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Make an effort. Make a change | Bayan Smith | TEDxLancasterU

In this talk, Bayan Smith shares how through effort we can make change. He explores the phrase “Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle”.

Bayan dedicates his time alongside friends in promoting a process of community-building in their neighborhood. They see their activities as making a contribution to refreshing and renovating some of society’s decaying values and idle standards. He has also been part of an agency coordinating this process at a national level for the past 3 years.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

“Shine Ye” by Devina & Raneesha Saberi [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, sisters Devina and Raneesha Saberi sing “Shine Ye”, based on an excerpt from a tablet by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

What Happens When Your Faith is Tested – A Personal Reflection

There are many ways in which your faith, your belief in Baha’u’llah and His teachings, can be tested. In its most outwardly violent form, some of us are publicly persecuted, discriminated against, or pressured to recant. Some of us are tested by calamities and intense physical suffering, like the loss of a loved one, or the destruction of everything you own. For some, other people — including other Baha’is — are a test of faith. Who hasn’t experienced difficulties with someone who just “rubs you the wrong way” or whose understanding of a teaching stands in sharp contrast to your own? And we can all be a test to ourselves. I was once asked, “What do you do when there is an aspect of your religion that troubles you? What do you do then?” I mumbled through an answer but studying excerpts from the 19 April 2013 message from the Universal House of Justice has helped me think through my answer to this question more profoundly. Continue reading

#PaintTheChange: New Campaign for Baha’is in Iran

Education Is Not a Crime is back with a brand new campaign for the Baha’is in Iran! #PaintTheChange you want to see in the world: www.paintthechange.me

Education Is Not A Crime mixes old-school street art and shiny new smartphones to fight for human rights in Iran.

The Baha’is are Iran’s largest religious minority. But Iran’s government has persecuted them since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Businesses are torched, people are fired from their jobs, thousands are harassed and jailed, and hundreds have been killed.

The government also bans the Baha’is from teaching and studying in Iranian universities. But they do teach and they do study – in secret.

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Here’s a Baha’i Blog artcile explaining some background to the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran: Some Background to the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

Baha’i Temple Chicago: Aerial Drone Footage

This beautiful aerial footage of the Baha’i temple in Chicago was shot by the Parrot Bebop Drone 3.

You can find out more about the Chicago Baha’i temple from their official website: www.bahai.us/bahai-temple

Also, here’s a Baha’i Blog article about Baha’i temples, also know as Baha’i Houses of Worship: What Kind of Temple is This

Like trivia? Take this Baha’i Blog trivia quiz about Baha’i Houses of Worship: Baha’i Trivia: Houses of Worship

Leonor Dely & Millero Congo “Esto es Fe” Album Promo

This is a short video about Leonor Dely & Millero Congo, a Baha’i-inspired group coming from the musically rich South American nation of Colombia.

Esto es Fe (which is Spanish for “This is Faith”) is the new album from the group, and you may have heard the music of Leonor Dely & Millero Congo in the Frontiers of Learning video in the segment about Colombia.

Esto es Fe is Leonor Dely & Millero Congo’s fifth album, which takes the listener on a spiritual journey that combines drums, vocals, native flutes and harmonies releasing the sounds of Colombia’s rich Afro-Latin heritage. The album is a continuation of four previous albums: Amame, Talisman, Ora Tambo, and Makerule – all produced by Grammy-award winning KC Porter. Continue reading

Esto es Fe: A New Album by Leonor Dely & Millero Congo

Esto es Fe (which is Spanish for “This is Faith”) is the new album from Leonor Dely & Millero Congo, a Baha’i-inspired group coming from the musically rich South American nation of Colombia.

You may have heard the music of Leonor Dely & Millero Congo in the Frontiers of Learning video in the segment about Colombia, and Esto es Fe is Leonor Dely & Millero Congo’s fifth album, which takes the listener on a spiritual journey that combines drums, vocals, native flutes and harmonies releasing the sounds of Colombia’s rich Afro-Latin heritage. The album is a continuation of four previous albums: Amame, Talisman, Ora Tambo, and Makerule – all produced by Grammy-award winning KC Porter.

I decided to catch up with Leonor Dely to find out more about her and the band, and about this wonderful new album: Continue reading

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