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19 Images of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia

The Baha’i temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia has just been inaugurated and we’re buzzing with excitement!

This Baha’i temple, also known as a House of Worship, is the world’s second local Baha’i House of Worship, and to celebrate we’ve decided to share a collection of 19 sweeping and intimate photos of the temple and some of the guests at its inauguration found on Instagram. (If you’re curious to read more about Baha’i temples and their significance, we wrote about it here, Baha’i Temples: A Brief Introduction.)

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Life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney

In this talk given by Mona Khademi at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (USA), we learn about the life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and her connections with Iran and Iranians. Mona discusses Laura’s upbringing and family life, how she heard about the Baha’i Faith, and her travels to Akka and Iran. Mona shares the process behind Laura’s work to compile Some Answered Questions and talks about her marriage to Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney. In this talk, we also learn about Laura’s long life of service to others which was inspired by the principles of the oneness of humanity, and the equality of women and men.  Continue reading

Creating a New Culture for Singles Who Want to Marry

The path to finding a mate for life is not easy. Through my personal life and my work as a marriage and relationship educator and coach, I have seen how perseverance, courage, discernment, and commitment are all essential. We and the world need strong, happy marriages that are fortresses of well-being.

We are not yet living in a world that has established a common pattern of courtship based on the Baha’i Teachings. As a result, individuals and couples are experimenting and trying to find their way – sometimes joyfully and sometimes with more difficulty.

As you know, courtship practices differ greatly from one culture to another, and it is not yet known what pattern of courtship will emerge in the future when society has been more influenced by Baha’i Teachings. However, there is no indication that it will resemble the practices extant in existing cultures…. In this interim period, the friends are encouraged to make great efforts to live in conformity with the Teachings and to gradually forge a new pattern of behavior, more in keeping with the spirit of Baha’u’llah’s Revelation.

The challenge we face is how to engage in patterns of courtship that strive to implement Baha’i principles in a world that is “a bewildering moral environment” and in “a society in which materialism, self-centeredness and failing marriages are all too common.”

So, when we look at what possibly aligns with Baha’i courtship, what is important?  Continue reading

“Ocean of Understanding” by Rachel Dupras

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 Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic with Rachel Dupras who sings “Ocean of Understanding” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Ocean of Understanding” by Rachel Dupras [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 Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic with Rachel Dupras who sings “Ocean of Understanding” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Food for Thought: Food as Medicine | Dr. Shad

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, physician, medical educator and nutrition expert Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH (or Dr. Shad as he is known) talks about his search for a better way to treat disease — and to stay healthy in the first place — by applying the Baha’i principle of the harmony between science and religion. “It is certain,” the Baha’i Wirings say, “that in this wonderful new age the development of medical science will lead to the doctors’ healing their patients with foods.” Those words of Abdu’l-Baha inspired Dr. Shad to become a physician, and to focus his integrative medical practice on healing through the use of food as medicine.  Continue reading

An Interview with Omid Gollmer About ‘The Nightingale Sessions’

Omid Gollmer is the creator behind “The Nightingale Sessions”, a series of devotional videos that put excerpts from the Baha’i Writings to music. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, these videos were made in commemoration of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. (If you’d like to see one, we showcased it on Baha’i Blog’s video section here.)

Omid kindly agreed to tell us a little about these moving musical pieces and the production of their videos. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

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Dedication of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia

On Sunday, 22 July 2018, more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate a historic moment, as the first Baha’i House of Worship in Colombia opened its doors to all. Greetings from the authorities of Villa Rica, talks, music and traditional dances were all a part of the dedication event that gave way to groups visiting the House of Worship in a spirit of reverence and deep joy. The Inauguration of the House of Worship marks a new stage in the development of Baha’i Faith in Colombia. (*NOTE: Click on the “cc” button for English subtitles.) Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 29: Billy Roberts

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 interview Billy Roberts, a dear friend who’s a therapist by profession, and who has also served in a variety of capacities on a number of Baha’i Institutions. He was also behind an initiative called the ‘Baha’i Black Mens Gathering’, so in this conversation Billy tells us about the Black Mens Gathering, what he’s learned by serving on various Baha’i Institutions, and how he became a Baha’i. We also talk about the benefits of therapy, ideas around culture and identity, and some of the lessons we can all learn from the African-American experience.

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