Cleaning Service Project – What a turnout!

On Sunday, October 16th, a number of volunteers here in Aurora gathered at the Wellington West Public School grounds to participate in litter clean-up organized by the Aurora Baha’i Community.

Join us in our future initiatives! A cleaner earth is everyone’s responsibility.

For a Baha’i Perspective on the current environmental crisis, read this insightful article by the Office of Public Affairs of the Baha’i Community of Canada.

Aurora Food Pantry Drive Results Are In and…

The Food Drive facilitated by the Baha’i Community of Aurora was a great success!

The Community dropped off the items pictured below at the Aurora Food Pantry right before Thanksgiving to help out those in need.

“Oh, friends of God! If ye will trust in the Word of God and be strong; if ye will follow the precepts of Bahá’u’lláh to tend the sick, raise the fallen, care for the poor and needy, give shelter to the destitute, protect the oppressed, comfort the sorrowful and love the world of humanity with all your hearts, then I say unto you that erelong this meeting-place will see a wonderful harvest.”

(Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks)

Social Action Committee Helping to End Hunger with Community Support

At the beginning of autumn, the Social Action Committee (SAC) asked its community members to help end hunger in Aurora by donating fresh produce, vegetables, and perishable foods to be delivered to the local food bank. SAC members organized the collection of the over a dozen bags contributed by many donors (pictured below). The generosity of the community goes a long way in helping families facing difficulties during the pandemic.

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

(Video) Junior Youth Camp Highlights

In late July, York North (Aurora, Newmarket, and surrounding areas) hosted an in-person/hybrid junior youth camp designed for youth between the ages of 11-15 years old. Each year, the camp provides a rich environment for spiritual education and a precious opportunity for the animators and junior youth to come together. Since the pandemic, the camps have been mostly virtual. However, following Ontario Safety Guidelines, the coordinator took the opportunity to conduct in person gatherings. The junior youth read passages out of books, engaged in musical activities, and carried out service projects. 

JY camps provide a growth opportunity and a chance to expand horizons. If you know someone interested in attending next year, contact us.


(Video) Aurora Children Honouring the 215 Indigenous Children

The Children’s Education Committee of the Baha’i Community of Aurora created this video to commemorate the 215 Indigenous children whose bodies were discovered at Kamloops residential school in British Columbia. In the video, the children read a poem by Abigail Echo-Hawk.

If you decide to share this, please tag us on Facebook @BahaisOfAuroraOntario, or on Instagram @bahaisofaurora.

To contact us, please click here.

Children’s Classes in Aurora (Zoom)

Baha’i children’s classes aim to nurture the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis of these classes is on helping children to learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles, such as love, unity and justice, to their own lives and to the lives of those around them. Based on the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the classes seek to inspire in children a love of God and His Messengers, and of humanity in all its diversity. The classes include short lessons, activities to build friendship, games, stories, art and music.

Curriculum based on the Ruhi Institute. Classes conducted on Zoom until further notice. For Aurora residents only. No registration fees, no commitment needed!

Schedule an informal intake with one of our instructors.

Virtual Devotionals (Feb 2021)

Photo by Pegleess Barrios from Burst

The Ayyam-i-Ha (or Intercalary Days) are a period of time when Bahá’ís focus more than usually on hospitality, charity, giving gifts and preparing for the month of fasting. The Ayyam-i-Ha are of four or five days’ duration.  They are the days that fall outside the nineteen months of nineteen days that make up the Bahá’í calendar.

During the month of February leading up to the Ayyám-i-Há, community members gathered virtually for daily prayers and meditation. These meetings were sponsored by The Baha’i Community of Aurora.

Like-minded souls are invited to attend future interfaith gatherings.

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 physically active and keep a positive mental attitude during a time of mandated 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.