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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 22: Ruha Benjamin

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 sit down with Dr. Ruha Benjamin, a mother, a scholar, an author and associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, who writes and speaks about science and technology, race and inequality. Ruha and I talk about racist robots and the use of technology, the relationship between unity and justice, the Marshall Islands and the example of her parents, Star Trek, marriage as a soul growing machine, and how bringing about social change also needs to consider the spiritual reality of things. We also look at the importance of independent investigation of truth and the need to challenge our own assumptions, plus the wonderful example of Abdu’l-Baha and how He challenged the status quo. I hope you enjoy the conversation! Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism & Transforming Words into Deeds – Ruha Benjamin (ABS 2017)

“Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds” is a talk delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Orange County, California in August 2017. Dr. Benjamin is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.

In this talk, Dr. Ruha Benjamin shares how we can figure out what our role is, how we can understand the ways through which we see the world, and how we can share an understanding of reality through a lens of social science and a lens of spiritual wisdom. Throughout her discourse, she speaks about personal struggles and collective struggles to courageously impart the nobility of humanity. Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle – A Talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin [AUDIO TRACK]

This is the audio of “Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds”, is a webinar delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre on August 27th, 2017. Dr. Benjamin is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.  Continue reading

Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism & Transforming Words into Deeds – A Talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin

“Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds” is a webinar delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre on August 27th, 2017. Ruha is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.  Continue reading

Universal House of Justice Letter Marking the Dedication of the Battambang Temple

The Universal House of Justice wrote a letter to those gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the world’s first local House of Worship (also called a Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, or temple) in Battambang, Cambodia on September 1st, 2017.

The letter highlights the physical, geographical and spiritual context in which the temple was built. The letter can be read in full on the website for the Universal House of Justice here, and we have also quoted it in full below. Continue reading

“Beloved Friends” by Friends in Vancouver

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 Roya, Shadi, Hoda, Sahar, Leif, Stefan, Marie, Nava, Sarah, Michele, Yasmin, Naseem and Geoffrey who sing “Beloved Friends” by the Universal House of Justice. Continue reading

“Beloved Friends” by Friends in Vancouver [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 Roya, Shadi, Hoda, Sahar, Leif, Stefan, Marie, Nava, Sarah, Michele, Yasmin, Naseem and Geoffrey who sing “Beloved Friends” by the Universal House of Justice. Continue reading

Celebrating the Upcoming Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

The Bab and Baha’u’llah were Twin Manifestations in a spiritual sense, as they both unfurled the Baha’i Dispensation, but also in a temporal sense, due to the closeness of their ages and birthdays. The anniversaries of their birthdays fall on consecutive days; this year, they occur on Saturday, October 21 (the Birth of the Bab), and Sunday, October 22 (the Birth of Baha’u’llah). The Twin Birthdays are always commemorated as Holy Days, anniversaries when Baha’is are asked to suspend work in honor of the occasion’s sanctity.

Early last year, Baha’is around the world were reminded by the Universal House of Justice, the international Baha’i administrative body, that two bicentennial anniversaries were approaching: the 200th birthday of Baha’u’llah, born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran, and the 200th birthday of the Bab, born in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran. Baha’is around the world are taking the opportunity afforded by this year’s Bicentenary to reflect on how our communities can share the teachings of the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

The Verge of the New – A Series of Talks by Steven Phelps

“The Verge of the New” is an eight-part series of talks given by Dr. Steven Phelps at the Norwegian Baha’i Summer School (July 2nd-8th, 2017).

In these talks, Dr. Steven Phelps, an American Baha’i physicist, philosopher and translator, introduces a way of looking at the past and future of religion in the context of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.  Continue reading

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