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A is for Allah-u-Abha: A Children’s Alphabet Book by Andrea Hope

Andrea Hope is no stranger to the Baha’i Blog team! In the past, we interviewed her about her spoken word (you can read all about it here). Now she has taken her skills with words to create a book for young children called A is for Allah-u-Abha. Illustrated by Winda Mulyasari, this bright and bold book will help little ones learn spiritual qualities, Baha’i concepts and history such as equality, the Fast, and the station of Abdu’l-Baha as our exemplar.

Andrea lovingly shared how her picture book of poetry came together, the process involved, and what she’s working on now. Here’s our conversation:

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

I publish under the name Andrea Hope, which is my first and middle name. “Hope” comes from my great-grandmother, Virginia Hope Jones, who was the first Baha’i in our family and my spiritual guide. Growing up, I was always quite empathetic toward the plight of humanity. At age 11, I found my first solace in writing poetry with lines like, “If the world were full of blind men what a beautiful sight it would be … we’d be forced to feel, not see.” I remember wondering as a junior youth, “Why would God put me on this earth if there was nothing I could do about suffering?” The Baha’i Faith both relieved and empowered me. I have been working for some time to combine my passion for the arts and children’s education with the needs of the Faith. This has included developing children’s programs for holy days, organizing a theatre performance of the children’s book Rooth Sees a Trooth, creating Baha’i Holy Day memory cards, writing a poetry activity book called I Am & I Can, and now, publishing the picture book A is for Allah-u-Abha. Continue reading

June Perkins Interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival

This interview from the 2019 Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival features author, poet and blogger June Perkins.

Ink of Light is an annual festival that explores and celebrates the work of Baha’i writers and creatives, who all come together to share ideas, learn from one another, and celebrate creative expression.

Dr. June Perkins is a Brisbane-based poet, blogger and children’s author, of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background, raised in Tasmania by Baha’i parents. She utilizes multi-arts and multicultural stories to inspire an enriched sense of belonging and compassion in those who encounter her work. She recently shared Magic Fish Dreaming at the Asia Pacific Triennial Pacific, Summer Program 2019 APT9 and became a member of Mana Pasifika research Institute. She maintains an interest and dedication to promoting diversity in the Australian, Pasifika and Baha’i literary landscapes. Continue reading

June Perkins Interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival [Audio Version]

This interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival 2019 features author, poet and blogger June Perkins.

Ink of Light is an annual festival that explores and celebrates the work of Baha’i writers and creatives, who all come together to share ideas, learn from one another, and celebrate creative expression.

Dr. June Perkins is a Brisbane-based poet, blogger and children’s author, of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background, raised in Tasmania by Baha’i parents. She utilizes multi-arts and multicultural stories to inspire an enriched sense of belonging and compassion in those who encounter her work. She recently shared Magic Fish Dreaming at the Asia Pacific Triennial Pacific, Summer Program 2019 APT9 and became a member of Mana Pasifika research Institute. She maintains an interest and dedication to promoting diversity in the Australian, Pasifika and Baha’i literary landscapes. Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 41: Halldor Thorgeirsson

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode, I’m in Reykjavik, Iceland with Halldor Thorgeirsson, the Chair of Iceland’s Climate Council, and retired Senior Director of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC). We talk about the environment, and Halldor teaches me about how Carbon Matter really matters. He tells me about Iceland, his work, how he became a Baha’i, the importance of consultation and accompaniment, Baha’is who have influenced his life, and the importance of moral leadership and engaging in constructive forces in our society. I hope you enjoy the conversation! Continue reading

Fate che il vostro cuore (Let Your Heart) – An Evening with NAIM

“Fate che il vostro cuore”, which translates to “Let Your Heart” is the second song from ‘An Evening with NAIM’, where Italian singer and songwriter NAIM takes us on a musical journey in this live performance filmed in Genoa, Italy.

The lyrics to this song are taken from the sacred Baha’i Wirings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Check out the full concert where NAIM not only shares these songs, but the inspiration behind them all: Una Serata con NAIM (An Evening with NAIM)

PLEASE NOTE: Subtitles can be found in both English and Italian by clicking on the “CC” button.

Special thanks to NAIM and all those involved in making this happen! Continue reading

Fate che il vostro cuore (Let Your Heart) – An Evening with NAIM [Audio Track]

“Fate che il vostro cuore”, which translates to “Let Your Heart” is the second song from ‘An Evening with NAIM’, where Italian singer and songwriter NAIM takes us on a musical journey in this live performance filmed in Genoa, Italy.

The lyrics to this song are taken from the sacred Baha’i Wirings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Check out the full concert where NAIM not only shares these songs, but the inspiration behind them all: Una Serata con NAIM (An Evening with NAIM)

PLEASE NOTE: Subtitles can be found in both English and Italian by clicking on the “CC” button.

Special thanks to NAIM and all those involved in making this happen! Continue reading

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