Maxwell lectures

Intellectually and spiritually challenging presentations on topics of current interest dedicated to the memory of the Maxwell family.

In the Bahá’í Writings, it is said that “God’s greatest gift to man is his intellect”. These lectures seek to bring to listerers insights, discoveries and meaningful information that draw on the experience and professional knowledge of individuals involved in a wide range of fields, many, but not all of whom, are Bahá’ís.

They take place generally on the first Friday of the month, starting in September and going through to May with the exception of January and March. The next series of lectures are organized during the summer and will be posted on this site later in the autumn.

A brief survey of topics include:

  • From Hatred to Human Rights: The Challenges of a Multicultural World
  • The Insight of Art: Inspiration, Knowledge and Experience
  • Hedge Funds and Hippocrates
  • Islam: Civilization as Religion
  • Cyberbullying: Taunting and Teasing among Adolescents Over Technology
  • Law as Metaphor
  • The Human Paradox: Truth, Lies and Videotape
  • Is Spirituality relevant to healing and the Practice of Medicine?
  • Dancing through Life: The Choreography of Mind, Soul and Body

The lectures are dedicated to the founding family of the Bahá’í Faith in Canada. May Maxwell, a social activist and her husband, distinguished Canadian Architect, Sutherland Maxwell became Bahá’ís at the turn of the last century. Montreal has thus the distinction of being the spiritual heart of Canada from which the Faith has spread across the country. Their daughter, Mary, eventually married Shoghi Effendi, the head of the Faith from 1921 to 1957, moving to the World Centre of the Faith in Haifa, Israel. She became an ambassador of the Faith, traveling extensively around the world carrying the loving encouragement of her husband to emerging Bahá’í communities in dozens of countries.  In this way, the Canadian Bahá’í community enjoys a very special connection with the World Centre of the Faith unlike any other country.


Bahá'í Center


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Montreal Shrine


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