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Social Cohesion Conference: Opening & Official Launch of Creating an Inclusive Narrative Publication

This video, produced by the Australian Baha’i Community, shares the opening remarks of a virtual conference titled ‘Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference 2020’. The conference explored the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that guide Australia to forge a socially cohesive and inclusive country into the future.

This video captures the opening of the conference and keynote addresses are given by Her Excellency the Honorable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales and Dr Brian Adams, director of the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University. Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 20

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. Continue reading

Thornton Chase, Steadfast Seeker

Thornto Chase (22 February 1847 – 30 September 1912). Photo courtesy of the US Baha'i Archives.

A strong-willed leader and organizer, and a seeker forever pursuing the mysteries of divine love; an insurance salesman and an artist of page and stage who composed poetry and prose, sang and acted; a man who wrestled with a wariness of women and a unifier of contending personalities: this was Thornton Chase. The man we know as the first U.S. Baha’i was fraught with apparent contradictions, the contradictions of a spiritual being striving to operate in this material realm. Of course, it was only through his struggles that Chase could earn from Abdu’l-Baha the title of “Thabit” (in Persian, “Sabet,” and in English, “the steadfast”). And God did not stint when it came to testing Chase, starting in his infancy and continuing for six decades until his death. Continue reading

“Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” by Aria & Arman

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 Hamilton, New Zealand with Aria and Arman Akhterjahan singing “Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” in Persian from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” by Aria & Arman [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 Hamilton, New Zealand with Aria and Arman Akhterjahan singing “Shamme Afrookhteh (Lighted Candle)” in Persian from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Virtue Cards – A New Resource for Children

Tuaine Hamilton, who some know as Ine, has created a thoughtful and beautifully designed tool for helping children develop their innate qualities and inner gems: virtue cards!

You may recognize Ine from her Studio Session “Listen” or from her interview about her album that bears the same name (you can read it here if you’d like).

I was delighted to hear from her about her virtue cards. In this interview, she tells us why she created them, how they can be used, and what she’s learned in the process of making them. Here’s what she shared: Continue reading

“Ablaze” by Isis, Sheida, Sama & Navid [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 London, the United Kingdom with Isis Webb, Sheida and Sama Tanhai and Navid, who sing “Ablaze” from a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

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