Bahá’í Community of Toronto

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The Spiritual Assembly of Toronto

Every religious community needs a source it can turn to for guidance and encouragement. In Toronto, Bahá’ís turn to their Spiritual Assembly, a nine-member body that is elected by the community every year. The second Spiritual Assembly of Toronto to be elected, in 1939. The Local Spiritual Assembly guides the community in its development. Like any other administrative body in the Bahá’í Faith, the Assembly closely monitors the current state of the community, seeks input...

Serving the next generation

Tending to the spiritual education of children and young teenagers is an especial preoccupation of Toronto Bahá’ís and their peers, and has been for some time. Groups of friends, many of them young adults, have been trying to learn for years now how to channel the energies and innate curiosity of children and young teens towards the betterment of the community. One segment of a four-part documentary film captures this process of community-building in a...

Bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’ís celebrate the birth of Bahá’u’lláh every year, but 2017 holds special significance because the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith was born exactly 200 years ago. Toronto Bahá’ís and their friends have been exerting extra effort for many months to honour the birth of this 19th-century figure whose divine teachings of unity and justice have inspired millions around the globe. The entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, in ‘Akka, Israel Groups of friends in pockets...

Who is Bahá’u’lláh?

Bahá’u’lláh was born in 1817 into an aristocratic family in Persia. Early in His life, He rejected the fortunes that awaited Him, stating, “I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God…” In 1863, He declared that He had a new, divinely inspired message, one that would lay the foundation of prosperity for mankind. This foundation was gradually...

The urge to make a difference

“I was sitting on the couch… about to watch my favorite movie. Then I heard the knocking on the door.” These are the words of 21-year-old Tristan, who has recently began assisting with a junior youth group in Rowntree, a neighbourhood in Toronto close to Kipling and Finch Avenue. When two people approached him and asked if he’d be interested in assisting with the program, he had some reservations. “At first, I saw them as...

Integration of newcomer youth in society

The period of youth is a critical time in the life of an individual, during which one is undergoing tremendous change and taking on more responsibility. Many youth in Canada experience this stage of life as newcomers to this country. Young newcomers, in addition to the challenges faced by other youth, have the added task of learning the ways of a new country and culture. Individual Canadians, communities and social institutions have responsibilities to support...

A space to study, reflect and consult

The process of building a community into a vibrant, spiritually enriched environment requires multiple spaces in which residents can study together and contribute their ideas and experience. One such space offered by Bahá’ís to the residents of Toronto is a reflection meeting. A reflection meeting is an opportunity for a group of people in a small geographic area to discuss the progress of the community-building activities that Bahá’ís and their friends have initiated, form a...