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Beautiful Struggle – A Talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin [AUDIO TRACK]

This is the audio of “Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds”, is a webinar delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre on August 27th, 2017. Dr. Benjamin is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.  Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism & Transforming Words into Deeds – A Talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin

“Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds” is a webinar delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre on August 27th, 2017. Ruha is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.  Continue reading

Universal House of Justice Letter Marking the Dedication of the Battambang Temple

The Universal House of Justice wrote a letter to those gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the world’s first local House of Worship (also called a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, or temple) in Battambang, Cambodia on September 1st, 2017. 

The letter highlights the physical, geographical and spiritual context in which the temple was built. The letter can be read in full on the website for the Universal House of Justice here, and we have also quoted it in-full below. Continue reading

“Beloved Friends” by Friends in Vancouver

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 Vancouver, Canada with Roya, Shadi, Hoda, Sahar, Leif, Stefan, Marie, Nava, Sarah, Michele, Yasmin, Naseem and Geoffrey who sing “Beloved Friends” by the Universal House of Justice. Continue reading

“Beloved Friends” by Friends in Vancouver [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 Vancouver, Canada with Roya, Shadi, Hoda, Sahar, Leif, Stefan, Marie, Nava, Sarah, Michele, Yasmin, Naseem and Geoffrey who sing “Beloved Friends” by the Universal House of Justice. Continue reading

Celebrating the Upcoming Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

The Bab and Baha’u’llah were Twin Manifestations in a spiritual sense, as they both unfurled the Baha’i Dispensation, but also in a temporal sense, due to the closeness of their ages and birthdays. The anniversaries of their birthdays fall on consecutive days; this year, they occur on Saturday, October 21 (the Birth of the Bab), and Sunday, October 22 (the Birth of Baha’u’llah). The Twin Birthdays are always commemorated as Holy Days, anniversaries when Baha’is are asked to suspend work in honor of the occasion’s sanctity.

Early last year, Baha’is around the world were reminded by the Universal House of Justice, the international Baha’i administrative body, that two bicentennial anniversaries were approaching: the 200th birthday of Baha’u’llah, born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran, and the 200th birthday of the Bab, born in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran. Baha’is around the world are taking the opportunity afforded by this year’s Bicentenary to reflect on how our communities can share the teachings of the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

The Verge of the New – A Series of Talks by Steven Phelps

“The Verge of the New” is an eight-part series of talks given by Dr. Steven Phelps at the Norwegian Baha’i Summer School (July 2nd-8th, 2017).

In these talks, Dr. Steven Phelps, an American Baha’i physicist, philosopher and translator, introduces a way of looking at the past and future of religion in the context of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.  Continue reading

Twin Witnesses – A New Book about the Bab and Baha’u’llah by Tom Lysaght

To help Baha’is with their personal bicentennial goals and to help share the story of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, award-winning playwright Tom Lysaght has just published a new short book called Twin Witnesses. Just 35 pages, and only $5, Twin Witnesses is a concise and inexpensive dramatic narrative which looks at the history of the Founders of the Baha’i Faith, the Bab and Baha’u’llah, and it is ideal for sharing with others.

Professor Nader Saiedi wrote that Twin Witnesses is “A captivating account of a dramatic summer that questioned traditionalism and patriarchy, and celebrated the resurrection of the human spirit,” and actor Rainn Wilson wrote, Twin Witnesses is an expertly written look into the parallel histories of the founders of the Baha’i Faith, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. It evokes the spiritual passion and political complexity of mid-nineteenth century Persia in beautiful prose. Makes a GREAT gift for friends of the Faith. I can’t recommend it more highly.”

As soon as I received my copy, I decided to catch up with Tom Lysaght to find out more about the book and why he decided to write it:  Continue reading

The Soul-Stirring and Purpose-Driven Works of Ian Artistry

Ian Artistry is a multi-talented and exquisitely detail-oriented artist. We interviewed him previously about his documentary, Holy Recollections, and he’s been busy creating ever since! We’re delighted to share a small gallery of some of his recent projects followed by his thoughts about his work, what inspires him, and what he hopes you will take away from his art. Continue reading

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