Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 68: Kathryn Hogenson (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 Kathryn Hogenson, author, and attorney, who joins me in my home in California. She tells me how she became a Baha’i and about Ruhiyyih Khanum and her time at the Baha’i World Centre. She also talks about the first Western Baha’i pilgrims to Holy Land, and she shares unknown stories of Abdu’l-Baha and the Bahai’s of that time. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much I did!

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

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

* The Universal House of Justice

* Shoghi Effendi

* Abdu’l-Baha

* The Bab

* Baha’u’llah

* Book: ‘Lighting the Western Sky‘ by Kathryn Hogenson

* Horace Holley

* Seals and Crofts

* Baha’i Firesides

* The Nineteen Day Feast

* The Importance of Service in the Baha’i Faith

* The Baha’i World Centre

* The Baha’i Principle of Progressive Revelation

* The Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab

* Who Were the Hands of the Cause?

* Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum

* Video: Crossing Frontiers: Portrait of a World Citizen – Featuring the life of Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum

* Ali-Akbar Furutan

* Ali-Muhammad Varqa

* Baha’i Pilgrimage

* House of Abdu’llah Pasha

* May Maxwell

* Robert Turner

* Robert Stockman

* Lua Getsinger

* International Teaching Centre Building

* Baha’i World Volumes

* Why is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?

* The Shrine of the Bab and its Significance

* The Significance of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah

* An Introduction to the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha

* Phoebe Hearst

* Helen & Ella Goodall

* Martha Root

* Prison City of Akka

* Corinne True

* Baha’i Houses of Worship/Temples

* US Baha’i House of Worship/Temple

* Thornton Chase

* Laura & Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney

* George Ronald Publishing

* Ian Semple

* Edna True

* Stanwood Cobb

* Website created in honor of Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America:

* You may also be interested in listening to ‘The Journey West‘ podcast.

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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Discussion 1 Comment

  1. A great conversation! Listeners and readers may also be interested in learning that Kathryn Hogenson’s book, “Lighting the Western Sky: The Hearst Pilgrimage and the Establishment of the Baha’i Faith in the West” is available at on (a free sample is available for viewing). The Hearst pilgrimage provides a unique glimpse of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. We encourage you to check out this fascinating look into the story of these first 15 Western pilgrims and their experiences with the Master, and how their achievements will remain an inspiration to all future generations.

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