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Dreams: The Language of the Soul – A Talk by Dr. Reza Samvat [Audio Track]

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk titled “Dreams: The Language of the Soul” given on September 27, 2018, Dr Reza Samvat explores the meaning of dreams and what they tell us about our souls. Dream interpretation, he offers, can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, sanctifying the heart, acquiring virtues, and minimizing prejudice.  Continue reading

The Residue of Memory & the Clarion Call of Truth: Healing Through Reclamation and Art – A Talk by Masud Olufani

In this talk and performance arts piece, Masud Olufani explores his responsibility as an artist and as a Baha’i to bear witness to what has been erased. Masud is an multidisciplinary artist and activist, and in this video from the 2018 Association for Baha’i Studies conference that was held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), he shares aspects of his piece, Blocked at Five Points, a site-specific installation created to memorialize the enslaved Africans bought and sold at the Crawford Frazier Auction House, which once stood on the grounds of Atlanta’s Five Points MARTA station. He then deconstructs the piece and discusses his obligations and responsibilities to remind us of the truth and to create a touchstone for reconciliation and healing.  Continue reading

My Thoughts on a Coherent Approach to Dating

I got married about 8 months ago but I realise I have no advice yet to give on marriage itself. I am a bit clueless and my husband and I are just trying to deepen our very limited understanding of what marriage is and how to keep building our fortress of well-being. Marriage is a beautiful adventure that we cherish and enjoy so much, and I know many of us also want to embark on this journey. However, it is the pre-courtship and courtship phase that many of my friends have challenges with. How many times have you said or heard someone say, “there is no one, no one I could get to know in the Baha’i community or elsewhere”?   Continue reading

“O Son of Dust” by Naim, Miad & Justus

Baha’i Blog’s “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 Tilburg, in the Netherlands with Naim Pilon, Miad Badiee and Justus Bos who sing “O Son of Dust” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“O Son of Dust” by Naim, Miad & Justus [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “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 Tilburg, in the Netherlands with Naim Pilon, Miad Badiee and Justus Bos who sing “O Son of Dust” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Stories of Baha’u’llah – Generous Heart

“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Clark Donnelly and Mary Darling of Westwind Pictures. You may have already seen their work, such as The Baha’is, or Tablets of the Divine Plan. In each video in this sweet and sincere series, a child tells us a story about Baha’u’llah.

This particular video is called “Generous Heart” and we learn about how magnanimously selfless Baha’u’llah was in His generosity.  Continue reading

A Resource Website for Studying the ‘One Common Faith’ Document

Shahin Sobhani and a team of friends have put together a fantastic website for anyone who would like to study One Common Faith, a document released by the Universal House of Justice about unity and the role of religion in today’s societies.

It’s always useful and exciting when study materials are created to help us study Writings, guidance and letters from the Universal House of Justice (here is a short list of other materials you can find online to help you in your studies of the Baha’i Faith). Shahin and his friends took the initiative to create a website, onecommonfaith.net, dedicated to this profound document and I was eager to learn more about it. Here’s what Shahin shared with me:  Continue reading

Trailer for the Documentary ‘An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition’

This video is the trailer for the one-hour documentary titled An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition. Produced by the National Center for Race Amity and co-sponsored by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. This film examines many little known examples of racial amity and conciliation in the United States. Its thesis is that close cross-racial and cross-cultural amity has been a part of virtually every critical advance in access and equity in America’s racial history. This other tradition has served as the moral and spiritual counterweight to the dominant tradition of racism that occupies so much of our national history. It is empowering to both European and non-European Americans, and enlarges the critical mass of concerned people from all racial and cultural backgrounds who can make race amity and equity a priority in their lives.  Continue reading

Papua New Guinea Baha’i House of Worship: An Interview with the Architects

I grew up in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and it holds a special place in my heart. I was especially excited when the design of its Baha’i House of Worship was revealed several months ago, and you can read a news story all about the design here

This House of Worship will be one of two national Baha’i Houses of Worship (also often referred to as temples) to be constructed in the world in the coming years, signifying a new milestone for the Baha’i world community.

Henry Lape (left) and Saeed Granfar, Architects of the National Baha’i House of Worship of Papua New Guinea.

It’s incredible to see the uniqueness of the Houses of Worship around the world, and Papua New Guinea’s temple is no exception: it is unlike all the others, yet it is faithful to its surroundings.

Henry Lape and Saeed Granfar are the collaborating architects behind the temple’s stunning design, and I was so excited when these two dear friends agreed to chat with us about the temple. Here’s what they had to say:  Continue reading

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