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Inspired By: An Album by Heart to Heart

When I heard Heart to Heart’s album, Inspired By, I felt that it was a musical expression of Baha’u’llah’s words “the earth is but one country and mankind its citizen”. Its global and diverse sounds are genuine and a credit to the band’s name. Thankfully the Baha’i community is so interconnected that, with the help of the internet, it was easy to find out more about this musical collaboration. I was able to hear from Alex Christensen about this multi-cultural, rich, and heartfelt album. Here’s what he shared with me:

Baha’i Blog: Could you please tell us who is involved in Heart to Heart?

Heart to Heart is a collective of artists living in the Vancouver area who are learning to create music inspired by their own stories and their involvement in community building efforts. For this album, the artists involved were three brothers: Eric, Alex, and Dan Christensen.

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9 Images from the Official Bicentenary Instagram Page

We are so excited about the official Instagram page dedicated to celebrations of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab: the Instagram username for this page is @twinbirthdays. This account, which is an offshoot of the Bahai.org family of official websites, first went live in 2017 and featured select materials you might have seen on the website for the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah: www.bicentenary.bahai.org.

This Instagram page will be updated with images and videos in the coming weeks and months as Baha’i communities around the world begin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith. Perusing images now might help inspire and encourage other artistic endeavours around the world. To give you a glimpse, here are nine images from the @twinbirthdays page but be sure to follow it on Instagram in order to see and watch content as it is posted! Continue reading

“Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” by Sonia Gomes

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Lisbon, Portugal with Sonia Gomes who sings “Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” in Portuguese, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” by Sonia Gomes [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Lisbon, Portugal with Sonia Gomes who sings “Filho do Ser (Son of Being)” in Portuguese, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Immortal Youth – A Compilation in Honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

Immortal Youth: A Tribute to the Life and Station of the Bab is a new volume released in honor of this year’s bicentennial anniversary of His Birth. Initiated and compiled by the editorial department of the US Baha’i Publishing Trust, this softcover book offers some sacred and authoritative texts of the Baha’i Faith that pertain to the life and station of the Bab. The 118 page book is organized in an accessible manner and is divided into sections covering the birth, declaration, martyrdom, and station of the Bab, followed by a selection of His own prayers and meditations. It includes Writings of Baha’u’llah and the Bab as well as Writings and recorded utterances of Abdu’l-Baha and writings of Shoghi Effendi.

Immortal Youth gathers together passages and Writings found elsewhere into one commemorative book: it is beautifully designed and a befitting tribute to the Bab. While neither an exhaustive or comprehensive collection, the book’s introduction explains that “it is hoped that this book will offer an opportunity for readers to reflect on the life and station of the inaugurator of the Baha’i Dispensation, the towering Figure described by Baha’u’llah as ‘the Primal Point, the Divine Mystery, the Unseen Essence, the Dayspring of Divinity, and the Manifestation of Thy Lordship, through Whom all the knowledge of the past and all the knowledge of the future were made plain.'”  Continue reading

Transformation of a Community: The Daga Story – Jalal Mills

In this presentation called ‘Transformation of a Community: The Daga Story’ given by member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Australasia, Dr. Jalal Mills, at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019, Counsellor Mills shares an excerpt from the film ‘A Widening Embrace’ which features the Daga community in Papua New Guinea, and he shares insights and lessons we can all learn from their example. Continue reading

Transformation of a Community: The Daga Story – Jalal Mills [Audio]

In this presentation called ‘Transformation of a Community: The Daga Story’ given by member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Australasia, Dr. Jalal Mills, at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019, Counsellor Mills shares an excerpt from the film ‘A Widening Embrace’ which features the Daga community in Papua New Guinea, and he shares insights and lessons we can all learn from their example. Continue reading

Creative Circles – A Retreat for Those Striving to Serve Humanity Through Art

I had the privilege of meeting the wonderful Gordon Kerr at the recent Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival, and he told me about an awesome initiative he’s started in the UK called ‘Creative Circles’.

Creative Circles is a small retreat for those striving to serve humanity through art, and it’s a gathering where artists of all types come together from around the world for a week of masterclasses, workshops, presentations, and the sharing of experiences. It’s also an opportunity for artists to explore their interests and nurture their creative talents in an atmosphere of fellowship and support.

I absolutely love the idea of Creative Circles and I wanted to know more, so here’s what Gordon had to say about this great initiative: Continue reading

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