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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.

Pepe’s Story: A Short Film about Friendship and Service

This short animated film produced by Illumine Media Project is the result of a collective learning process around stop motion, storytelling and the process of writing short stories, characters and scenarios that are uplifting for young people. In this film, Pepe is a 13 year old who lives in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada and learns about service to his community and friendship. Continue reading

‘Women Who Changed the World’: Biographical Stories of Inspiring Women.

Perhaps you’ve already heard Sarah Perceval’s enchanting voice. She has recorded several story-telling audio collections such as Ancient Beauty: Stories from the Life of Baha’u’llah, The Bag of Jewels: A Sparkling Collection of Wisdom Stories Celebrating the Virtues, The Master: Stories of Abdu’l-Baha for Children, and Illumined Youth: Stories of Spiritual Transformation. Her latest project is an album of stories called Women Who Changed the World: Biographical Stories of Inspiring Women. Interwoven with music by Kelly Snook, these audio stories share glimpses of the lives of 10 women from various corners of the world who changed our world for the better — they include Tahirih, Florence Nightingale, and Rosa Parks.

I often get to ask musicians about their albums and their creative processes, but this is my first time interviewing a storyteller. Here’s what Sarah shared with me:  Continue reading

Audio Reading: Universal House of Justice Letter on Economic Life

Baha’i Blog is happy to provide an audio recording of the 1st of March, 2017 letter on economic life from the Universal House of Justice.

You can read the message in full or download it from the website of the Universal House of Justice. This letter, worthy of much study and reflection, relates to our economic lives and its implications for the welfare and prosperity of humanity. Although intended to reach institutions and communities, this letter is directed especially to us all as individuals.

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The Sun of Baha Has Set: Images of Bahji

Every year, Baha’is around the world commemorate the Ascension of Baha’u’llah that occurred on May 29, 1892. Shoghi Effendi masterfully penned this description of what followed in the hours after dawn on that historic day:

The news of His ascension was instantly communicated to Sultan Abdu’l-Hamid in a telegram which began with the words “the Sun of Baha has set” and in which the monarch was advised of the intention of interring the sacred remains within the precincts of the Mansion, an arrangement to which he readily assented. Baha’u’llah was accordingly laid to rest in the northernmost room of the house which served as a dwelling-place for His son-in-law, the most northerly of the three houses lying to the west of, and adjacent to, the Mansion. His interment took place shortly after sunset, on the very day of His ascension.
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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