The Campus Association for Baha'i Studies is a nation wide branch of the Association for Baha'i Studies - North America. There are CABS chapters on virtually every university campus where Baha'is reside. The Ottawa Campus Association for Baha'i Studies serves all universities and colleges in the National Capital Region.

 

Baha'i communities are characterized by several activities, centering around a framework for action, that aim to serve the spiritual and material needs of its members. Those that identify themselves as Baha'is are not segregated from their neighbors and peers; all are part of one community. As such, wherever Baha'is live, they reach out to their fellow human beings to walk together on a path of service. Those activities that make up the core of community life are devotional gatherings, childrens classes, junior youth groups, and study circles. Other activities include those that aim to apply Baha'u'llah's teachings to the problems of society, reaching out to other religious communities in interfaith dialogue, participating in consultations at the local, national, and global level, as well as engagin in socio-economic development.

 

CABS plans and facilitates the holding of devotional gatherings on campus open to people of all religions, encouraging a ritual free and grassroots devotional character on campus. Regular fireside gatherings are held to inform interested students on various aspects of the Baha'i Faith. Our association is assisting Baha'i and other students to pursue academic projects related to the history and teachings of the Faith, as well as facilitating the generation of learning on how to apply the teachings of Baha'u'llah to every day life. The Ottawa CABS is also committed to collaborating with religious and development organizations on campus to better serve the student body.

The following are excerpts from the Baha'i writings that help to drive our initiatives:

God has sent religion for the purpose of establishing fellowship among humankind & not to create strife & discord.                                                                                                                   - ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

Use your knowledge always for the benefit of others; so may war cease on the face of this beautiful earth.                                                                                                                                   - ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

Arts, sciences and all crafts are worship...if it is promoted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity.                                                                                                            - ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

Although your realities are shaped by a broad diversity of circumstanves, yet a desire to bring about constructive change and a capacity for meaningful service, both characteristic of your stage of life, are neither limited to any race or nationality, nor dependent upon material means.

                                                                                                               - The Universal House of Justice

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