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Women Inspiring Women in Baha’i History: Tahirih’s Lineage

On March 8th, we celebrate “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women” and acknowledge the urgency of “accelerating gender parity.” As much as International Women’s Day is a celebration, it is also a monument to centuries of discrimination.

For as long as systemic discrimination has quashed individuals’ potential, some have refused to accept their assigned inferiority. Wherever sexism has caged women, resistance has arisen. Countless such efforts have gone unrecorded, lost to history, leaving humanity only scattered memories of women who spearheaded social transformation.

Yet, stirred by Baha’u’llah’s teachings on the equality of women and men, Baha’is have a tradition of recording women’s contributions. Thanks to the efforts of Baha’i historians, we can enjoy lengthy biographies of groundbreakers: Lua Getsinger: Herald of the Covenant, Martha Root: Lioness at the Threshold, and From Copper to Gold: The Life of Dorothy Baker. We can also read briefer portraits of prominent women like Hands of the Cause Keith Ransom-Kehler and Amelia Collins in collections such as A Love Which Does Not Wait and Portraits of Some Baha’i Women.

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Rising Generations: Weaving a New Tapestry of Community Life

Rising Generations: Weaving a New Tapestry of Community Life is a short film by Kyle Schmalenberg in collaboration with the Baha’i International Community. The video explores themes such as the period of youth, service to others, and community life and it was made to accompany a recent statement by the Baha’i International Community by the same name.  Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World: Collection 7

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, and accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.   Continue reading

A Reflection on Our Eating Habits and the Environment

Since the Fast is an ocean of opportunities to raise our awareness and develop our capacities, what about thinking of our eating habits and choices?

I was shocked when I read that Cuba, back in 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed, experienced a massive food shortage and surprisingly the health of Cubans drastically got better. This was basically because they were eating just enough and there were barely any processed foods. Additionally, I stumbled upon research that shows how since Chinese people started consuming processed foods, roughly 92 million Chinese today suffer from Type II diabetes, which was a disease that was not known to their country until recently.

In 2005, worldwide processed food sales were $3.2 trillion, accounting for 75 percent of total food sales. In comparison, $400 billion was spent on fresh fruits and vegetables.

When I read this, I started thinking… Is it possible that a big part of human health issues is related to a misconception of the amount and kind of food we eat? Have we maybe taken for granted the huge role food plays on our health?

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“Behold Thy Beauty” by Andreas & Amal

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 Tilburg, in the Netherlands with Andreas Ising and Amal Sarehane who sing “Behold Thy Beauty” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Behold Thy Beauty” by Andreas & Amal [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 Tilburg, in the Netherlands with Andreas Ising and Amal Sarehane who sing “Behold Thy Beauty” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

How Baha’is Build Communities to Fight Racism and Violence | Syda Segovia Taylor

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, inner-city Chicago activist leader Syda Segovia Taylor shares how she lost four of her students to gun violence and in this riveting talk, she organizes for a path toward healing. To heal the illnesses of her community, Taylor discusses how she brought a range of concerned organizations together to address racism, violence and mental health, applying the Baha’i teachings to capacity-building for individuals, organizations and institutions in her neighborhood.  Continue reading

Conquering My Fear of Fasting

For a number of years I experienced fear and anxiety prior to and during the Fast. This year, I reflected on it and asked myself, “why do I fear the Fast, and why do I associate it with negative emotions?” If I don’t do something about it then the fear will stay with me for my whole life till I turn 70. The Fast is one of the two important pillars of a spiritual life: the other being Obligatory prayers. I always fasted for the love and fear of God, but I have also endured fear and anxiety during the Fast. We are assured that every hour of the Fast is endowed with a special virtue – if all I am feeling is fear and anxiety then how can I make myself receptive to these special gifts? Continue reading

“The Oneness of Humankind: What is it and Why Should We Care?” a Talk by Payam Akhavan

In this talk titled ‘The Oneness of Humankind: What Is It and Why Should We Care?’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on how the oneness of humankind, one of the central principles of the Baha’i Faith, is more than simply a lofty idea, but rather is a matter of existential necessity for our survival as a species. Continue reading

“The Oneness of Humankind: What is it and Why Should We Care?” a Talk by Payam Akhavan [Audio]

In this talk titled ‘The Oneness of Humankind: What Is It and Why Should We Care?’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on how the oneness of humankind, one of the central principles of the Baha’i Faith, is more than simply a lofty idea, but rather is a matter of existential necessity for our survival as a species. Continue reading

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