The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2010 M10 30 - 368 pages
What binds together Louis Riel’s former secretary, a railroad inventor, a Montreal comedienne, an early proponent of Canada’s juvenile system and a prominent Canadian architect? Socialists, suffragists, musicians, artists—from 1898 to 1948, these and some 550 other individual Canadian Bahá’ís helped create a movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world.
Using diaries, memoirs, official reports, private correspondence, newspapers, archives and interviews, Will C. van den Hoonaard has created the first historical account of Bahá’ís in Canada. In addition, The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 clearly depicts the dynamics and the struggles of a new religion in a new country.
This is a story of modern spiritual heroes—people who changed the lives of others through their devotion to the Bahá’í ideals, in particular to the belief that the earth is one country and all of humankind are its citizens.
Thirty-nine original photographs effectively depict persons and events influencing the growth of the Bahá’í movement in Canada.
The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 makes an original contribution to religious history in Canada and provides a major sociological reference tool, as well as a narrative history that can be used by scholars and Bahá’ís alike for many years to come.
When he undertook a trip to his native Saskatchewan accompanied by his wife, Aimee Montfort, in 1906-1907, and spoke to the annual convention of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada in Winnipeg, he may well have had both socialism ...
13 He attended the Regina Branch of Labour Party, urged the founding of Producers' Social and Economic Discussion Circles (to alleviate the inferior economic status of farmers and workers), attended an agricultural convention, ...
... publishing commission at the National Convention, with Woodcock serving as its chair. Woodcock, however, refused to help.
... on his travels to France, England, Scotland, and North America.5 Much later, in 1942, a Canadian Bahá'í, George Spendlove, would attend the 10th Theosophical Fraternization Convention, held in Toronto (Bahá'í News, August 1942, p.
Martha MacBean is, however, also considered to be the first Bahá'í in Montreal ([“Notes on Montreal Bahá'í History”], n.d.; Sala, 1940), and, by implication, even the first in Canada (“Canadian Bahá'í Convention,” 1948: 8).
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