Winter 2019 issue of Bahá’í Canada

Posted: 2019/03/22

When the National Spiritual Assembly, in its 6 April 2018 message to the Bahá’ís of Canada, asked, “what time can you consecrate— daily, weekly, monthly — to the teaching work?” the friends took stock. Since the release of that encouraging letter, there has been a surge of growth across the country as people have taken up the call to press onward and to find whatever ways they can to contribute to the advancement of the Cause.

This issue of Bahá’í Canada focuses on how we have arisen to meet the needs of the Plan. Our feature article, Responding to the call, shares the stories of a number of individuals who each responded in creative ways, often having to overcome tests in order to meet the needs of their community.

We can also see this in the story of a family choosing to pioneer to a milestone one cluster after reading the 29 December 2015 message from the Universal House of Justice. And in the reflections of a “granimator” who believed so strongly in the power of the junior youth spiritual empowerment programme that she allowed nothing to stop her from starting a group in her home.

The need to respond to the longing in one’s heart to serve the Cause has existed since the most embryonic days of the Faith. In the From the History section of this magazine, we follow the footsteps of Mullá Husayn, Quddús and Táhirih in their search for the Beloved of their hearts: the Báb. As we move ever-closer to the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb, their compelling journeys remind us of what it means to dedicate all that we can to the Faith we hold so dear.

We can also see how to bring the love of the first believers into the modern day by giving that same devotion to the Universal House of Justice. During his talks in Western Canada, former member of the Universal House of Justice Dr. Javaheri explained how that love will spur us to greater heights as we strive ever-onward toward the New World Order promised by Bahá’u’lláh.

We hope this issue of Bahá’í Canada helps to share some of the ways we are all striving to meet the needs of today as well as about the strength that comes when we gather together in unity under the guidance of our beloved institutions. We look forward to continuing to hear – and share – your encouraging stories as we move into the coming year.

— Bahá’í Canada Committee

Winter 2019