Creating a New Mind: Monarchs as a Metaphor for Humanity

Monarch butterfly

Creating a New Mind: Monarchs as a Metaphor for Humanity
Byron Library, Saturday July 15th 10:30am
Presenter: Renée Phillips

Humanity is undergoing big changes–changes that will allow us to reach new heights–but the process involves giving up the old structures. It can be a scary time if we don’t take time to step back and look at the potentialities being realized.

Caterpillars molt their skin when they become restrictive–each molting providing an expansion or continuation of the structures that existed before. After molting, the caterpillar is still a caterpillar, just bigger and still with an insatiable appetite. Inside the caterpillar are cells called imaginal cells that hold the blueprints for the butterfly. When the time is right for the caterpillar to morph, the imaginal cells use all the protein resources around them to create specialized structures that will be essential for the flight and life of the butterfly. When the process is complete the creature is no longer restricted to crawling on the earth but can fly vast distances and great heights…and yet all that was needed for the butterfly was already within the caterpillar.

Humanity has great potential. The resources and blueprints for greater capacities are already with it. Are we ready to leave behind the old structures that hold us back?

Faith and Action Conference

February 19, 2017

Faith and Action

What? An interactive and multi-media presentation

The program includes talks, stories, poetry, live music, video, discussion, skits, and social. Breakfast, refreshments and lunch will be served to all participants.

Why? The purpose of this conference is to develop a culture in which all consider themselves as treading a common path of faith and action towards the betterment of the world—supporting one another and advancing together, respectful of the knowledge that each possesses, and inspiring each individual to draw on spiritual truths as a source of guidance and strength.

To register use

The Question of Faith

Discovering the Path to Purpose

Panel: How I Found Faith

Women Of Faith

please register at

Earl Nichols Arena

799 Homeview Road

8:30am- 5:30pm

Prepared on behalf of the Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá’ís of London, St. Thomas, and Sarnia


Letter of Solidarity

January 31, 2017

Dear Community of London,

At this time when our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters are in mourning, we mourn and stand in solidarity with them.

In the current atmosphere of suspicion, mistrust and political clashes around the world, we affirm our belief in the underlying oneness of all people—not as a vague hope—but as an essential truth.

A most fundamental of human rights is the right of each individual to investigate reality for himself or herself, and to benefit from the results of this exploration. All people should have the right to an unfettered adherence to spiritual life. We strongly condemn all forms of divisive prejudices—be they based on differences of race, religion, nationality, political views, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. The right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is not only possible in a diverse society, such as Canada, but is vitally necessary for the development of the well-being of humankind at this crucial point in history. Where there is love, unity, tolerance, and idealism, a people flourishes; where there is ignorance, prejudice, division and hatred, human society sinks in a slough of unending disasters, ruinous for mankind as a whole.

The Bahá’í community calls upon our fellow citizens to work against the subversive intolerances given voice by those who would have us divided. Let us examine, and eliminate from our own hearts, any trace of prejudice that would allow a seed of hate to take root. Let us demonstrate in word and deed that love is more powerful. We pray:

O Thou kind Lord!  Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock.  Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household.  In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.

 O God!  Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life up

on all.  Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.

O Thou kind Lord!  Unite all.  Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home.  May they all live together in perfect harmony.

 O God!  Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind. O God!  Establish the Most Great Peace.

Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together. O Thou kind Father, God!  Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love.  Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance.  Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.

 Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.

May our nation emerge from this tragedy with renewed resolve to uphold the principles to which we all aspire, and be an example of unity and diversity to the entire world.

The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of London

Celebration of the Births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

The Baha’i Community of London is planning to celebrate the “Twin Holy Birthdays.” All are welcome to join the community in these special Holy Day celebrations to commemorate the birth of  Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith and of the Bab, His Forerunner on November 1, 2016.  Details of the event are as follows:

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Opening Ceremonies for the New Baha’i House of Worship Held in Santiago Chile

On Thursday, October 13, 2016, the opening ceremonies for the new Baha’i House of Worship were held in Santiago, Chile. Some five thousand Baha’is from 110 countries along with numerous invited dignitaries marked the opening celebrations in a spirit of joy and radiance. Several members of the Baha’i Community of London attended the event. This ceremony marks the culmination of a fourteen year process carried out by Baha’is around the world who laboured tirelessly to bring to fruition the vision to have a House of Worship on every continent. Live coverage of the events was streamed over the Internet.




Reflection Meeting – December 5, 2015

Saturday December 5, 2015 saw an insightful and energetic reflection meeting wherein the Baha’i community reflected on its collective activities over the last several months. We were happy to see roughly 30 people in attendance. Presentations were given by the Area Teaching Committee and each of the Institute Coordinators regarding the state of the community and some goals for the upcoming cycle (December 2015-March 2016).

After this presentation, everyone brainstormed some ideas for the expansion phase, a period of two weeks during which the members of the Baha’i community systematically expand their networks of community contacts, inviting them to participate in the core activities. We then divided into two groups to discuss some of these ideas in more detail: one discussed devotionals / firesides, while the other discussed the Institute process (books 1 and 5 and a dedicated teaching project).

Here is a summary of some community events that were decided upon:

  • Devotionals will be held each night of the planning week somewhere in London (Dec 7th to 12th).
  • A Book 3 intensive will be held on Sunday December 13th at the Glabush residence
  • A Book 5 campaign will occur from December 28th to January 2nd as part of a junior youth campaign (Mountain Unmoved)
  • A Book 1 intensive will be held on Dec 19th and 20th in preparation for the junior youth campaign
  • A dedicated teaching project will occur from December 19th to December 22nd
  • At least one Fireside will be held each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night somewhere in London during the expansion phase
  • The planning week will occur from Dec 7th to Dec 12th The expansion phase will occur for the following two weeks (Dec 13th to Dec 27th).
  • The consolidation phase will then begin on December 28th.
  • The Area Teaching Committee will soon be announcing detailed plans regarding
    locations for the upcoming devotionals and firesides.

