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“I Paint the Spiritual World”: The Art of Ania Telfer

Baha’i Blog aims to celebrate creative and artistic expressions that are inspired by the Baha’i Revelation. Sometimes we hear about these artistic expressions from friends, from the artists who’ve made them, or sometimes they pop up on our social media feeds. Every now and then I follow a trail that leads me to an artist I’ve never heard of and artwork that takes my breath away.

Ania Telfer is one such artist, the creative mind behind such work. And I am absolutely thrilled to share with you a small gallery of her work, and a few of her words about her creative process.

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The Journey West Podcast – Episode 9: No True Happiness and Progress Without Spirituality

The Journey West podcast celebrates the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to Egypt, Europe and North America in 1911-1913. Each episode features a reading of one of Abdu’l-Baha’s talks, as well as dramatized stories and historical accounts. Each episode concludes with a discussion of the talk that was featured.  Continue reading

Cloud9: Juliet Crossley – Portraying Black Nobility

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Juliet Crossley, a Nashville-based portrait artist driven by an “intense desire to change the imagery of black people.” Through the application of marker on paper, Juliet uses her voice and creative gifts to promote justice, equality and the elimination of racial prejudice.  Continue reading

4 Benefits of Family Consultations

Using consultation skills in family meetings is excellent for facilitating understanding and making effective family decisions. It’s also a great way to build life skills in children, no matter what their age. They can learn to contribute toward family unity and to the world around them. Meetings can be casual or formal and in any setting; it’s up to each family to explore what works for them. We facilitated an online course called “Communication Skills for Spiritually Minded Parents” at the Wilmette Institute that explored how consultation can be used in family life. In this article, we offer a few words about the importance of consultation and then explore four benefits to consulting as a family unit.  Continue reading

“Dedicate la vostra mente (Dedicate Your Mind)” by Francesco & Lorenzo

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 Genoa, Italy with Francesco Proglio and Lorenzo Maffia who sing “Dedicate la vostra mente (Dedicate Your Mind)” in Italian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Dedicate la vostra mente (Dedicate Your Mind)” by Francesco & Lorenzo [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 Genoa, Italy with Francesco Proglio and Lorenzo Maffia who sing “Dedicate la vostra mente (Dedicate Your Mind)” in Italian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

BWNS: Exploring How Houses of Worship Are Connecting with Their Societies

Photo courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

This podcast episode produced by the Baha’i World News Service is the second episode about Baha’i Houses of Worship (you can listen to part one here). In this episode we hear from Felipe Duhart and Eduardo Rioseco of Chile, Santos Odhiambo of Uganda, and M. A. Ghanbari of India who explore the impact that Temples are having on visitors and on surrounding populations. Creating a sacred space open to all has given rise to greater consciousness of and action for the betterment of society. Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 10: New Financial, Local & Global Trends Pushing Us to Rethink Governance

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from EBBF members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

Sean Hinton is the CEO of the Soros Economic Development Fund at the Open Society Foundation. He is interested in the relationship between individuals and governance, pre-distributive ownership mechanisms where wealth is more evenly distributed even before it is created. In this episode, he shares ideas about inclusive growth and how we can move out of inequality and move towards more just and even distribution by building the capacity for active participation of wider groups in organizations’ governance.

Jenna Nicholas also exposes the impact of investing trends that are being fuelled both by a new grassroots and mainstream level awareness and shares the consequent shift in power and mounting trust that she has observed over the past few years. Continue reading

Cloud9: Louise Profeit-LaBlanc – Stories of Our First Peoples

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace speaks with internationally-acclaimed traditional storyteller, poet and multidisciplinary artist Louise Profeit-LaBlanc. Louise is a Nacho N’yak Dun First Nation Baha’i from northern Yukon Territory, Canada. In her interview with Cloud9, Louise opens up about her childhood in Canada’s north, and her early memories of attending residential school. She reflects on the strength and power of her grandmother who cared for her throughout her life, and passed on the traditions and stories of her ancestors. We also learn about how Louise was introduced to the power of prayer, which led her to discover the Baha’i Faith. Continue reading

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