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.
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. These gatherings are open to all and are intended to embrace that attitude of prayer and practice of devotion that is universal to all religions.
Elevate: A Collection of Uplifting Resources from the Baha’is of the UK
The Baha’is of the United Kingdom have released an elegant website dedicated to sharing prayers and resources for elevated conversations. The site is called Elevate. This is how they describe the project:
Elevate is a collection of resources to support a growing movement to create greater spiritual consciousness. Through the sharing of prayers for all humanity — giving rise to elevated conversations and service to others — the materials gathered here encourage the exploration of timeless spiritual values and fundamental questions, and how they are expressed through creative expression.
The website covers such topics as strength, hope, friendship and patience with more and more themes to be released in the coming days and weeks. Each theme includes a devotional program, which can be downloaded with either mobile or desktop formatting. The devotions include a diversity of quotations from sacred texts of the Baha’i Faith, other religions, artists and thinkers.
Elevate also offers accompanying resources for each theme curated from the online world such as poetry, videos, talks, podcasts, articles, and a playlists of contemporary music. There are a lot of materials at your disposal.
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.
Thank you for the elevate resource. It is beautiful
Lin (May 5, 2020 at 3:05 PM)
I am very sad that the sight is down. Is it temporary condition or you stop this service?
Nouran Kiani (August 8, 2021 at 10:48 AM)
Elevate is an official initiative of the Baha’is of UK while Baha’i Blog is an individual initiative; we are just happy to share about the site but we don’t run it and we aren’t involved in it. There was something wrong with our links to Elevate but they should be working now. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
Sonjel Vreeland (August 8, 2021 at 6:53 PM)