A big thank you for all of those who attended the Reflection Meeting and offered their suggestions, critiques, and support. A final reminder that, although these are plans made for the community to participate in, individual initiatives are definitely welcome (and please let the Area Teaching Committee know about these, so that we can provide support and help integrate such initiatives with other activities. Kindly contact Rob Haworth –


Bahá’í s Inaugurate New Calendar to Celebrate Founders’ Births

For Immediate Release

Bahá’í s inaugurate new calendar to celebrate Founders’ Births

Nov 9, 2015, 9:00 AM ET(Eastern Time)

London – For the first time ever, Baha’is throughout the world will be celebrating two of their most important Holy Days (the Birthday of the Báb, the Herald of their Faith, and the Birthday of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith) on two consecutive days, November 13 and 14. These are Baha’i Holy Days when work is suspended and the London Baha’i community holds commemorative events.

The Baha’is of London and neighbouring towns will commence the observance of these Holy Days with an evening of music, prayer and drama to celebrate the births of the “two most precious Beings”, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. The event will take place at the Wolf Performance Hall , 251 Dundas St., London on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited.

The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. Baha’u’llah proclaimed: “He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”        

Up until now, Baha’is have observed certain holy days according to the solar calendar for communities in the West, and a lunar calendar for communities in the Middle East. This implied that some holy days would be celebrated on different dates, depending on where in the world a Baha’i lived. In Canada, according to the solar Gregorian calendar, the birthday of the Báb was celebrated on October 20 and the Birthday of Baha’u’llah was celebrated on November 12. The Baha’i community is now implementing its new “Badi” calendar on a world-wide basis. The Badi calendar is linked to the solar year and begins at the moment of the Spring Equinox as calculated from Tehran, Iran, which was the birthplace of Baha’u’llah.

The Bahai Faith has been active in London since the early 1900s and has a membership of over 400 believers. Its members are engaged in community-building activities with people of all backgrounds. These include devotional programs, children’s classes, spiritual empowerment programs for junior youths, and study circles for adults. To learn more about the Baha’i Faith in London and Canada, please visit: ; .

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For further information:
Contact Bob Andrighetti
Tel: (519) 474-0943

The Martyrdom of the Bab

On July 9, 1850, the Bab, Forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, was martyred at noon in the public square of Tabriz, Iran. The story of the Bab’s short ministry is filled with accounts of the moving steadfastness of the Bab’s follers and their valiant heroism in the face of oppression. Within a few years of announcing His mission, some twenty thousand of the Bab’s followers were killed while thousands more were threatened, harrassed and tortured.  Every year at around July 9, Baha’is all around the world solemnly observe the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab, recalling the severity of the punishment wrought upon Him, His patience and longsuffering and the spread of the Baha’i Faith subsequent to His ascension. A special sacred tablet is recited at the time of His martyrdom.

The Baha’i Friends in London have arranged five venues for the observance of the Martyrdom of the Bab which falls on July 10th this year.  Please contact the Baha’is at for further information.

Creating a New Mind – June Event

The ‘Creating a New Mind’ series of interactive talks continues on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Stevenson Hunt room at the London Public Library downtown location.  Dr. Paul Parsons will share his perspective and facilitate an interactive discussion on Science and God.  All are welcome to attend.  Admission is free.



One of the principles of the Bahá’í teachings is the harmony of science and religion. Religion must be in accord with science and reason. If it does not correspond with scientific principles and the processes of reason, it is superstition. The antithesis of knowledge is ignorance, andthe child of ignorance is superstition.God has endowed us with faculties by which we may comprehend the realities of things, contemplate reality itself. If religion is opposed to reason and science, faith is impossible; and when faith and confidence in the divine religion are not manifest in the heart, there can be no spiritual attainment.

Unquestionably there must be agreement between true religion and science. Religion must stand the analysis of reason. It must agree with scientific fact and proof so that science will sanction religion and religion fortify science. Both are indissolubly welded and joined in reality.

Paul Parsons is currently a research scientist at IBM Canada and a postdoctoral fellow at Western University. He received his Ph.D. from Western University in 2013. In August, Paul will join Purdue University as an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on design of interactive technology to support human cognition.

Creating a New Mind Flyer-June 27 2015

Reflection Gathering


Dear Friends,

Thank you to those who were part of our beautiful reflection gathering today! About 40 people participated in fruitful discussions about our current community activities and had a chance to set goals for the next 3 months. Special thanks to the different art groups who brought such beautiful art pieces for the “show+share” portion of our community! Thank you also to the children and junior youth for sharing their songs with the community 🙂 How exciting it was to hear about all the wonderful activities happening in our community! Among a few of them were the following:

 -Hidden Gems Adult/ Youth and Children Education (weekly-Sun 10-12pm)

-Children’s classes (weekly-Wed, Sat, Sun)

-Art Devotionals (monthly)

-Persian women’s gatherings (monthly)

-Junior youth art classes (weekly-Fri)

-Creating a New Mind (monthly- last Sat)

-Exciting core activities in the White Oaks area

-Saturday Deepening classes

-Musical Firesides

-Potluck devotionals

-Children’s Summer Camp

-Rotating downtown devotional gatherings


 For more information or to find out how to get involved, please contact the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í’s of London Ontario