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Screenprinting for Social Change – The Artistic Works of Melanie King Dollie

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Melanie King Dollie is a California–born creative with a background in printmaking and cultural anthropology. Having lived and worked in China, Israel, Latin America, and currently living in Sydney, Australia, she’s passionate about the exploration and use of the arts in helping with social change, so it’s no wonder that Melanie and I hit it off straight away when we fist met recently in Sydney.

Melanie agreed to be interview by Baha’i Blog about her art and the ideas behind her work: Continue reading

Empowering Junior Youth | Emily Goshey | TEDx

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In this TEDx Hillsborough Library talk, Emily Goshey describes the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP). She discusses its core values and shares some of the lessons learned in the group she animates. If you’ve already watched our 57 second introduction to the JYSEP, and are curious for more information, this video is comprehensive and well articulated. Continue reading

Religion: A Cause of Prejudice?

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For many people, the heading of this article will seem absurd. “Religion: A cause of prejudice?” well of course it’s a cause of prejudice, they will state, why bother with a question mark. You only have to pick up the paper, or read any history book to see the horrific injustices caused in the name of religion.

But does any label, including “Baha’i”, foster religious prejudice? Continue reading

The Dawning Place: A Book by Bruce Whitmore

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Every single one of the world’s seven (soon to be eight) Baha’i Houses of Worship is unique – unique in history, in design and in surroundings. But the one thing they all share in common is that they are The Dawning Places of the Mention of God.

I have always wanted to visit the Wilmette Temple. I don’t think photos can do justice to its utmost majesty, its intricate ornamentation, and the feeling of awe one must feel when standing in its presence.

American author Bruce Whitmore’s work The Dawning Place explores the very wonders of this House of Worship, providing a chronological account of events from before the Temple’s construction through to the present day. We spoke to Bruce to find out about him and his book, which is now in its second edition. Continue reading

Haka Performance at New Zealand Summer School

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In this video, some of the youth attending the New Zealand North Island Baha’i Summer School (Dec 26-31, 2015) practice and perform the Maori Haka in honor of the guest speakers and all those attending the summer school.

“The haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Maori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.[1] Continue reading

The Power of Our Thoughts

The Power of Our Thoughts

It is often said that our thoughts shape our reality, and that what we think, we become. But is there really a link between our thoughts and our reality?

Does meditating on visions of future success, for example, really do anything to address the very real obstacles that you face in your daily life?

Some people are firm believers that positive thinking works wonders, while others are more skeptical. Continue reading

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