June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
In recent months I’ve been striving to learn more about the original inhabitants of the unceded land on which I live, and on which my ancestors on my mother’s side have lived for the last six generations. I have been reading and having conservations; I have been learning and unlearning. I have been reframing what I think I know. And all along this process, I have shared some of the insights I have gained with my nine year old daughter.
Late one evening (and likely as an attempt to bait me into conversation so she could stay up even later) she asked me if she was Indigenous. She was disappointed when I told her she isn’t, and frustrated because she doesn’t know or understand what she is, or who her ancestors have made her to be. Part Icelandic, part Iranian, part Dutch, part Scottish–who is she? And who am I?
The pressing question about how we eradicate violence against women was also addressed on Baha’i Blog in this talk by Dr Melanie Lotfali.
Questions as to how we should be and how we should live our lives are answered in the example of Abdu’l-Baha and I’m loving our recent image series featuring excerpts from Vignettes from the Life of Abdu’l-Baha, a George Ronald publication that we’re sharing with their gracious permission.
A final thought on questions: have you ever noticed how often in the Baha’i Writings we are counselled to ponder? In quiet contemplation, in reflection, and in prayer questions are transformed and answered. The next time you’re pondering, you might want to listen to this soulful chanting by youth at the Baha’i House of Worship in Cambodia and see what answers you arrive at.
Thanks for joining me as we usher in the month of questions and we’ll see you next month!
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.