OK, so obviously, my series of posts on pilgrimage will soon continue, but in the meantime, there are some other things to mention that might stir up your interest. Among them:
Unity in Diversity Week in Arnprior: Nov. 18. Since its inception in 1992, Unity in Diversity Week (see Ottawa’s 2003 celebrations on MartinsQuest) has become a widely observed occasion throughout Canada. As one Bahá’í community put it, this special occasion “aims at promoting positive relations amongst all people, strengthening equality, promoting the eradication of prejudice and the recognition of diversity in its broadest sense, regardless of race, gender, age, class or culture, ability, education or economic position.” The Bahá’ís of Arnprior will be hosting a celebration at 5:30 PM at Grove Auditorium. A potluck supper and variety show will be offered; cost of entry is a cash or food donation to the Food Bank.
International Pioneering Evening: Nov. 18. If you’re the jet-set type (or if you just need a change of scenery, come to the Ottawa Bahá’í Centre at 7PM for an evening discussion on International Pioneering. The Canadian Bahá’í community is challenged to send out 750 long-term pioneers and 1,200 travelling teachers by 2010 – yes, 2010. Can we do it? Probably – if you make it happen!!!!
Huqúqu’lláh Conference: Nov. 19. The Bahá’ís of the Ottawa/Gatineau area are invited to meet and discuss with Dr. A.M. Ghadirian, member of the Board of Trustees of Huqúqu’lláh in Canada. Participants will study together to understand the sacred law of Huqúqu’lláh better and the impact that this law can have on each individual and on the society around us. One of the highlights of the afternoon will be viewing portions of a newly released DVD of a talk recently given by Mr. Ali Nakhjavani in Germany. 1-5PM, Cabane en Bois Rond, 331, boul. de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau (Hull Sector).
Festival of the Covenant: Nov. 26. Bahá’ís celebrate this festival in honour of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh, and in honour of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Centre of that Covenant, whose life is often called to mind on this occasion. Festivities (see an example from Vancouver, BC on Google Video) often include arts – music, dance, plays and skits – along with presentations by members of local, regional and national Bahá’í institutions. I’ll probably be going to the Quebec-wide Festival across the river in Gatineau, although there will be celebrations happening in the city of Ottawa proper. (Don’t worry Marty, they speak English in Gatineau.)
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Nov. 28. Just a reminder that the anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá‘s passing is commemorated at 1AM on the 28th of November. Work is generally suspended on this day.
[note: my apologies for the lack of context in this blog post. usually i like to explain whatever lingo and mumbo-jumbo i use (when i use it at all; i try to keep it to a minimum). i wanted to get this post done before the news got out of date, hence the curtness. -dj]