Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 63: Anne & Tim Perry (In Honor of Abdu’l-Baha)

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 special episode in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, I’m joined by Anne and Tim Perry, the couple behind the fabulous documentary about Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America called ‘Luminous Journey’. They tell me how they became Baha’is, what inspired them to make the documentary, and share stories about the making of the film, and of Abdu’l-Baha. I know you’ll enjoy the conversation as much I did!

Find out more about some of the things we covered below:

* Watch ‘Luminous Journey’ here on the official Youtube channel for Luminous Journey.

* Learn more about Abdu’l-Baha and the commemoration of the Centenary of His passing here: The Mystery of God

* Abdu’l-Baha

* The Universal House of Justice:

* Shoghi Effendi

* The Bab​​

* Baha’u’llah

* The Baha’i World Centre

* Greenacre Baha’i School

* Sarah Farmer

* Book by Anne Perry: Green Acre on the Piscataqua

* Seals & Crofts

* The Nineteen Day Feast and Why it’s Important

* 92 Baha’i World Congress


* Thornton Chase

* Baha’i Firesides

* Louis Gregory

* Agnes Parsons

* Liz Dwyer

* Anne shares quote from Abdu’l-Baha:
“…for any movement animated by love moveth from the periphery to the centre, from space to the Day-Star of the universe. Perchance thou deemest this to be difficult, but I tell thee that such cannot be the case, for when the motivating and guiding power is the divine force of magnetism it is possible, by its aid, to traverse time and space easily and swiftly.” -Abdu’l-Baha

* Tim mentions a quote by Abdu’l-Baha relating to the election of the president of the United States:
“The president must be a man who does not insistently seek the presidency. He should be a person free from all thoughts of name and rank; rather, he should say, ‘I am unworthy and incapable of this position and cannot bear this great burden.’ Such persons deserve the presidency. If the object is to promote the public good, then the president must be a well-wisher of all and not a self-seeking person. If the object, however, is to promote personal interests, then such a position will be injurious to humanity and not beneficial to the public.” -Abdu’l-Baha

* The Importance of Service in the Baha’i Faith

* Juliet Thompson

* Paris Talks

You can find all of our episodes here on the Baha’i Blogcast page, and be sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Baha’i Blogcast for more upcoming episodes on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Thanks for listening!

-Rainn Wilson

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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