- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
Many of you by now have hopefully seen our series called “Studio Sessions”, where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world into a studio to film and record them singing a song based on the Baha’i Writings. We then make these videos and recordings available on our Baha’i Blog YouTube Channel and SoundCloud page for everyone to listen to and download for FREE. (If you haven’t heard of Studio Sessions yet, you can find out more about it from this article), or by reading on.
In a letter from the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies dated 12 December, 2011, the House of Justice stated:
We long to see, for instance, the emergence of captivating songs from every part of the world, in every language, that will impress upon the consciousness of the young the profound concepts enshrined in the Baha’i teachings.
Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions have been aiming to do just that, and the global response has been absolutely amazing! We’ve been getting a ton of great feedback from so many different people saying how much they love it and how it’s proven to be a great resource! Here’s an example of one email which really sums it all up:
Just want to let you know how much I am enjoying the Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions. Every time we get a notification a new one has gone up, its the first thing I jump on YouTube to check. I have seen friends using these prayers in their devotional and this Sunday night we also used one of the prayers to start our devotional. They are really useful to the teaching work underway as well. I think as more friends start to engage with these prayers others will be inspired to craft their own prayers or pick up a guitar to learn these prayers within their own clusters as we have seen already in some of the comments. Anyways just want to say to the team keep up great work and I hope this series will continue on for the foreseeable future, traveling to more and more countries! -Chad
We’ve already released over 20 Studio Sessions (one per week), and we’ve recorded in Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles, USA; Arequipa, Peru; London, UK; Toronto, Canada; the Gold Coast, Australia and Madrid, Spain.
So far Studio Sessions have been possible thanks to the help of volunteers, and because we’ve been digging into our own pockets – but unfortunately doing things this way is simply not sustainable, which is why we’ve decided to start a crowd funding campaign.
We’d like to produce 52 new Studio Sessions around the world for 2016 (that’s one per week), so if you’ve enjoyed Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions so far, and feel like this initiative is an important one and you’d like to help us celebrate and share this beautiful Baha’i-inspired music from around the world – with the whole world – then click on our campaign to show your support!
Watch the crowdfunding campaign video here:
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