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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

The Spiritual Power of the Feminine Qualities | Emily Baldoni

In this talk produced by Bahaiteachings.org, actress and activist Emily Baldoni speaks about the 35-hour drug-free home birth of her daughter and what it taught her about the strength of her own femininity. In that gruelling process, she realized the power of her qualities of love, peace and compassion. Using the Writings of the Baha’i Faith, Emily proposes ways those crucial feminine traits, so very often belittled and devalued, can help us all—men and women—seriously question and redefine the way we relate to power and advance civilization. Continue reading

Not Another Year: #ReleaseBahai7now – A Short Film by the Australian Baha’is

The Australian Baha’i Community has released this short video, called Not Another Year, to raise awareness of the nine year anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website. You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

A Video by the BIC: Not Another Year! – #ReleaseBahai7now

This official video titled Not Another Year! was produced by the Baha’i International Community (BIC) to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders who are being held in prisons for nothing more than being a Baha’i.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website.

You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

“Not Another Year!” – Help Release the 7 Baha’i Leaders Now

It is impossible for me to imagine what it would feel like to be wrongfully imprisoned for nine years. Nine years is such a long time. In that time period, all of my nephews and nieces have been born, friends and family members have passed away, and loved ones have achieved major milestones like completing their educations, winning artistic prizes, and changing careers. Nine years is a long time to miss out on a life that is rightfully yours. Nine years is a long time not to be able to hold a newly-born loved one in your arms, to offer a shoulder of strength during a time of grief, or to watch a child blow out their birthday cake candles.

It is with heavy hearts that on May 14, we mark the 9th anniversary of the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders of Iran (known as the Yaran, which means “the Friends”). These seven Baha’is made up the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983), and they were arrested and have been imprisoned since 2008 for nothing more than being Baha’is. Currently, about 90 Baha’is are also imprisoned for their beliefs.

We all can lend a voice in helping to end this injustice and to bring attention to the plight of the Baha’is in Iran and those who suffer human rights violations. In observance of the ninth anniversary of the Baha’i leaders’ incarceration, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign in which we can all participate.  Continue reading

House of Worship of Norte del Cauca News Bulletin #1

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Colombia have released the first news bulletin documenting the exciting developments of their local house of worship in Norte del Cauca! The video presents a summary of the advancements made in the construction process of the House of Worship, a project that is nurturing in all—children, youth and adults—an appreciation for the importance of a life that is centered in worship and service.  Continue reading

Changing the World, One Wall at a Time – The Trailer

#EducationIsNotACrime has released the trailer for their anticipated documentary Changing the World, One Wall at a Time! #EducationIsNotACrime is the world’s biggest street art campaign. Its aim is to raise awareness of the denial of education of the Baha’is in Iran and this film captures the art and spirit behind their visually stunning global fight against injustice and human rights violations.  Continue reading

Jena Khadem Khodadad’s ‘The Dynamics of Growth’

A unique Baha’i book is now available! It’s called The Dynamics of Growth: Scientific Principles at Work in the Worldwide Advancement of the Baha’i Faith. This study, written by Jena Khadem Khodadad, offers a novel perspective: it looks at growth in the Baha’i community using scientific principles. It is a book that marries, in its very content, science and religion.

A book like this does not come along every day, so I was very curious to find out more. Thankfully, Jena Khadem Khodadad kindly agreed to be interviewed. Here’s what she shared with us:

Baha’i Blog: Thank you, Jena, for chatting with us! To begin, could you please tell us a little about yourself and your work as a scientist?

My doctoral degree is in biological sciences (cell and molecular biology) from Northwestern University. My academic career as faculty of Rush (Chicago) medical college has centered on teaching cell biology and neuroscience to medical and graduate students and research on the molecular structure and properties of biological membranes. I have presented the results of my research at national and international scientific forums and published in scientific journals. A diversity of other areas of study interest me, among them: religion and spirituality, neuroscience of consciousness, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion, and interfaith understanding.

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