Baha'i Duncan

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

What's Happening? | Questions and Answers | Baha'i Community Life | More Information About the Baha'i Faith


Bahá’ís are people whose vision is world embracing and who are joining with friends and neighbours to help build a better world.

Over a century ago, Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, declared that our world was entering upon the age of its maturity, an age which will witness the establishment of a global society, the culminating stage in the unification of humankind.

The teachings of the Bahá’í Faith revealed by Bahá'u'lláh address today's need for a unifying vision and harmonious patterns of life. Information about the life and writings of Bahá'u'lláh may be found at

The Bahá’í Community of Duncan

The Bahá’ís of Duncan invite you to explore the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith and join us doing what we can to contribute to building a better society, one based on principles of justice and service to humanity with a vision and tools for sustainability.

To connect with the local Bahá’í community, you are welcome to attend events in and around the Cowichan Valley. Located on southern Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley Bahá’í cluster stretches from Shawnigan Lake north to Ladysmith and west to Lake Cowichan.

You might be looking for contact information to meet Baha'is living near you. If you have children, ask about classes for children and junior youth up to the age of 15. You might wish to attend a fireside where you may ask questions about the Bahá’í Faith.

  • call 250-715-1614
  • e-mail the Duncan Bahá’ís at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


    Service and Social Relationships

    Participating in a Bahá’í way of life means cultivating our own personal development and offering service to others.

    Bahá’í activities foster a vision of individual and collective transformation. All members of the greater community are welcome to join growing numbers who seek to contribute to the betterment of society and to serve humanity.

    We welcome opportunities to engage with others in the region who are working to build a better world in our own neighbourhoods.

    "The Bahá’í community’s commitment to social and economic development is rooted in its sacred scriptures, which state that all human beings 'have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization....' "

    "Endeavours of social and economic development play a distinct function in the life of the Bahá’í community.They represent the efforts of individuals, groups and Bahá’í governing councils to apply their religious principles to the achievement of material and social progress. They are intended not to serve Bahá’ís alone, but people of all beliefs, and they strive to elicit the widest possible participation. Often projects are undertaken in collaboration with government agencies and organizations of civil society that share similar aims."

    Read more: (click For the Betterment of the World and scroll down to read the document)


    The Bahá’í world community’s approach to social and economic development

    Bahá’í Videos

    Building Community

    Aerial video of Baha'i Terraces on Mount Carmel


    1nes Project Pilot Video


    The Spiritual Life

    If you are attracted to prayers and meditation, you might like to join a few local Bahá’ís in a devotional gathering to share spiritual readings and conversation. Friends of all faiths and traditions are welcome to attend.

    Call 250-715-1614 to contact Duncan Bahá’ís.

    'Abdul-Bahá in Canada


    Explore the Baha'i Perspective

    Bahá'í Temple in Chile

    Bahá’í Sacred Writings

    "The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness." 
    ~   Bahá'u'lláh



    Newsreel: Progress of the Construction of the Chile Baha'i Temple

    Bahá'í Houses of Worship Around the World


    Baha'i Glossary
    How to pronounce many Arabic and Persian words


    Baha'i Calendar

    The 19 day Bahá'í month

    see also:

    Wikipedia article explaining the Baha'i Calendar



    Bahá’í Music Video

    "Strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers"

    by Joe Crone

    Read and study

    One Common Faith (online)

    "...a sea change in human consciousness is under way."

    Forces of Our Time: The Dynamics of Light and Darkness by Hooper C. Dunbar

    "...spiritual forces are the foundation of reality...."

    Order this and other Baha'i books through Apple Press, Duncan, BC or direct from the Canadian Baha'i Distribution Service

    Extracts from The Art of Storytelling by Kiser Barnes

    Enhancing Our Ability to tell Baha'i Stories in Core Activities

    “Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village.  Her nakedness frightened the people...."
    Read More



    Cowichan Intercultural Society


    Video showing the spiritual empowerment programs around the world for junior youth ages 11-14

    "Building capacity for rising generations"

    Young people aged 11-14 are at an unparalleled point in their lives. They are not children, but not yet adults. They are forming their sense of self and identity.

    Too often, society portrays these young people as unruly, self-absorbed, and in thrall to their hormones, and treats them as such. The Baha'i community instead sees in them altruism, an acute sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world." MORE

    Contact us if you're interested in junior youth! If you wish to learn more or become an animator of a junior youth group as part of a Junior Youth Empowerment program, you may wish to study a course called "Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth"
    Ruhi Book 5

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Call 250 597 3798




    What are Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programs?

    In recent years, a curriculum for the spiritual empowerment of junior youth has been developed in many Baha'i communities and has spread beyond.

    It is now employed in communities around the world, including schools and civic organizations, facilitated by "animators" who want to serve as true friends and wise advisors to these young people, and help them find their path of service to humanity.

    Opportunities abound to make a difference in someone's life.

    "The aim of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is:

    • to assist junior youth (ages 11-14) to take ownership for their spiritual and intellectual development
    • to develop a strong sense of purpose and the volition needed to make good decisions, and
    • to engage in meaningful social action in their communities.


    Return to Top

    Do you have any questions about the Bahá'í Faith?

    Here are answers to many of the most frequently asked questions, on subjects such as:

    • Facts and figures
    • Beliefs
    • Practices
    • Community life
    • Social Action

    Bahá’í community life typically includes activities such as:

    Core Activities from the Ruhi Institute

    • Meetings that strengthen the devotional character of the community

    • Groups that channel the surging energies of junior youth ages 12-14

    • Classes that nurture the tender hearts and minds of children

    • Circles of study in a serious and uplifting environment--open to all--developing capacity to walk a path of service


    • Youth gatherings

    • Firesides - informal gatherings for discussing Baha'i concepts and asking questions

    • Fun music nights

    • Holy Day celebrations

    • Summer schools

    - About activities in and around Duncan

    "The Earth is one country and mankind its citizens." Bahá’í Writings

    The Bahá’í Writings teach us that the purpose of life is to know and love God. A powerful way to do this is to study the Word of God and walk a path of service that helps build a better world.

    As in communities across our country and around the world, people in Duncan are coming together in study circles for learning and service. Participants from all backgrounds gather in small groups in an encouraging environment to study a sequence of courses. Study circles for youth and adults begin with spiritual subjects such as the power of prayer, the nature of the soul, life after death, and service to humanity.

    We are building strong friendships and finding that together we can learn to worship God, respect all people, and contribute to creating a world we can pass on to our children with pride.

    Join a study circle and discover a path of spiritual growth and service that is world embracing. To learn more

    the ha'i Faith in Canada

    Return to Top

    - About the Baha'i Community in Canada

    The Baha'i community of Canada

    What Bahá’ís across Canada are doing


    Canadian Baha'i News Service

    News stories about and of interest to Canadians

    - About the International Baha'i Community



    The Baha'i World

    • Accurate information about the Bahá’í Faith
    • What Bahá’ís believe
    • Selected Writings from the Bahá’í Reference Library
    • Worldwide Bahá’í community contacts
    • Bahá’í media bank, and more


    Baha'i World News Service

    Read stories from around the world online or subscribe to Bahá’í News Service stories for delivery to your e-mail or by RSS feed





    Return to Top




    What's Happening



    joomla analytics