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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

An Introduction to the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha

As the Baha’i world prepares to commemorate the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s ascension and anticipates the construction of His shrine and final resting place, the time is ripe to review His talks and writings (which you can find online here at the Baha’i Reference Library). One of His most important writings is the Will and Testament, in which He appoints a successor and provides instructions on the administration of the global Baha’i community. To aid in the study of this crucial document, this article discusses its significance, its historical context, and its main themes. Continue reading

Recognising the Veils and Signs in Our Lives

Baha’u’llah revealed a path to humanity, a path to God for all who wish to walk it. I have been trying to tread this path for over 15 years and have realised that there are things that aid me in this endeavour and also things that thwart my efforts: signs of God and metaphorical veils that keep me from God. Of course, there are many other tools needed on a spiritual journey (prayer, fasting, service to others, and so on) but in this article, I’d like to explore what the signs of God might be, and the veils that hold me back. Continue reading

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