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Sonjel Vreeland

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.

The Master: Stories of Abdu’l​-​Baha for Children – An Audio Recording by Sarah Perceval

As 2021 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Passing of Abdu’l-Baha, I’ve been thinking about resources suitable for children that will help bring their hearts closer to Him.

Sarah Perceval is a talented, engaging and lively storyteller and when I played parts of The Master: Stories of Abdu’l-Baha for Children for my own little ones, they begged to listen to more and more. This collection of stories is a treasure and I was delighted when Sarah agreed to tell me about how it came together. Here’s what she shared: Continue reading

A Baha’i Blog Interview with the Team Behind The Journey West

In this Baha’i Blog interview, Sonjel Vreeland speaks with Dr. Toya Mary Okonkwo, Lorraine Sheldon and Ivan Mihoci, three of the creators behind The Journey West.

The Journey West is a website and podcast series created to celebrate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to Egypt, Europe and North America. As 2021 commemorates the centenary of His Passing, we thought it might be helpful to shine a spotlight on this incredible resource. Continue reading

What Is an Epoch & How Is Baha’i History Charted?

In the 2021 Ridvan message to the Baha’is of the world, the Universal House of Justice joyfully announced that we are now entering the 3rd epoch of the Divine Plan of Abdu’l-Baha. This is such exciting news, but I have to admit I needed to refresh my understanding of how Baha’i history is charted in order to better comprehend the significance of what the Universal House of Justice was announcing. In this article, I provide a brief overview of my understanding of how time and development is mapped in cycles, ages, epochs, and stages or plans, and where we currently stand in the unfolding of history. I think the best place to start is with the longest unit of time, a cycle, and to work our way down to epochs. Continue reading

Light of the World: New Volume of Abdu’l-Baha’s Writings Released by the Baha’i World Centre

A new volume of recently translated Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha titled Light of the World has just been released by the Baha’i World Centre! You can download and read the volume in its entirety from the Baha’i Reference Library here: Light of the World: Selected Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha

As Baha’is and their friends around the world prepare to commemorate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s Passing, this new volume is a treasured gift. The volume contains 76 Tablets describing aspects of the life of Baha’u’llah including the tribulations He suffered, events in His homeland, the purpose and greatness of His Cause, and the nature and significance of His Covenant. Continue reading