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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.

BWNS: Gatherings in Indonesia Provide Fertile Ground for Hope

This video from the Baha’i World News Service (BWNS) describes how what began as a small online space organized by Indonesia’s Baha’i Office of External Affairs to explore foundational spiritual principles amid the global health crisis has expanded to include over 200 social actors, government officials, and representatives of diverse religious communities. Continue reading

Two New Children’s Books about Prayer and the Nineteen Day Feast by Sahar Sabati

There are many ways to help foster a Baha’i identity in children of Baha’i families but I think Sahar Sabati’s work will also do wonders. When I was younger I cherished the books about children whose patterns of family life were similar to my own but those books were few and far between. It is very exciting to see more and more titles becoming available by writers and mothers who are addressing this need. Sahar has decided to release a series a children’s books and the first two about prayer and Nineteen Day Feasts are already available! They are titled Nuala Says Her Prayers and Starr and Her Family Host a Feast, are illustrated by Tina Toosky and Nelli Newport respectively, and they are lovely! Here Sahar shares with us what she’s been working on and how this series came to be: Continue reading

BWNS: “Creating an Inclusive Narrative” – Australian Publication Points to Shared Identity

This video from the Baha’i World News Service (BWNS) describes how the Baha’is of Australia embarked on a two-year project to explore how a society with diverse views on history, culture, and values—some seemingly at odds with each other—can forge a common identity that transcends differences and does not privilege some groups or diminish the worth of others. They explored this and related questions with hundreds of participants—including officials, organizations of civil society, journalists, and numerous social actors—across all states and territories. Continue reading