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The Art of Gerry O’Mahoney

Every now and then I come across an artist who I think would be great to showcase on Baha’i Blog’s images section. I reach out and hope they reply. While I wait, my selfishness increases because the more I contemplate their work, the more I get lost in it, and the more eager I become to hear them talk about it. Gerry O’Mahoney is no exception and I am thrilled that he was willing to share a small collection of his work as well as some words about what inspires him, what lies beneath the surface of his paintings, how he became a Baha’i, and what words of encouragement he might offer anyone else thinking of becoming an artist:

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“Infinite Love” by Shay and Camila [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog 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, we’re in Seattle, USA with Shay Morris-Doty and Camila Matamala-Ost who sing “Infinite Love” based on a talk by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Creative Contributions in Honour of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab: Michael Day

This video, created by the Australian Baha’i community, speaks to the creative contributions that have been released into the life of society 200 years since the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. In this video, journalist and writer Michael Day talks about the role of literature and the impact which the Bab had on this creative process. Continue reading

Amami (Love Me) – An Evening with NAIM

“Amami” is the first 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 English by clicking on the “CC” button.

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Amami (Love Me) – An Evening with NAIM [Audio Track]

“Amami”, which translates to “Love Me”, is the first 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 English by clicking on the “CC” button.

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

BWNS: Peaceful Coexistence Only Possible with Full Participation of Women

In the latest video from the Baha’i World News Service, we learn about a discussion on the advancement of women held last week in Sousse, Tunisia. The gathering, organized by the country’s Baha’i community, brought together some 40 people, including religious and civil society leaders, at a “cultural café”—a new kind of emerging forum in which people from every stratum of society meet to exchange ideas and explore insights about the progress of their society. Continue reading

Trust: The Music of Nasim Maani

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with a dear friend named Nasim Maani and her family at the 2019 ABS Conference which took place in Canada. Nasim is a dear friend from when I lived in New Zealand years ago, and although she’s not a professional musician by trade, over the years she decided to channel her passion for music and her passion for the Baha’i Faith into creating Baha’i-inspired music.

We’ve featured some of her music videos here on Baha’i Blog in the past, and I was excited to learn that in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab this Baha’i year, she released two versions of a new song called “Trust” to commemorate this special occasion.

I decided to catch up with Nasim to find out more about this new song and her music in general: Continue reading

Just Kidding, I Respect You: Exploring Conscious Comedy – A Talk by Jordan Raj

“Just Kidding I Respect You – Exploring the Conscious Side of Comedy” is a presentation given by Jordan Raj at the 2018 Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference in Arizona, USA.

Everybody loves a good joke, but do jokes love all people? For centuries the art of comedy has been entertaining audiences, closely responding to the discourses within society. Therefore, in our increasingly aware and conscious social climate, is it necessary for our comedic subtexts to evolve, in order to contribute to a sense of oneness while laughing along the way? In this presentation, Jordan Raj, a member of the Baha’i Blog team, online content creator and communications graduate, shares his thoughts on what makes things funny, he explores what the Baha’i Writings say on topics such as speech and rectitude of conduct, and he offers insights from his own experiences as a comedian and creator of Baha’i Blog’s “WHAT’S THAT WORD” series. Continue reading

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