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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.

Why Your True Calling Might Require a Break from Tradition | Melody Ehsani

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In this talk, produced by the wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org, Baha’i fashion designer Melody Ehsani recounts a time when she was at a deep spiritual crossroads and when she questioned everything, including her purpose, her role and the existence of God. She learned to meditate and found a way to put questions to her higher self. That spiritual practice, along with the Baha’i Faith’s teachings, gave her the confidence to follow her own path.  Continue reading

The Divine Springtime: A Personal Reflection

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Perhaps you live in a place like I do where the weather is a big topic of conversation. You could be in line at the market or among friends. No matter the situation: casual talk always begins with a commentary on the weather of the hour and its forecast.

As the Fast draws to a close, Baha’is celebrate the New Year when the vernal equinox begins in Tihran, the cradle of the Baha’i Faith. While snowstorms may still rage in my corner of the world and while any greenery is still dormant and hidden, spring has nevertheless sprung. One of my favourite Writings is:

The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new.

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Gender Equality: Not Just a Women’s Issue, But a Human Issue | Justine Finn

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In this talk produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Justine Finn, the founder and director of Relation-Shift, which works to address gender and sexual violence against middle and high-school aged youth, talks about addressing and recognizing destructive gender biases. Even now, rigid gender roles hold back women and men. So how do we get to gender equality? If we celebrate our shared humanity and both the feminine and the masculine, all of our lives will be improved. Continue reading

How the Power of Music Heals Racism | Eric Dozier

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In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, cultural activist, singer, songwriter and educator Eric Dozier talks and sings about his passion for the power of music to promote healing, justice and racial reconciliation. Eric tells the story of Sam Cooke’s 1963 song “A Change is Gonna Come”, which drew its inspiration from the righteous rage born of discrimination and oppression. Dozier, the former director of the Harlem Gospel Choir, explores how music can act as a window to the soul and create instant community and he challenges us all to get creative together.  Continue reading

“Aye Pesar-e-Ruh (O Son of Spirit)” by Seaon, Sasha & Sam

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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in San Francisco, USA with Seaon Shin, Sasha Bayan and Sam Suggs who sing “Aye Pesar-e-Ruh” in Persian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

“Aye Pesar-e-Ruh (O Son of Spirit)” by Seaon, Sasha & Sam [Audio Track]

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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in San Francisco, USA with Seaon Shin, Sasha Bayan and Sam Suggs who sing “Aye Pesar-e-Ruh” in Persian, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

Toward Prosperity: New BIC Statement About the Role of Women and Men

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Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization is a new document 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

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 10: Joy DeGruy

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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 Dr. Joy DeGruy, an internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter living in the United States. We talk about how she became a Baha’i and her research and work creating and developing the concept of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. We also talk about how we can affect change in society, especially when it comes to dismantling racism, and we end our discussion speaking about Joy’s love of fishing. Continue reading

New Letter from the Universal House of Justice on Economic Life

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On 1 March, 2017 the Universal House of Justice wrote a letter to the Baha’is of the World on economic life.

While all letters from the Universal House of Justice merit repeated study and reflection, this letter arrived just as the Fast began, a period unique in its dedication to prayer, meditation, introspection, study and action. I hope the Fast, and the spiritual attributes it helps strengthen, act as a magnifying glass so that I can better understand and implement this recent guidance in my daily life. Continue reading