200th Anniversary and Twin Birthdays Events

Event locations and dates and programs are coming together for commemorations on Oct 21st nd Oct 22nd.   See: 2017 - A Special Year for details.

Third Talk in the Series - Sept 22nd  - All are Welcome

Invitation to a public presentation by Dr. Iain MacNeil

Date: Friday, September 22, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Location: Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Room 1011 (Main Floor)
6100 University Avenue, Halifax
All are welcome. No Admission Fee. Light refreshments.
In our search for life’s meaning and ultimate purpose, those on a spiritual journey or the pursuit of an understanding of reality and truth will appreciate Dr. MacNeil’s exploration of religion and spirituality in its truest sense highlighting the unity, beauty and harmony in all things.  This event provides highlights of Dr. MacNeil’s interest in science, spirituality, interfaith dialogue and reconciliation as presented in his 60-hour course on “Spirituality and Religion in the World Today”.  Dr. MacNeil is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School and has been practicing family medicine for the past 28 years.  He has been a member of the Baha’i Faith for 19 years.  His talk and slide show will be following by a question and answer period and light refreshments. 

Halifax Rumi Ensemble Concert
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
Friday, Sept 1st, 7pm.    Tickets:  $25

Second Talk in the Series - August 24th  - All are Welcome



The word “prosperity” generally conjures up visions of material well-being. But is that really all there is to it? Surely, a truly prosperous civilization is based on principles of unity, justice and equality. And surely, in a truly prosperous civilization, access to knowledge is a universally enjoyed human right that enables the world to benefit from the full cultivation of human potential.

Acting on convictions such as these, the worldwide Bahá’í community has been striving systematically to learn about building capacity in peoples from every corner of the earth, every ethnic background and all strata of society to equip them to contribute to the building of a better world.

Join us for this thought-provoking talk by Dr. Ann Boyles, followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. 

All are welcome to attend a public talk by Dr. Ann Boyles, Doctorate of English Literature and member of the Bahá’í community of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. 

When: Thursday, August 24, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:15 pm)
Location: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Room 301
(Free parking outside behind the library after 6:00 pm)

New Book on Tahirih

The Calling by Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman describes Tahirih (Qurrat al-‘Ayn), the trailblazing female nineteenth century Iranian poet, theologian and religious-revolutionary leader in a fresh, new manner, juxtaposing and interweaving her life and work with that of her American contemporaries--Mother Ann Lee, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Olympia Brown, Ellen White and Mary Baker Eddy--women whose existence she was probably not aware of, but who shared with her a spiritual bond and vision of progress and justice. In 1852 she was executed by a state fearful of her message. Her last words were “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women.”

More information:   http://www.tahirihthepureone.com/


Association for Baha'i Studies

The Association for Baha’i Studies—North America is holding its 41st annual conference in Anaheim, California, from August 10-13, 2017.

A number of themes will be explored at the conference this year, including race unity and the challenge of inequality. The conference is also being held during the year of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, an occasion for celebration and reflection on the implications of his teachings for many fields of human endeavour.



The Association for Bahá’í Studies was founded in Canada, in 1975, to promote the advanced study of the Bahá’í Faith and its application to the needs of humanity. Soon afterward, the Association expanded to serve North America.

The Association for Bahá’í Studies–North America now engages participants across Canada and the United States. It holds an annual conference and sponsors seminars and symposia. It publishes a peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, occasional books and monographs, as well as other publications. It is also engaged in a number of initiatives to advance Bahá’í studies among students and young adults and to stimulate broader interest in Bahá’í studies.   Info:  http://bahai-studies.ca/


The 2017 CBC Massey Lectures are an essential analysis of the major human rights struggles of our times by internationally renowned human rights lawyer and former UN prosecutor Payam Akhavan. 

A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, are a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times. In February of 2017, Amnesty International released their Annual Report for 2016 to 2017, concluding that the “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights the world over. Renowned UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan has encountered the grim realities of contemporary genocide throughout his life and career. He argues that deceptive utopias, political cynicism, and public apathy have given rise to major human rights abuses: from the religious persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís that shaped his personal life, to the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the rise of contemporary phenomena such as the Islamic State. But he also reflects on the inspiring resilience of the human spirit and the reality of our inextricable interdependence to liberate us, whether from hateful ideologies that deny the humanity of others or an empty consumerist culture that worships greed and self-indulgence. A timely, essential, and passionate work of memoir and history, In Search of a Better World is a tour de force by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer.


PAYAM AKHAVAN is a Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. He has served with the UN in conflict zones around the world, including Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, and as legal counsel in landmark cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Supreme Courts of Canada and the United States. Born in Tehran, Iran, Payam Akhavan migrated to Canada with his family in his childhood.


5 Cities Massey Lectures Tour

Lecture one: The Knowledge of Suffering – September 13 Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
Lecture two: The Pursuit of Global Justice – September 15 York Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Lecture three: The Will to Intervene – September 19 Centaur Theatre, Montreal, QC
Lecture four: The Oneness of Humankind – September 22 Cook Hall, Memorial University, St John’s, NL
Lecture five: The Spirit of Human Rights – October 4 Koerner Hall Toronto, ON

[ WATCH FOR CBC COVERAGE OF THE LECTURES - Usually on CBC Ideas.  See: http://www.masseycollege.ca/massey-lectures-2/ for updates and details. }


As Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, we have always relied on the Spirit to guide us toward a peaceful, harmonious life, and a close and sacred relationship with the land.

With the myriad of challenges facing humanity - climate change, violence and war, mental health and addiction crises, the ongoing marginalization and poverty among First Peoples - we need more than our sharpest minds to solve the problems before us. We need the Spirit.

As First Peoples of this land, Indigenous Elders invite citizens of all religious and spiritual traditions to come together for a National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness and to pray together in solidarity and unity.

The Day of Prayer begins on August 6th at 9 am at the East Coast of Canada and follows the path of the sun traveling from East to West. Please join us with your moment of prayer, ceremony or mindfulness at 9 am local time in your region.

Stand with us and pray with us!

Public Talks Halifax - All are Invited

All are warmly invited to a series of Monthly Talks on societal issues.  They will take place in Halifax at the Central Library and other locations.

July 27th       - Towards Social Transformation, Video "The Baha'is" and Q&A, 6:30pm, Halifax Central Library , Room 301
Aug. 24th      - True Prosperity (speaker Dr. Ann Boyles),  6:30pm, Halifax Central Library, Room 301, Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Sept. 21st     - Details to be announced
October        - Details to be announced