat,” B.C. studies together outside. © Anne Murray Toronto, Ontario, 17 July 2014 (CBNS) — Over the weekend of 11–13 July, the Bahá’í communities of Halifax, Saskatoon and Victoria hosted youth conferences to welcome more youth into a process that provides people of all ages with the opportunity to contribute to constructive social change and to build their capacity to serve their communities.

Baha’is commemorate martyrdom of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah

The Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel. © Baha'i International Community Toronto, Ontario, 10 July 2014 (CBNS) — On July 9, members of the Baha’i Faith along with their friends and families commemorated the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab. As one of the two founders of the Baha’i Faith, the events of the Bab’s life, whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic, are of special significance to Baha’is.

Angus Cowan (1914 – 1986)

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.

Angus Cowan. © Baha'i Community of Canada Toronto, Ontario, 30 June 2014 (CBNS) — Angus Cowan played a pivotal role in introducing the Baha’i Faith to Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. He shared the teachings of Baha’u’llah while traveling in Western Canada, and later served as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for the Americas, an advisory board that assists national communities in their development.