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The Land of No Hats: A Short Film About Forgiveness

This short animated film produced by Illumine Media Project is the result of a collective learning process about stop motion, storytelling and how to create short stories, characters and scenarios that are uplifting to young people. In this film, when the magic climate-controlling bubble bursts, the Rollies of Quazioballis are affected by the extreme February cold and class divisions arise. One young exiled Rolly named Rolnaldo comes up with a wonderful invention to battle the cold, but this forces all the Rollies to grapple with questions around forgiveness and service.  Continue reading

An Interview with Ramine Yazhari About ‘Rejoice’

Ramine Yazhari has released a devotional album in honour of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. The album is titled Rejoice and its melodies are soaring (you can stream it here on Bandcamp). Last year, Ramine released a single called ‘This Newborn Child’ and I listened to it over and over and over again, finding inspiration each time I heard it. You may also recognize Ramine’s voice from his devotional album dedicated to the centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s travels to the West, Long Journey. I was glad to learn that Rejoice had been released and Ramine very graciously agreed to tell us a little about how the album came together. I hope you enjoy our conversation:

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“Find Me” by Sahar and Hoda [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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 Vancouver, Canada with Sahar Zandieh and Hoda Toloui-Wallace who sing “Find Me” based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Mutual Support and Assistance

Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

The materials prepared for the 114 youth conferences held around the world in 2013 tell us that youth have a great responsibility to contribute to the betterment of society. Their efforts are more effective if they are able to multiply their society-transforming powers by developing the capacity to create an atmosphere of mutual support and assistance among themselves and in their communities. This can complement their reliance on God’s unfailing assistance and act as a positive force that helps them overcome the negative forces in society which attempt to sap their powers and lead them astray from their purpose.  Continue reading

What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes – A Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan

In this talk titled ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, talks about his personal experience as a refugee and as a Human Rights lawyer, and he shares how the execution of a young Baha’i woman in Iran would change the course of his life forever. Continue reading

What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes – A Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan [AUDIO]

In this talk titled ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, talks about his personal experience as a refugee and as a Human Rights lawyer, and he shares how the execution of a young Baha’i woman in Iran would change the course of his life forever. Continue reading

Stories of Baha’u’llah: A Hermit’s Hospitality

“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Clark Donnelly and Mary Darling of Westwind Pictures. You may have already seen their work, such as The Baha’is, or Tablets of the Divine Plan. In each video in this sweet and sincere series, a child tells us a story about Baha’u’llah.

In this particular video, called “A Hermit’s Hospitality,” we hear about a hermit who hosted Baha’u’llah for three days and who delighted in His company.  Continue reading

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