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The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

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The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) around Christmas time each year, is an exciting annual event packed with great talks and workshops for all ages and with an average of 2,500 attendees.

The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference has been going strong for over 30 years now, and this year’s conference (held from December 23-25) will feature an array of great talks by speakers such as Mr. Fariborz Sahba, architect of the Lotus Temple in India and the terraced gardens surrounding the Shrine of the Bab, Deborah Walters, Justin Baldoni, Sina Mossayeb and many others. There’s also a line-up of talented artists, like KC Porter, JB Eckl, and Eric Dozier, who will be performing.

I’m visiting Phoenix right now, and I was glad to have the opportunity to sit down and chat with Shahin Badiee, who is one of the conference’s organizing committee members, to learn a little about this annual conference.  Continue reading

6 Ways to Make Microsoft Word® More Baha’i Friendly

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All too often I see Microsoft Word® documents where the name of the Faith has been “corrected” to “Baha’I”. And I’m sure all of you have seen documents where the diacritical marks were missing on words like “Bahá’í”, “Bahá’u’lláh” and “‘Abdu’l-Bahá”.

Diacritics are those little marks often placed over, under, or through a letter to show that the letter should be pronounced in a particular way. I know that on Baha’i Blog, the editors have decided to remove all diacritics from words like “Bahá’í” for instance, turning it into “Baha’i” because of the effect diacritics have on what is known as Search Engine Optimization, where those little marks really impact the probability of certain words being found during a Google search for that word online. But in your own Word® documents, if you’re tired of seeing those squiggly little red underlines under words like “Bahá’í” when you do a spell check, then I hope you’ll find these six adjustments useful in making Microsoft Word® more “Bahá’í” friendly. Continue reading

9 Great Books for Mothers

9 Great Books for Mothers

There are more parenting books out there than anyone can possibly read in a single life time. They cover everything from sleep training methods, to speciality gourmet puréed recipes, to yoga for little ones. Since I am an incorrigible bookworm, one of the first things I did when I became a mother was to poll other Baha’i mothers about what books really helped them. The following includes many of their suggestions, as well as a few others I’ve stumbled upon along the way: Continue reading

The Ridvan Message 2016 (173 B.E.)

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

Each year on the first day 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

Register for the Chile Temple Inauguration by 15 May, 2016.

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The erection of the continental House of Worship for South America in Santiago, Chile is quickly moving towards its completion and registration to attend the inauguration of the temple is open. This much awaited and historic occasion will mark a milestone in the development of the worldwide Baha’i community, where Baha’is of South America and the rest of the world, together with their guests, will gather at a dedication ceremony, in celebration of the message of unity brought by Baha’u’llah.

I’ve had quite a few people asking me about the inauguration, and with less than 30 days left to register for the event, I thought it may be useful to post about this in order to both help and remind everyone about this historic occasion.

So here’s some important information about the inauguration of the temple in Chile: Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s Top 10 Audio Posts of the Year

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To wrap up our Top 10 Baha’i Blog lists of the year as a result of our 5th year anniversary, we finish things off with a countdown of the top 10 audio posts added to Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section based on the highest traffic from Naw-Ruz 2015 to Naw-Ruz 2016.

Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section is where we post both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content from others found in the online world (strictly adhering to copyright laws of course). To date we’ve published approximately 100 posts in the Audio Section where you can find everything from Baha’i-inspired talks, to interviews to music, and it’s where we continue to add new items every week!

Here are the top 10 posts in Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section for the year starting the countown from number 10: Continue reading

BahaiChoralMusic.com – A New Site for Baha’i Choral Music, Composers & Choirs

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Baha’i-inspired choral music is continually reaching new heights and choirs are sprouting up in many localities around the world. Baha’is, like people of every Faith, or even no Faith, love music. It brings joy to the soul, lifts the heart and rejuvenates the spirit. Singing together is even more powerful, especially when we’re singing the word of God, and Shoghi Effendi would urge that choir singing by men, women and children be encouraged.
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Baha’i World Centre Re-launches the “Baha’i Media Bank”

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Here at Baha’i Blog, we take the images we use for our articles very seriously. Besides trying our best to choose the ‘right’ type of image for each of our articles, we always make sure that we’re using images that we have copyright permission to use. But it’s not always that easy. It can be especially hard to find certain images relating to the Baha’i Faith, and then when you do find them, you have to somehow find out who owns the image and try to seek permission from the copyright holder to use the image.

That’s why the team here at Baha’i Blog is super-excited about the Baha’i World Centre’s recent re-launch of the “Baha’i Media Bank”! Continue reading

5 Baha’i Books About Marriage

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In the Baha’i Writings we are told that marriage is “a fortress for well-being” and preparation for a lasting union is something we can all benefit from. So whether you’re single and hoping to find a partner, or already investigating someone’s character, I thought it would be useful to put together a short list of books to help you get started in your own preparation to building that fortress. Continue reading