Ridvan Picnic

May 2nd was our community's Ridvan celebration, held in Port Royal Park. It was a beautiful sunny day, with about 50-60 people, including children, in attendance.  A tent was put up and the picnic shelter was decorated with colourful pieces of fabric.

The program was short and simple: the group learnt a song and sang together, and then the story of the Ridvan Festival was shared with the children. People stayed for hours, sitting in camping chairs or on the grass, socializing and soaking in the sun.

Ridvan means “Paradise” and is a twelve-day festival in the Baha’i Faith which celebrates the time when its founder Baha’u’llah announced His station as a Messenger of God.  To Baha’i’s it is the King of Festivals.

Happy Ridvan everybody!







Annual General Meeting and Election of the New Assembly

The New Westminster Baha’i community held its Annual General Meeting this April 20th and elected the new Local Spiritual Assembly. After prayers and devotional music, members of the community took the time to fill out and hand in their ballots. 


Baha’i elections are performed by secret ballot, with no campaigning or nominations.  Each voter makes their decision privately, choosing nine adults in the community who they believe best, “combine the necessary qualities of unquestioned loyalty, of selfless devotion, of a well-trained mind, of recognized ability and mature experience.” (Shogi Effendi, Baha’i Administration)


While the ballots were tallied, the annual report was read, celebrating the year’s achievements.  Finally the nine members of this year’s LSA were announced. 

The new Ridvan Message, an annual address to Baha’i’s around the world by the Universal House of Justice, the Faith’s supreme administrative body, was also read.  The message can be read online here.  Plans to form study groups for the new message are underway. 


Thank you to everyone who participated and made the meeting a success!



Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of New Westminster (Elected April 21st, 2015)

Youth Conferences across Canada

The 2014 youth conferences being held in Canada this summer, including Vancouver, are inspired by a series of youth conferences held last year.  These conferences are intimately tied to planning for service to the communities in which youth live and serve in for the following year and creating immediate plans of action in order to create stronger bonds of friendship in the community. 

Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity

The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) is dedicated to building capacity in individuals, groups and institutions to contribute to prevalent discourses concerned with the betterment of society. There is an Undergraduate program which spans 4 years which took place in August and discusses different discourses in society ranging from media to science and religion as two complementary systems of knowledge and practice. Principles, concepts and approaches that are relevant to the advancement of civilization are explored through a process of study, reflection and consultation.  

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

The Baha'i's of New Westminster celebrated the occasion with people of various faiths and backgrounds. The event was uplifting and the spirit of

unity provided a glimpse into the potential of Canada.


National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada meets with Vancouver area Baha'is

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada met with the Baha'is of the greater Vancouver area at the Vancouver Baha’i Centre on December 3. Baha'is from all over the lower mainland made suggestions, discussed the growth of the Baha'i community and learned about the progress of the faith from around the country. The human rights abuses of the Iranian Baha'i community in Iran was also covered in detail as was the international outrage at these actions including a statement by Canadian Senator Dallaire on what he called "warning signs" in Iran's treatment of Baha'is.

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“Let your vision be world embracing…” - Bahá’u’lláh

Browse the Baha'i Writings

Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.


Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion.

Bahá'u'lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.

Founded more than a century and a half ago, the Bahá'í Faith has spread around the globe. Members of the Bahá'í Faith live in more than 100,000 localities and come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background.

Bahá'ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh. 

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