The Pre-Holiday Food Drive Was a Great Success!

“Just as a candle’s purpose is to provide light, the human soul was created to give generously. We fulfil our highest purpose in a life of service, in which we offer our time, energy, knowledge, and financial resources.”

Bahá’í teachings on a life of generous giving

Food scarcity is a serious problem across the country, and around the world, and the various food networks are doing their best to provide for those who are either unemployed or seriously underemployed during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this December, the Bahá’ís of Aurora sought to engage as many folks as possible in its latest project. Volunteers coordinated the collection of non-perishable foods from donors across the Aurora region and dropped them off at the Aurora Food Pantry on Saturday, December 12th, in time for the holidays.

To involve the very young in this worthwhile service, the brown bags were painted by the Children’s groups before they were distributed to friends and neighbours.

To volunteer in future projects, please reach out to socialaction25@gmail.com.

Garbage Clean-Up!

Trails in Aurora have helped locals stay active and keep positive during a time of great restrictions. So, the members of the Baha’i community organized a neighbourhood-centred activity for volunteers to gather across different neighbourhoods and parks to collect trash and articles left by other users. On Saturday, October 3rd, volunteers walked along planned routes and filled up bags that were provided by the Town of Aurora. While maintaining social distancing, many passerbys applauded their actions and announced they will do the same on their paths. To join us next time, click here.

Twin Holy Birthdays

When: Sunday, October 18th at 6:00pm
Where: Zoom link will be provided via email

This event is open to the public. Please introduce yourself to us and your invitation (Zoom link) will be emailed shortly.

The Twin Holy Birthdays refers to two successive holy days in the Baháʼí calendar that celebrate the births of two central figures of the Baháʼí Faith. The Baháʼí Community of Aurora will be celebrating this event live with the public. All visitors are encouraged to say prayers, chant songs, or simply sit back with a hot drink and enjoy the online program organized by our Holy Day Committee.

RSVP here

Backpacks Project

Building a positive community starts with the first day of school and no child should be left behind.

The Bahá’ís of Aurora organized a donation event asking families to contribute fun-filled backpacks for children of all ages returning to classes this fall. We received over 35 backpacks of all sizes and colours that were distributed to local shelters in York Region.

The community’s open-hearted response is emblematic of a new era of philanthropy. Children and parents discussed the value of giving during a pandemic and acted together to make someone’s back to school experience more enjoyable.

For collaborations with the Bahá’ís of Aurora, click here.

Children’s Festival

We all know that disasters happen all the time, whether it be bushfires or explosions, but usually they don’t hit so close to home. In the face of Covid-19, we are seeing incredible responses from our community.

On Sunday, August 16th, the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program hosted a Children’s Festival for the community and children of ages 4-10 at the Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket. The service project included mask making and drawing up posters to thank all frontline-workers.

This ingenious event highlights the role of children as catalysts of resilient communities during times of crisis and uncertainty. A dozen children from the Aurora and Newmarket region enthusiastically participated in this activity. They were all able to go home with the feeling of accomplishment after creating their own masks using washable fabrics, and a stronger sense of sustainable actions.

Community involvement fosters generosity and other virtues in children. If you are interested in enrolling someone in the Junior Youth program, click here.  

Tree Dedication Ceremony

On Sunday, August 16th, the Bahá’i Community of Aurora dedicated a tree in honour of the Bicentenary of the birth of the Báb (the forerunner of the Baha’i faith) .  The tree is located at Hickson Park in Aurora. Situated in front of the tree, there is a plaque (photographed below) citing a memorable quote by the Báb, “Is there any remover of difficulties, save God?”

A representative of the Bahá’i Faith, began the ceremony with a history of the Báb’s revelation to the world:

In the middle of the 19th century—one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history—a young merchant announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity. At a time, when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the name “The Báb”, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic … The Báb announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh.

Locals wearing face masks and practicing social distancing reflected upon the message in light of the current pandemic. The Community believes that the tree will serve both to carry forward into the future the enduring legacy of the Báb, and instill in any passerby a deep feeling of hope.