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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and 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 while 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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“The Oneness of Humankind: What is it and Why Should We Care?” a Talk by Payam Akhavan

In this talk titled ‘The Oneness of Humankind: What Is It and Why Should We Care?’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on how the oneness of humankind, one of the central principles of the Baha’i Faith, is more than simply a lofty idea, but rather is a matter of existential necessity for our survival as a species. Continue reading

“The Oneness of Humankind: What is it and Why Should We Care?” a Talk by Payam Akhavan [Audio]

In this talk titled ‘The Oneness of Humankind: What Is It and Why Should We Care?’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on how the oneness of humankind, one of the central principles of the Baha’i Faith, is more than simply a lofty idea, but rather is a matter of existential necessity for our survival as a species. Continue reading

The Art of Lua Shayenne

Award-winning professional choreographer and dancer Lua Shayenne has a burning need to create.

Half Ghanaian, half Italian, born and raised in the Ivory Coast, and now living in Toronto, Canada, Lua draws on the aesthetics and values of West African dance and culture in order to create dance pieces that seek to challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes, and explore current subject matters with the aim to be a catalyst of social change and spiritual progress.

In this short film, Lua shares some of the thoughts and inspiration behind her art. Continue reading

Interview with Former House of Justice Member Hartmut Grossmann

Mr. Hartmut Grossmann, former member of the Universal House of Justice from 2003-2008 passed away on December 17, 2017 after a long and distinguished life in service to the Baha’i Faith and its principles. In its tribute to him, the Universal House of Justice writes: “A distinguished son of an illustrious father, he poured out his life in uninterrupted service to the Cause of Baha’u’llah, as a teacher, pioneer, and member of the National Spiritual Assemblies of Germany and Finland, the Continental Board of Counsellors in Europe, the International Teaching Centre and, ultimately, of the Universal House of Justice.”  Continue reading

Flame of Tests: The Story of Farhang Mavaddat

Mehraeen Mavaddat-Mottahedin’s heartbreaking account of her husband’s suffering of unspeakable persecution, imprisonment and death is now being shared in English from its original in Persian, after 34 years. Flame of Tests: The Story of Farhang Mavaddat is a love story. With courage and tenderness, Mehraeen’s memoir tells the story of her husband, a fifth-generation Baha’i and a chemical engineer respected for his intelligence and upright character, who was arrested, tortured, unjustly tried, and executed simply for his love of Baha’u’llah.

It was my honour to speak with Mehraeen about her book and to learn more about her book.  Continue reading