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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. 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.

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories) – European Baha’i Choral Festival 2019

“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is the eleventh song from the European Baha’i Choral Festival that was held from May 29 – June 2, 2019 at the Baha’i House of Worship in Langenhain, Germany. This Arabic song was composed and conducted by Ameli Dziemba and its words are a repetition of “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which means “O Thou Glory of Glories”. Continue reading

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories) – European Baha’i Choral Festival 2019 [Audio Track]

“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is the eleventh song from the European Baha’i Choral Festival that was held from May 29 – June 2, 2019 at the Baha’i House of Worship in Langenhain, Germany. This Arabic song was composed and conducted by Ameli Dziemba and its words are a repetition of “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which means “O Thou Glory of Glories”. Continue reading

Cloud9: Strengthening Fashion’s Social Fabric – Sustainably

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world.

In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews a woman who has spent the past 12 years building relationships in the fashion industry, and the last 5 years establishing a brand based on a commitment to sustainability, integrity and honest relationships – Peruvian-based fashion designer and founder of the label MOZH MOZH, Mozhdeh Matin. Born in the Peruvian Andes to Baha’i parents of Iranian descent, Mozhdeh has dedicated her life and business to the preservation of Peruvian culture and textiles, introducing age-old techniques, craftsmanship, and designs to international audiences through her unique use of textiles and colourful collections, which can be found in more than a dozen boutiques around the world.  Continue reading

“O Thou Compassionate Lord” by the Virtual Choir of the Baha’i House of Worship for North America

The 14th Annual Baha’i Choral Festival at the Baha’i House of Worship for North America was scheduled to take place on May 24th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders, the festival was cancelled. The choir nevertheless virtually produced this song called “O Thou Compassionate Lord”. Continue reading

Spiritual Conversation: A Podcast by Jacqueline Claire

It’s exciting to see more and more Baha’i-inspired podcasts being produced by writers, musicians, thinkers and artists. I’m particularly delighted that Jacqueline Claire (you may know her from her art or her interactive art talks) has created a podcast series called Spiritual Conversation. She’s an engaging story teller who tackles elevated topics thoughtfully, honestly and joyfully — you can even hear her mega-watt smile streaming through your headphones!

Jacqueline reached out to tell us about her podcast and about the work, the ideas, the hopes and the dreams that go on behind-the-scenes. Here’s what she shared with us:

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The Persian Calligraphy of Arash Nedaiee Diznab

Art and creative expression have been around as long as humankind. The artist featured in this Baha’i Blog images post has been mastering an art form with a long and distinguished history: Arash Diznab is a Persian calligrapher, specializing in Nastaliq and Shekasteh-Nastaliq styles. Below you’ll find a small gallery of some of his works, as well as some words he shared with us about his artistry.  Continue reading