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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for more than a decade and he’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the DawnBreaker Collective and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of MANA albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the Building Momentum and Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Celebrating Six Years of Baha’i Blog!

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I can’t believe it’s now been six years since a few of us got together and launched Baha’i Blog, a site aimed at sharing and creating content that explores and celebrates the Revelation of Baha’u’llah through various avenues of media including articles, video and audio.

We set out on this Baha’i Blog journey with an approach of ‘learning through action’, and we continue to meet regularly in order to plan, act and reflect on all the things we’re working on. The last six years have truly been an amazing experience with so many great learnings and so much great feedback and help from both Baha’i Institutions and so many individuals and communities in every part of the world. We are extremely grateful to everyone for their continued encouragement and support over the years!

So far we’ve had over 120 contributors to Baha’i Blog, and we’ve published over 1,060 posts to date. We’ve produced over 100 videos, and over 130 audio recordings including talks, music, and even our very own podcast series with Rainn Wilson.

With so much happening here at Baha’i Blog, we thought we’d just share a few of the highlights of some of the things we’ve done over the last year: Continue reading

Audio Reading of the ‘Toward Prosperity’ Document

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This is an audio recording of the Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization statement released by the Baha’i International Community (BIC).

This five-page statement was prepared as a contribution to the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. It includes these powerful words: “Women and men are equal, and always have been.” This document examines prosperity, as it relates to “the economic empowerment of women in the changing world of work” and the BIC states that “while the path towards prosperity has many obstacles, it is also paved with hope.” With the recent release of this statement and the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we wanted to help spread the word about this statement as it offers the leaders of the world a Baha’i perspective on a critical subject.  Continue reading

Year of the Nightingale: A New Album by Luke Slott

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Last year, singer, songwriter and composer Luke Slott wanted to record an album dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place in 2017. To do this, he decided to team up with music producer Kelly Snook and create a 30 day Kickstarter campaign in order to raise enough funds to make the album happen, and let’s just say the show of support was staggering. Within 23 hours of launching the campaign, he met his goal!

The album, aptly titled Year of the Nightingale, has just been completed and Luke is releasing the tracks one at a time on his YouTube channel during the month of the Baha’i Fast.

I decided to catch up with Luke to find out more about the album: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 11: Luke Slott

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Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I interview the wonderful Luke Slott, a Baha’i singer and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland who has an equally wonderful head of hair. We talk about his musical background and how he became a Baha’i; how he first started composing music based on the Baha’i Writings and the new album he’s just released during the month of the Baha’i Fast called Year of the Nightingale, which is dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place this year. He tells us all about the fascinating book he’s currently reading; what personal struggle he’s currently trying to overcome, and what advice he would give to other artists and musicians. He also sings one of the songs from his new album live for us, and shares another one of them at the end of our beautiful conversation. Continue reading

Social Media | A Million Likes Don’t Manifest Love | Raha Lewis

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In this talk produced by Bahaiteachings.org, attorney and entertainment journalist Raha Lewis explores the benefits and the pitfalls of using social media. She explains how she stopped focusing on social media in order to build a true and loving network of real friends, based on this Baha’i teaching: “Love manifests its reality in deeds, not only in words”. Continue reading

Diversity | Inside the Colorful World of a Ballerina | Kayla Taylor

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In this talk, produced by the wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org, Kayla Taylor, a young Black, white and Hispanic ballerina explores the uneasy tension present in non-diverse environments. Kayla explores the lack of diversity in the ballet world and offers, “We must understand that we are one human family, and help teach others the same thing.” She continues, “So I challenge you: look around the room […] If there is an uneven ratio in any category, ask yourself why. And if the reason is unjust, ask yourself how you can change it.”  Continue reading

Service | How I Became Addicted to Helping Others | Travis Van Winkle

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The wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org have recently released a series of webtalks! In this talk, actor and philanthropist Travis Van Winkle shares his spiritual journey to find meaning in his life and to rid himself of self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem. Travis recounts how he encountered the Baha’i Faith and began serving others, which gave his life purpose and a sense of happiness.  Continue reading

Cellar and Sky: An Album by Yosi Mesbah

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I’m so excited about featuring Yosi Mesbah’s album, Cellar and Sky, on Baha’i Blog. It’s a hauntingly honest, uplifting and moving album where her folksy and jazzy timbered voice beautifully sings about dealing with life’s tests and difficulties in a lyrical but down-to-earth way. I can’t help but feel moved when I hear her album, and I had the pleasure of meeting Yosi at the recent Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference in Arizona a couple of months ago. As you know I love asking artists about their creative process and was glad when Yosi agreed to tell us more about her album and her experiences in putting it together. Continue reading