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6 Baha’i Blog Studio Session Songs for the Departed

With the recent passing of Mrs. Violette Haake, Dr. Farzam Arbab, and Mr. Douglas Martin, plus the countless other souls who have “abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world”, as Abdu’l-Baha puts it in one of His prayers for the departed, I thought it would be befitting to share a few Baha’i Blog Studio Session songs which relate to the departed. (You can learn more about the Baha’i concept of death here: Exploring the Baha’i Concept of Life After Death).
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5 Things to Consider Before Asking for Consent to Marry

You and your sweetie are talking about marriage. Being in a happy marriage builds love, promotes well-being, and creates an ever-expanding unity. In comparison, being in a conflicted marriage is misery. The good news is you have a lot of control over the outcome; “Careful preparation for marriage is an essential first step in the preservation of Baha’i marriage.”

Asking for and receiving consent from all living parents is a requirement of Baha’i marriage. It’s a new concept to have couples independently arrive at the decision to marry and then to have parents respond. I’m always striving to understand the guidance from the Baha’i Writings on the subject. I’ve considered and given consent, and I’ve also asked for it from my own parents. I am exploring the topics of consent and marriage with couples and parents globally as a marriage and relationship educator and coach. However, everyone involved in consent is in a learning mode and simply trying to do their best. One way I am learning is by asking couples in difficulty what they could have done differently before they asked for consent and got married. Here is my checklist of 5 things to consider as potentially helpful for you before asking for consent:  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 56: William H. “Smitty” Smith

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode, I’m joined via zoom by Dr. William H. Smith, or “Smitty” as he’s affectionately known. Smitty is the Founding Executive Director of the National Center for Race Amity, and he’s truly lived an exceptional life. He talks to me about growing up during segregation, and shares how he became a Baha’i. We talk about the challenges of balancing social activism while trying to obey the law, and he stresses the importance and serious impact genuine friendships can have on creating justice and lasting social change. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

Ian Hallmond Interview at Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival [Audio Version]

This is the audio version of an interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival 2019, featuring photographer, and Ink of Light festival founder, Ian Hallmond.

Ink of Light is an annual festival that explores and celebrates the work of Baha’i writers and creatives, who all come together to share ideas, learn from one another, and celebrate creative expression. Continue reading

18 Baha’i Blog Studio Session Songs of Unity

Having just celebrated the fact that we’ve published over 300 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions so far, and seeing how the Studio Sessions have been such a beautiful example of the diversity of peoples and melodies around the world, we thought it would be great to share a number of Studio Session songs on the theme of “unity”!

So here are 18 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions based on the theme of “unity”, and let us know if there are any we’ve missed in the Comments section below. Continue reading

“Everlasting Beauty” by Erik [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog 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 Prince Edward Island, Canada with Erik Peterson singing “Everlasting Beauty” based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

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