The Baha'i Community supports Multiculturalism in Chilliwack

Invitation: Chilliwack Newcomer Connections Multiculturalism Celebration March 29th , 2017


Chilliwack Newcomer Connections is a cross sector partnership of community groups and institutions established to create awareness of services for newcomers in Chilliwack and build connections and relationships across the community....

We would like to extend a warm welcome to you for joining us at our upcoming multiculturalism celebration, an opportunity to connect, to share, and to work together.
Please mark your calendar with this date.  
Complimentary International Refreshments will be served. Please register by Friday March 24th, 2017.
Should you have any questions or enquiries, please feel free to contact me at:

Kate Xiang
604-393-3251 ext.228.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday March 29th , 2017.

Best Regards,

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Posted on 3/14/2017 2:00:00 PM by Cheryl

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Building Bonds of Unity



Building Bonds of Unity: a Community Children's Festival


We invite you to an afternoon of activities, games and entertainment that celebrate the diverse cultures that make up Chilliwack.  This is a free event coordinated by the Chilliwack Youth Empowerment Group. Some of the highlights this year include, Henna, ping pong launchers, wheelchair basketball, Scottish shields, and Chinese hat dance.  This will be a great activity for the whole family. We hope you take this opportunity to meet new people, experience different cultures and build new relationship to help make Chilliwack a healthy, supportive and friendly community.

Date Saturday February 25,2017

1:00 - 4:00

Evergreen Hall 9291 Corbould Street Chilliwack



There is still lots of room for more volunteers!  Families and groups who would like to share their cultural activities or performances are welcome to contact Cheryl Vinchoff at 607-703-1863 for details.


The Chilliwack Youth Empowerment Program is offered and supported by the Baha’i Community of Chilliwack. This event is made possible due in part to the funding provided by the City of Chilliwack through the neighbourhood Grant-Celebration and Activity program.


Mark your calendar for 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Evergreen Hall and join the fun!


Posted on 2/2/2017 9:03:00 PM by Cheryl

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“The Gate and The Glory: Twin Founders of the Baha’i Faith”

You are invited to attend a 6-week course on the founders of the Baha’i Faith. This course will be an in-depth study of the “Bab” and Baha’u’llah, their emergence in 19th century Persia, their universal teachings and the global civilization arising in their wake.  The goal of the course is a broader understanding of humanity’s spiritual progress across the ages and our current transition to a more unified world.

 Sunday Evenings 7-9 Starting Feb 12th 2017

 Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre 

4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford (V4X 1S8).


 Wednesday Evenings 7-9 Starting Feb 15th 2017

 Trinity Memorial United Church 

33737 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford (V2S 2M4).  

Instructor-Facilitator: Harold Rosen M Ed, M Phil, M R Ed, (, co-founder of the Abbotsford Interfaith Movement, and author of  “Founders of Faith: The Parallel Lives of God’s Messengers”

To Register: contact Harold Rosen (  (604-854-1937)




Posted on 1/29/2017 5:44:00 PM by Cheryl

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Fraser Valley Spring School



June 15 & 16, 2013

Yarrow Community Hall  4670 Community St. Yarrow, B C

Nurturing the Young for an

Ever-Advancing Civilization

During this weekend we will be discussing the power of youth to change the world and the role that adults have in supporting the youth.  The weekend will include: Sto:lo Welcome, Arts Workshop by Nancy Watters and a community devotional on Saturday night that will highlight musical presentations.  The devotional starts at 8:00 and is open to the community at large (no charge)

The preyouth program will be exploring the human being's twofold moral purpose of personal transformation and contribution to the betterment of society.  As part of that, they will be touring and volunteerign at the Yarrow Eco-village and considerign the role fo the right of God.

Part of the Children’s class program will be touring a mini horse rescue operation (weather permitting) and how kindness to animals promotes societal welling.  They will also be learning prayers, songs, making crafts and participating in outdoor games.  An experienced and enthusiastic team of children’s class teachers has been assembled to provide an exciting and inspiring event.                                                                                  Register online at

Age 15 and up:  Saturday $22.00/ Sunday $17.00

Ages 4-14 :  Saturday $10.00/Sunday$ 5.00

Children 3 and under Free                                          

Family Rates:   Saturday $15.00 each parent plus $10.00 per child.

                       Sunday $10.00 per parent plus $5.00 per child.

 Includes: Registration, materials, meals & snacks.

Facilities:The Yarrow Community Hall is in a beautiful country location next to the walking path dikes along the Vedder River. 

-    handicap accessible

-    close to stores and fruit stands

-    has a large outdoor area including community tennis courts

There are no accommodations on site but there are many nearby, including camping, RV, cabins, motels, hotels, and bed & breakfasts. More information on accommodations can be found on the Tourism BC website:

Additional Information: Regional Schools Coordinating Committee at




Posted on 5/25/2013 3:05:00 PM by cheryl

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A Baha’I View of World History: Reflecting on the Rise, Fall and Renewal of Civilization Presented by Harold Rosen


Harold Rosen is a lifelong student and teacher of world religions with three master’s degrees in religion, education and philosophy.  A Unitarian minister for 25 years, and a Baha’i since the year 2000, he serves as a community interfaith educator in the Vancouver area.  He has taught at the University of Idaho, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University College of the Fraser Valley.  Author of several works on interfaith themes, he now focuses on the founders of major world religions and the emergence of global civilization.  You are invited to join us in Chilliwack with Harold Rosen in an interesting and lively discussion reflecitoning on the rise and fall and renewal of civlization.


