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A Personal Reflection on ‘The Prosperity of Humankind’

In 1995 the Baha’i International Community’s Office of Public Information, in Haifa, prepared a statement entitled The Prosperity of Humankind that was distributed for the first time at the United Nations World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen. The statement, based on insights derived from the Baha’i Writings and an analysis of contemporary society, shares some important concepts and principles for building a strategy for global development. I truly loved reading it and thought of sharing my personal views on the statement in the hope it motivates others to study it if you have not done so yet (in can be read in full online or downloaded from the Baha’i Reference Library).  Continue reading

Cloud9: Community Building with Socially-Engaged Art

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 multi-disciplinary conceptual artist Shirin Towfiq. Growing up in a predominantly immigrant suburb of San Diego, Shirin began exploring ideas of displacement and cultural identity at a young age. She first heard about the concept of socially-engaged art while studying at UC Berkeley and was quickly drawn to its philosophy, which engages community members through its creative approach to problem solving. Continue reading

How to Make a Two-Sided Mini Notebook

“Creative Ideas” by Baha’i Blog is where we show you a variety of games and arts-and-crafts that you can use in your activities.

Baha’u’llah says: “Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent.” In acquiring knowledge, perhaps you’ll need to write down some notes. But what if you forgot your notebook? No worries! In this “Creative Ideas” video by Baha’i Blog, Safa shows us how to make a quick double-sided mini notebook. Continue reading

The Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia: A Roundup of Resources

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The Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia has recently opened its doors to all, and in this spirit of celebration, we wanted to share some of the posts and resources relating to this unique edifice. We’ve listed things to read, watch, listen to, and study, so in case you missed them, here are a number of materials about this newly dedicated Baha’i temple: Continue reading

The Life of Hushmand Fatheazam As Told by Fariborz Sahba

Mr. Hushmand Fatheazam, former member of the Universal House of Justice, passed away in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 89 on August 13th, 2013 — five years ago today. I think it would be impossible for me to sum up his vast accomplishments, or describe in detail the brilliance of his character. Instead, I’d like to share what the Universal House of Justice sent to all National Spiritual Assemblies following his passing:  Continue reading

Ebbf Podcast Episode 1: Meaningful Work Experiences & Ideas from Ebbf Members

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as ebbf, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is ebbf’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from ebbf members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In Episode 1 of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast, we hear from Dhairya Pujara about how his need for meaningful work made him leave his job and we learn about the traits of meaningful work that Stephane Zahrai has experienced and suggests other enterprises live up to. Finally, Serge Thill offers an article about his ideas on the principles behind meaningful work. This article is read by South African ebbf member Tahirih Michot.  Continue reading

La cumbia del jardinero: A Song from the Dedication of the Baha’i Temple in Colombia

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“La cumbia del jardinero” is a song that was performed at the dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. It uses the metaphor of a gardener to describe the process of spiritual education, which has been an important feature of the development of vibrant communities in the area. The song describes how the world is like a forest, and gardeners work to expose the sun’s rays to the smallest of plants, allowing them to grow and share their fruits of love and unity with the world.  Continue reading

“Love Is Not…” by Nadia, Zaynab, Fritz & Earl

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 New York, USA with Nadia Affolter, Zaynab Affolter, Fritz Affolter and Earl Henrikson, who sing “Love Is Not…” from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Love Is Not…” by Nadia, Zaynab, Fritz & Earl [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 New York, USA with Nadia Affolter, Zaynab Affolter, Fritz Affolter and Earl Henrikson, who sing “Love Is Not…” from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Garden of Virtues: A Guess-the-Virtue Book for Kids

I love books and I love reading to my young children so I get positively giddy when a new Baha’i-inspired book for children is made available. Chelsea Lee Smith, who we interviewed about her children’s album At First Light and who wrote a great Baha’i Blog article called What I Really Want for Mother’s Day, has authored a new book called Garden of Virtues. It’s a colourful and playful interactive book about virtues, all about gardening. Chelsea graciously took some time to tell us all about it:

Baha’i Blog: What inspired you to create ‘Garden of Virtues?

I wanted to create an interactive book that would give kids a fun way to quiz themselves on how well they knew what virtues look like in real life situations. Garden of Virtues features ten scenarios with three virtues listed that the kids can guess from, and the answer for each scenario’s virtue comes on the next page. The concept came to me last year when our family took a road trip around Australia in our camper trailer. We stayed in a small town in Western Australia for a few weeks where they had a lovely community garden. Our whole family enjoyed the experience of contributing to the garden so much, and I noticed how many character building opportunities there were while working in the garden. That’s what gave me the idea of creating a virtues book with a garden theme.

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