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Participation: The Role Each One of Us Can Play in the Advancement of Civilisation – Anton Jones

Member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia, Mr. Anton Jones, shares his thoughts on the importance of universal participation, and the role each one of us can play in the advancement of civilisation. This address was given at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019. Continue reading

Participation: The Role Each One of Us Can Play in the Advancement of Civilisation – Anton Jones [Audio]

Member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia, Mr. Anton Jones, shares his thoughts on the importance of universal participation, and the role each one of us can play in the advancement of civilisation. This address was given at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019. Continue reading

Visiting Abdu’l-Baha: A New Two Volume Series by Earl Redman

Earl Redman is a master storytelling and his books captivate my imagination. He’s the author of Abdu’l-Baha in Their Midst, Shoghi Effendi Through the Pilgrim’s Eye (Volumes I and II), and The Knights of Baha’u’llah. George Ronald recently released a new book, called Visiting Abdu’l-Baha, that makes up the first volume in a two volume series. The books feature stories illustrating how Abdu’l-Baha taught the principles of the Baha’i Faith to others and how He embodied those principles in His interactions. I was eager to catch up with Earl and here’s our conversation:

Baha’i Blog: It’s wonderful to hear from you again, Earl! What have you been up to since we last interviewed you?

Since 2014, my wife Sharon and I have been traveling extensively from Tasmania, through the Pacific, the US, Canada and Alaska, to Iceland, Europe, Tunisia and Israel sharing stories from the two volumes of Visiting Abdu’l-Baha, mostly in small communities who do not get many visitors. And it has been amazing to see the reactions of both Baha’is and their friends to these stories.

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“O Son of Dust” by Grant Hindin Miller [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 Auckland, New Zealand with Grant Hindin Miller who sings “O Son of Dust” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

The Miniature Clay Baha’i Gardens of Sama Shodjai

I may never understand why tiny things inspire such awe (remember this tiny prayer book and this tiny introduction to the Baha’i Faith?) but when first I saw Sama’s work I was delighted! Below is a small gallery of Sama’s intricately detailed miniature Baha’i gardens (the locations of the gardens represented are in the captions) and a few of her words on what inspires her and how she creates them.  Continue reading

Fire and Light: An Album Dedicated to Baha’u’llah by Peter Held

German pianist and composer, Peter Held, has produced a nuanced jazz album of devotional music dedicated to Baha’u’llah in the bicentennial year of His Birth. The album is called Fire and Light and it contains 18 acoustic and instrumental piano tracks with titles such as “Traces of the Beloved” and “Morning Hour”.

Fire and Light isn’t Peter’s first devotional album. He also released Creation, on which Corinne Bahia sings a selection of Baha’i Writings in accompaniment with Peter’s piano music.

We decided to get in touch with Peter to find out more about his music and what inspired Fire and Light: Continue reading

Heroes Teaching Conference: Counsellor’s Keynote Address – Dr. Vahid Saberi

Member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Australasia Dr. Vahid Saberi gave the opening keynote address at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019.

The Heroes Teaching Conference was a historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha’i adults, youth, junior youth and children, as well as some of their like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Regional Baha’i Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Baha’u’llah and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. Continue reading

Heroes Teaching Conference: Counsellor’s Keynote Address – Dr. Vahid Saberi [AUDIO]

Member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Australasia Dr. Vahid Saberi gave the opening keynote address at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019.

The Heroes Teaching Conference was a historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha’i adults, youth, junior youth and children, as well as some of their like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Regional Baha’i Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Baha’u’llah and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. Continue reading

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