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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.

BWNS: Communities Collaborate to Build Educational Facility with Environmentally Sustainable Technologies

In the latest video from the Baha’i World News Service, we learn how volunteers from the village of Namawanga and the surrounding area joined together in recent months to undertake the construction of an 800-square-meter educational facility for their village. The Kenyan Baha’is, who managed the project, found that years of experience with community-building activities enabled them to create a collaborative environment for this undertaking and to make creative use of locally sourced materials and tools.  Continue reading

The Gate: An Album by Navid Lancaster for the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

Navid Lancaster has produced an orchestral album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. The official website for the bicentenary celebrations around the world, www.bicentenary.bahai.org, gives us glimpses of the diversity of artistic expressions that have flourished from all corners of the planet. We’re also really honoured when people reach out to us and tell us what they’ve been working on such as Navid and his album, The Gate. Here’s what he shared with us: Continue reading

BWNS: Village Chiefs Discuss the Future at Unprecedented Gathering in India

In the latest video from the Baha’i World News Service, we learn about the state of Uttar Pradesh, which recently saw 30 village chiefs, or pradhans, of different religions, castes, and affiliations gather for a constructive and united discussion on their shared responsibility for the prosperity and the spiritual well-being of their people. This one-day conference was organized by the Baha’i community, which is engaged in social and economic development initiatives that address various aspects of community life in the country, especially the empowerment of women. Continue reading

Dimensions of Baha’i Law: A Book by Roshan Danesh

Roshan Danesh is a lawyer, conflict resolution innovator, and educator who has devoted his career to the study of law, particularly Baha’i law. His work, as it is expressed in academic articles or essays, has been pulled together in a newly-published book called Dimensions of Baha’i Law. In recent years the Universal House of Justice has called on the Baha’is to participate in the discourses of society. An anthology such as this one, that collects essays that were published elsewhere in the wider academic sphere, is excellent for anyone interested enriching their understanding of this subject and its wider discourse. Dimensions of Baha’i Law was also recently awarded the 2019 Association for Baha’i Studies Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

Roshan shared with us a little about his book. Here’s a look at our conversation:

Baha’i Blog: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born and raised in Canada. My mother’s parents, an Orthodox Jew and midwestern Catholic, were shunned by both sides of their families after they married. They became Baha’is later in life and passed away before I was born.  Continue reading

Cloud9: Empowering Youth to Share Their Stories Through Film

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 Esther Maloney, a theatre and film actor, director, writer, educator and producer who believes everyone has a story to tell. Continue reading

An Introduction to Ayyam-i-Ha [Audio Version]

Baha’i Blog is delighted to share an audio recording of one of our articles titled, “An Introduction to Ayyam-i-Ha,” in which we learn a little about the significance of this Baha’i festival dedicated to socializing, being hospitable, giving generously to the poor and needy, and preparing for the upcoming month of fasting. This article looks at what Ayyam-i-Ha is, what it means, and how it’s celebrated. The article is read by its author, Sonjel Vreeland. Continue reading