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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.

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World – Collection 20

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the two Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, along with a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives. Continue reading

Virtue Cards – A New Resource for Children

Tuaine Hamilton, who some know as Ine, has created a thoughtful and beautifully designed tool for helping children develop their innate qualities and inner gems: virtue cards!

You may recognize Ine from her Studio Session “Listen” or from her interview about her album that bears the same name (you can read it here if you’d like).

I was delighted to hear from her about her virtue cards. In this interview, she tells us why she created them, how they can be used, and what she’s learned in the process of making them. Here’s what she shared: Continue reading

BWNS: “This must stop”: Anti-Baha’i Propaganda Intensifies in Iran, Evokes Global Outcry

This video from the Baha’i World News Service (BWNS) describes how, in recent months, the Iranian government’s decades-long campaign of hate speech and propaganda against the Baha’is in Iran has reached new levels, increasing in both sophistication and scale. The unfolding strategy to demonize the Baha’i community is reflected in a growing and coordinated network of hundreds of websites, Instagram accounts, Telegram channels, and Clubhouse rooms. Continue reading

Moments of Meaning: Finding Inspiration in Divine Laws — With Aku Ntumy

Moments of Meaning is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings and hosted by Sean Hinton. 

In each episode, Sean speaks to someone whose life has been profoundly affected by the writings of the Baha’i Faith. Each guest shares with Sean their “moment of meaning” — whether it’s a big life choice, a turning point in their career, an inspiration or an insight. They share the passages from the Baha’i writings that were part of this moment, and explain the changes this moment inspired in their lives.

In this episode of Moments of Meaning, Sean Hinton speaks to Aku Ntumy, a science teacher in a high school in Swindon, England. Continue reading

The Art of Reissa Gibbs

It’s always a pleasure to discover Baha’i artists online, to hear about their creative process and to take a quiet moment to bask in their work. In this images post, we’d like you to meet artist Reissa Gibbs, whose joyful and striking use of colour and diverse media leaves me with much to savour and contemplate. She shares a few words about her craft, and offers some words of encouragement to other artists. Before we get to what she said, here is a small gallery of her work. We hope you enjoy it!

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