7:30 pm Friday Dec 7, 2012 

Chilliwack Travelogde

45466 Yale Rd

Chilliwack BC

For info call 604-703-1863


Posted on 11/6/2012 8:29:00 AM by cheryl

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A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Canada

 The Chilliwack Baha'i Community invites you to a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to Canada bringing his message of peace and world unity.  Please join use at the Chilliwack Public Libarary 45860 First Avenue, Chilliwack from 2:00-4:00 on Sunday September 9th, 2012 for an Open House with story telling, historic footage, archival images and documents.  Refreshments will be served. 

Abdu'l-Baha September 2

Posted on 8/30/2012 8:45:00 PM by cheryl

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A Perspective on Human Right Violation: Action in Defense of the Baha’is in Iran

Chilliwack BC - May 14th and May 22nd mark the anniversaries of the arrests in 2008 of leaders of Iran’s Baha’i community, and the coordinated raids on 39 homes throughout Iran, along with the arrests in that country of a number of Baha’i educators delivering university level education.

To defend the persecuted and keep this injustice alive in the public consciousness, Baha’i communities across Canada are holding public events.  In Chilliwack, the Baha’i community has invited Dr. Roshan Danesh to present A Perspective on Human Rights Violation: Action in Defense of the Baha’is of Iran at 7:30 p.m. Thursday May 24, 2012 at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack.

Dr. Danesh has considerable legal experience working with aboriginal governments and has been active in inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue and peace building at many levels.  He completed his doctoral studies at Harvard in 2003 and teaches law and conflict resolution in Canada and internationally.  In his presentation, Dr. Danesh will look at current struggles for human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a case study of the denial of basic rights to Iran's largest religious minority, the Baha’i community. 

For more details please visit The Baha'i World News Service at:



Posted on 5/21/2012 9:28:00 PM by LSA

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National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada meets with Vancouver area Baha'is

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada met with the Baha'is of the greater Vancouver area at the Vancouver Baha’i Centre on December 3. Baha'is from all over the lower mainland made suggestions, discussed the growth of the Baha'i community and learned about the progress of the faith from around the country. The human rights abuses of the Iranian Baha'i community in Iran was also covered in detail as was the international outrage at these actions including a statement by Canadian Senator Dallaire on what he called "warning signs" in Iran's treatment of Baha'is.

Further Informations: 



Posted on 12/4/2011 10:27:00 AM by ianvink

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Ian C. Semple, 1928-2011

HAIFA, Israel — Mr. Ian C. Semple, former member of the Universal House of Justice, passed away today in Switzerland. He was 82 years old.

The Universal House of Justice has sent the following message to all National Spiritual Assemblies:

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Our hearts are laden with sorrow at the passing to the Abha Kingdom of our dearly loved former colleague Ian C. Semple, staunch, clear-sighted, outstanding servant of the Blessed Beauty. Having embraced the Cause of God in the prime of his youth while at university, he devoted his considerable energies, eloquent pen and keen intellect to its protection and to the promotion of its vital interests throughout the rest of his life. A distinguished record of six decades of uninterrupted labour in the Divine Vineyard included service as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles, of the Auxiliary Board for Propagation in Europe and of the International Baha’i Council, and culminated in forty-two years of membership of the Universal House of Justice from its establishment in 1963 until 2005. The shining qualities of his being, his immense courtesy, surpassing humility, purity of heart, irrepressible joy and unfailing optimism – all born of an unshakeable faith in the Word of God and its capacity to redeem humankind – endeared him to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

We extend our loving sympathy to his beloved wife, Louise, to his dear children, Michael, Nicholas and Jennifer, and to his grandchildren for the loss they have sustained and pray for the bounties of God to surround them. May Ian’s valiant soul receive a joyous welcome in the celestial realms above and be richly rewarded for his fealty and his exemplary dedication to duty. We call upon the friends everywhere to hold memorial gatherings in his honour, including befitting commemorative services in the Houses of Worship throughout the world.

The Universal House of Justice

Posted on 12/1/2011 3:36:00 PM by ianvink

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Chilliwack Baha'is Reflect on the Sacred Nature of Baha'i Elections

19 Day Feast Held

What's a Baha'i? * 19 Day Feast  * Bahai Calendar

Baha'is in Chilliwack gathered together on Tuesday, November 22 to hold their 19 Day Feast. The 19 Day Feast consists of a Devotional, Administrative, and Social part. During the Administrative portion, the community consulted on the sacred nature of Baha'i Elections.



Bahá'í elections do not include any sort of constituency for members - all members are considered to be at-large. Members are chosen by the electorate consisting of five qualities:

"Let us recall His explicit and often-repeated assurance that every Assembly elected in that rarefied atmosphere of selflessness and detachment is in truth, appointed of God, that its verdict is truly inspired, that one and all should submit to its decision unreservedly and with cheerfulness ... the elector ... is called upon to vote for none but those whom prayer and reflection have inspired him to uphold... Hence it is incumbent upon the chosen delegates to consider without the least trace of passion and prejudice, and irrespective of any material consideration, the names of only those who can best combine the necessary qualities of unquestioned loyalty, of selfless devotion, of a well-trained mind, of recognized ability and mature experience... Nothing short of the all-encompassing, all-pervading power of His Guidance and Love can enable this newly enfolded order to gather strength and flourish amid the storm and stress of a turbulent age, and in the fullness of time vindicate its high claim to be universally recognized as the one Haven of abiding felicity and peace."[3]

Shoghi Effendi


Posted on 11/24/2011 8:38:00 PM by LSA

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