MUSICAL DRAMA PREMIERES IN HONOUR OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BAHA’U’LLAH (VICTORIA, 22 September 2017) –The Gathering, a musical drama directed by Victoria resident Laura Lee, premieres this October 20 & 21 at the Glenlyon Norfolk School Theatre. Commissioned by the Baha’i Community of Victoria, it is one of thousands of celebrations being held at the grassroots level across Canada and the globe on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith. Drawing inspiration from a......
Originally posted at http://news.bahai.org/story/1171/. OTTAWA, Canada — As the people of Canada prepare to celebrate 150 years since the confederation of their country, there has been a wide-ranging national conversation about the past, present, and future of relations between its diverse citizens. One aspect of this discussion has been the changing role of religion and spirituality in society in the context of increasing religious and ethnic diversity and a resurgence of Indigenous culture and ways of life. Over the last several years, the Baha’i community has spearheaded an initiative to......
Dearest friends, You’re warmly invited to attend the Workshop: You & Me +3: Science, Spirituality & Relationships, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, SUNDAY, FEB 12, at Cook St. Activity Centre, 380 Cook St. This is a great opportunity to explore the connection between these themes in a professional environment infused with humour, wisdom and a Baha’i perspective. We’re very happy to have two wonderful facilitators, clinical counsellor Dana Simard and education consultant Michael Simard. Please note the change of date, which was given as Feb. 11 in a previous email.......
Dear friends, The 2nd in the current series of Building the Future talks will be on Saturday evening, November 5th with Deloria Bighorn, who will present the 30-minute film, The Path Home: Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation. We’re honoured to have Deloria, a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada, as our speaker. Deloria is passionate about the message of this film, commissioned by the National Spiritual Assembly to honour the work of those who contributed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At its release in Ottawa, she said in......
SANTIAGO — A surge of excitement and anticipation is palpable among the Baha’i community in Santiago and abroad as the inauguration of the last of the continental Baha’i Houses of Worship approaches. The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, is expected to attend the opening ceremony with other dignitaries. Growing media coverage has brought attention to the significance of this landmark, and recent articles (see here and here for examples) have highlighted the uniqueness of this sacred structure. Like all Baha’i Temples, its nine-sided design stands as a unifying symbol......
The first in the new Building the Future series of public talks will be on Saturday, August 27th by visiting speaker Nava Bastani Sarracino. Nava is an actress and storyteller of Iranian Bahá’í heritage, who’s made her home in Anchorage, Alaska. We’re very happy to announce that while in Victoria she will present the story of Tahirih in a 30 minute talk followed by a 30 minute dramatic presentation. Nava has been hailed as a tour-de-force for her one-woman performance of “The Syringa Tree”. Her current piece, “The Child Behind......
Nava Sarracino is an actress and storyteller of Iranian Bahá’í heritage, who’s made her home in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s been hailed as a tour-de-force for her one-woman performances, seamlessly weaving in and out of multiple characters. Many communities throughout the world have enthusiastically received her performance of “Tahirih”, a short dramatic piece on a brilliant 19th century Iranian poet who gave her life for women’s rights. Nava has been invited to perform at this year’s Intrepid Theatre Festival. She has generously offered to give her “Tahirih” performance while here in Victoria. The event is......