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 virtually by Dr. Louis Venters, an author and history professor who specializes in African American studies and the Baha’i Faith in South Carolina. Louis tells us how he became a Baha’i, and also explains how the Baha’i Faith became the second largest religion in South Carolina, sharing some of the history and the nuances that come with that, especially as a result of the Jim Crow era. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did!
To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:
Louis Venters’ website: www.louisventers.com
Louis Venters is a professor at Francis Marion University.
Baha’i Communities in South Carolina
Who Were the Hands of the Cause?
Louis G. Gregory Baha’i Institute
Louis Venters’ book: No Jim Crow Church
Louis Venters’ book: A History of the Baha’i Faith in South Carolina
Bahai Blog interview with Louis Venters about ‘A History of the Baha’i Faith in South Carolina’: Louis Venters’s Book About the History of the Baha’i Faith in South Carolina
Here’s a video news report by Mandy Noell about the Baha’i Faith in South Carolina: Breaking the Baha’i Code
Louis mentions the Baha’i House of Worship for North America (also known as a temple) in Wilmette, USA.
Find out more about Baha’i Temples here: Baha’i Temples: A Brief Introduction
Louis talks about not knowing what to do when he became a Baha’i, so we thought this article may be interesting: So you’ve become a Baha’i. Now what?
Baha’i Year of Service
The Baha’i community in Togo
The Nineteen Day Feast and Why it’s Important
We mention The Universal House of Justice
We mention Shoghi Effendi
We mention Abdu’l-Baha
We mention The Bab
We mention Baha’u’llah
Find out more about Abdu’l-Baha in the United States.
Louis mentions document commissioned by the Universal House of Justice called ‘Century of Light‘.
Louis mentions the Institute Process and Study Circles. Use these links to find out more about Baha’i Study Circles and ‘The Training Institute‘ which use the Ruhi sequence of courses.
What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program?
What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program? [VIDEO]
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