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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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Race, Gender & Immigration: Working Towards Equality While Avoiding Partisan Politics – A Talk by Layli Miller-Muro

In this talk titled “Race, Gender and Immigration: Working towards Equality While Avoiding Partisan Politics,” Layli Miller-Muro shares a reminder with Baha’is regarding what it says in the Writings about being involved in partisan politics. The Baha’i Writings warn us that “matters political and partisan in character should be carefully avoided” while tasking us with building a New World Order and being actively engaged in “discourse and action intended to bring about constructive social change.” As much as injustice, inequity, and intolerance has been prompted by politics, it would seem that politics is the realm in which to address it. But, the Baha’i Writings give us guidance to the contrary. Layli’s presentation asserts that it is indeed possible to be at the forefront of creating a just society and engaged in many hot-button issues including racism, immigration, and women’s rights, while rising above political debates. 

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Top 10 Baha’i Blog YouTube Videos of the Year!

Over two years ago we launched Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel, where we set out to create our very own original Baha’i-inspired video content. Now, about 200 videos later, we have a variety of content to offer, including informative animations like our What are Devotional Gatherings?, our popular music series called Studio Sessions, Baha’i-inspired talks, our short film series on creatives called The Art Of…, and the funny What’s That Word? series aimed at junior youth.

We are excited to be a part of the steadily growing ecosystem of Baha’i-inspired video content online, and we also contribute to this ecosystem by helping and collaborating with others to make specific videos such as the The Last Time I Saw My Father and the short film Switch.

We’ve been trying to reach 10,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel, and we’re almost there, but could really use your help to get us across the line! YouTube has studios located in different parts of the world, and if we have over 10,000 subscribers, we can gain access to them and hopefully use them for some of our future initiatives, so if you can take a few seconds to help us make this happen by clicking here to SUBSCRIBE, we’d really appreciate it! We’d also be very grateful if you could help us spread the word and ask everyone you know who likes Baha’i Blog to help us achieve this goal too!

So now that that’s out of the way (and thank you so much for helping out with that!) let’s get on with counting down our 10 most popular YouTube videos of the year, from Naw-Ruz 2017 to Naw-Ruz 2018, starting with number one: Continue reading

Cloud9: Leili Towfigh’s Striking Artistic Vision for Race Unity

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 Leili Towfigh, a diverse multidisciplinary artist, philosopher and social justice educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. Leili speaks about the 20+ years she’s spent creatively exploring concepts of beauty, science and the oneness of humanity.  Continue reading

Top 10 Baha’i Blog Video Posts of the Year 2017-2018

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 7th anniversary, we shared a number of round-up posts which celebrate some of our most popular content of the year. So far we’ve posted Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year, our Top 10 Image Posts of the Year, our Top 10 Audio Tracks of the Year, and so now in the spirit of continuing the celebration, it’s time to list our top 10 video posts of the year.

At Baha’i Blog we want to contribute to, and celebrate the ecosystem of Baha’i-inspired content, so when it comes to video, we do two things: Firstly, we produce our own original video content on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel, and secondly, we share curated video content from the online world (always adhering to copyright laws of course) in Baha’i Blog’s Video Section.

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 videos with the most amount of traffic posted to our Video Section from Naw-Ruz 2017 to Naw-Ruz 2018. So let’s begin starting from number 10: Continue reading

New Documentary Film ‘The Gate’: An Interview with Steve Sarowitz

About a year ago I got a call from Rainn Wilson asking me to have a chat with a guy who wanted to create a feature length documentary about the Bab. His name was Steve Sarowitz. He was an entrepreneur and had absolutely no experience in getting a documentary made, plus he had only recently become a member of the Baha’i Faith, but we had an amazing conversation for a couple of hours over the phone about the idea, and I have to say that his enthusiasm and determination for making the documentary was contagious!

Now a year later, Steve actually did it! He made the film, and I’m so excited to let everyone know about it! It’s called The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith, and it’s a visually stunning documentary, rich with interviews and reenactments. It tells the story of the life of the Bab and describes some of His Teachings. Engaging, captivating and creatively put together, this film will be of interest both to those who have heard of the Bab and His Teachings, and those who have never heard of Him.

We just featured Steve Sarowitz on the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson, and I also asked him a few questions to find out more about The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith. Before we get to that, if you haven’t done so already, I recommend you watch the movie’s trailer here, and then move on to the interview:  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 25: Steve Sarowitz

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’m in Chicago, USA with Steve Sarowitz, founder of Paylocity.com, and the Executive Producer of The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith, a new documentary film that tells the story of the life of the Bab, His message, and the origins of the Babi religion. In this conversation, we not only talk about the life of the Bab and this wonderful new documentary, but Steve enthusiastically shares his thoughts on what forgiveness might mean, how he became a Baha’i, what he’s learned from volunteering at the Baha’i House of Worship in Chicago, the concept of progressive revelation, and the importance of sharing the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith with everyone while being careful not to be too pushy. Continue reading

Late King of Samoa Recognized as a Baha’i Throughout the World

This video clip from New Zealand’s Baha’i On Air channel features the late Samoan Head of State, His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II (often referred to as the King of Samoa), who was humbled by a birthday message from the Universal House of Justice, the world governing body of the Baha’i Faith, who acknowledged his devoted service to the people of Samoa and to the world.  Continue reading

A Widening Embrace: New Film about Community-Building Efforts of the Baha’i World

Commissioned by the Universal House of Justice, A Widening Embrace is a new innovative documentary film about the community-building efforts of the Baha’i world, as seen through the eyes of local populations.

The film has just been made available online here via Bahai.org, the official website for the Baha’i International Community.

The Baha’i World News Service (BWNS) reported that the film was screened at the recent 12th International Baha’i Convention in Haifa, Israel, enriching the consultations of the 1,300 delegates present, as many of the themes discussed over the days of the Convention were highlighted in the practical examples presented in the documentary. Continue reading

A Widening Embrace

A Widening Embrace is a new innovative documentary film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice about the community-building efforts of the Baha’i world, as seen through the eyes of local populations.

Across the globe, followers of Baha’u’llah and their friends are striving in earnest to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the advancement of society. A Widening Embrace captures some experiences and insights from a selection of neighbourhoods and villages, in rural and urban settings. Here, a process of building vibrant communities is unfolding through individual and collective action propelled by a commitment to learning, in the words of Baha’u’llah, how to “translate that which hath been written into reality and action.” Continue reading

The Ridvan Message 2018 (175 B.E.)

The Universal House of Justice has just addressed the Baha’is of the world with the latest Ridvan message.

Each year during the Festival of Ridvan, the Universal House of Justice addresses a letter to the worldwide Baha’i community, known as the Ridvan message. These letters touch on many subjects, including the growth and vibrancy of the Baha’i community, its efforts to contribute to the life of society, and the progress of specific projects and plans. Continue reading