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The Tree of Unity – A Baha’i-Inspired Short Film

In this short film, titled “The Tree of Unity”, two young Sri Lankan women have a conversation about a tree as a symbol for the interconnectedness of humanity,
and how Baha’is are working towards the unity of humankind.

The film was shot in the rural villages around Dickoya, in the tea estates of Sri Lanka. The Dickoya cluster currently has more than 1,000 Baha’i activities and the actors seen in the film are all Baha’is. This video is in Tamil, the most widely spoken language of Sri Lanka, but English subtitles are provided. 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

Cozy Corner – A New Video Series for Kids

Some of the 'Cozy Corner' friends. From left to right: Mrs. Flutterby, Squirrel, Trudy, Rory and Max. (Photo: Sarah Nolen)

I’m very excited to introduce everyone to Cozy Corner, a new online video series aimed at helping children, and their adults, explore the qualities and skills needed to cultivate loving relationships, welcoming communities, and a healthy planet.

Cozy Corner originally started as an interactive puppet show a couple of years ago, but in response to the global pandemic the Cozy Corner team quickly brought the show online.

I caught up with the creator and producer of Cozy Corner, Faye Dupras, to find out more about this wonderful initiative, but before we get to the interview, check out the Cozy Corner Trailer below: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 52: Dara Feldman

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 joined by award-winning educator, author and speaker, Dara Feldman, who served as the Director of Education for the Virtues Project for seven years. We talk about food shaming, the power of the 12-step program, and all the ways the virtues can be incorporated into all aspects of our lives. She tells me how she became a Baha’i, her passion for restorative justice, what’s she’s working on now, and her recent experience in India at the largest school in the world. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! 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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