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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

Book About Robert Sengstacke Abbott for Young Readers by Susan Engle

I first collaborated with Susan Engle when we showcased her tiny prayer book and her tiny introduction on the Baha’i Faith — truly, they’re really tiny books! I was excited to see that Susan, an accomplished writer of stories, poems and songs for children, has a new book out! It’s called Robert Sengstacke Abbott: A Man, a Paper, and a Parade. I’m afraid to admit I had never heard of Robert Sengstacke Abbott so I was happy to learn a little bit about him, and to hear about the book, from Susan herself! Here’s what she shared with us:

Baha’i Blog: Hi Susan! It’s great to interview you again! To begin, what inspired you to put this book together?

A friend of mine who lives in the Chicago area, Bonnie Taylor, went to a presentation about Robert Sengstacke Abbott given by his great niece, Myiti Sengstacke Rice. Bonnie has a special passion for race unity (she compiled the book Pupil of the Eye), and when Ms. Rice hoped that someone would write a biography for young people about his life, Bonnie got in touch with me to help make Ms. Rice’s wish come true. There is a very large parade in Chicago every year that Mr. Abbott began especially for African American kids. Millions of kids have attended the parade over the years, but they don’t know much about the man who started it all. I was just retiring from work with Brilliant Star children’s magazine and was feeling in need of creative projects. I’d written several two- and three-page biographies for the magazine over the years, but not a full-length book. I felt a little nervous about taking it on. Bonnie had confidence that I could do a good job, so I said I’d give it a try.

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Neuroscience, Ethics, and Religion: Moving Beyond Coexistence (ABS 2018 Panel Discussion)

“Neuroscience, Ethics and Religion: Moving Beyond Coexistence” is a panel discussion that was delivered by Gillian Hue, Karen Rommelfanger, Paul Root Wolpe and chaired by Tara Raam at the Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) in August 2018. The panelists provide an introduction to neuro-ethics within the context of science and religion. The panelists share their thoughts on the diversity of learning among scientific disciplines, and how values affect scientific inquiry. They discuss how the methods and technologies of neuroscience address mental health, and the role religion might play in the discourse on mental health and suffering. To conclude, they answer questions from the audience about consciousness, justice and trauma, and about the nature of ethics.  Continue reading

The Call of the Divine Beloved – A New Volume of Baha’u’llah’s Writings

A new volume of Baha’u’llah’s mystical writings, The Call of the Divine Beloved, is now available in print and online. Photo courtesy of the Baha'i World News Service.

The Baha’i World Centre has announced that a new volume of Baha’u’llah’s mystical Writings is now available and can be read online on the Baha’i Reference Library! Titled The Call of the Divine Beloved, the volume features five previously untranslated Writings, including a poem revealed during His time in the Black Pit of Tehran.  Continue reading

Projection: A New Album by Sinnober

I have never been very good at discovering music on my own: books and reading are more my forte. When it comes to music I blindly follow the recommendations of others. When I heard of Sinnober and that one of its track’s titles was inspired by the Writings of the Baha’i Faith, my ears were definitely curious and I checked them out! I’m so glad I did!

The band is made up of Natalie and Sebastian Brice and Sebastian agreed to tell us a little about the band and their latest album, Projection. Here’s what he shared — I hope you enjoy our conversation!  Continue reading

The Crimson Academy: An Online Resource for Studying the Baha’i Writings

It’s been awesome to witness more and more Baha’i-inspired study guides appear online as individual initiatives, all with their own flavours and variety of resources! One of the newest to hit the online space is called The Crimson Academy and it’s the loving work of Ehsan Bayat. Ehsan reached out to Baha’i Blog to tell us about his online courses:  Continue reading

We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 2)

Baha’i Blog’s mission is to create, celebrate and explore Baha’i-inspired content, artistic expression and the use of various avenues of media, and one of the ways we explore Baha’i-inspired content is also through worn apparel, like our t-shirts!

It’s always exciting to see people wearing our shirts and we love hearing about the impact they’re having, so we’ve decided to showcase some of the images shared with us in this collection called “We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 2)”. You can see part one of this collection here: We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 1)

This year we launched our “World Citizen” design, which, along with all our other designs, are available at our online shop! We only create a limited number of shirts in each design and they’re selling fast! Some sizes are already sold out so it’s best not to wait, especially if you’re thinking of gifting the shirts this Ayyam-i-Ha! The shirts are sold with free global shipping, so you can order them from anywhere in the world, and all sales go towards helping Baha’i Blog keep creating Baha’i-inspired content!

Thank you all for sharing these images with us, and if you’d like to share images of you and your friends and family wearing Baha’i Blog apparel, please send them to us at [email protected]

Thanks to everyone for supporting Baha’i Blog, and without further ado, here’s “We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel (Part 2)”! Continue reading