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The Divine Springtime: A Personal Reflection

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Perhaps you live in a place like I do where the weather is a big topic of conversation. You could be in line at the market or among friends. No matter the situation: casual talk always begins with a commentary on the weather of the hour and its forecast.

As the Fast draws to a close, Baha’is celebrate the New Year when the vernal equinox begins in Tihran, the cradle of the Baha’i Faith. While snowstorms may still rage in my corner of the world and while any greenery is still dormant and hidden, spring has nevertheless sprung. One of my favourite Writings is:

The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new.

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Audio Reading of the ‘Toward Prosperity’ Document


This is an audio recording of the Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization statement released by the Baha’i International Community (BIC).

This five-page statement was prepared as a contribution to the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. It includes these powerful words: “Women and men are equal, and always have been.” This document examines prosperity, as it relates to “the economic empowerment of women in the changing world of work” and the BIC states that “while the path towards prosperity has many obstacles, it is also paved with hope.” With the recent release of this statement and the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we wanted to help spread the word about this statement as it offers the leaders of the world a Baha’i perspective on a critical subject.  Continue reading

Gender Equality: Not Just a Women’s Issue, But a Human Issue | Justine Finn

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In this talk produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Justine Finn, the founder and director of Relation-Shift, which works to address gender and sexual violence against middle and high-school aged youth, talks about addressing and recognizing destructive gender biases. Even now, rigid gender roles hold back women and men. So how do we get to gender equality? If we celebrate our shared humanity and both the feminine and the masculine, all of our lives will be improved. Continue reading

My 7 Tips for Fasting When You Have Young Children

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The fast is beautiful, spirituality refreshing and hard…and it can get so much harder when you become a parent! Suddenly you not only have to fast but now you have to a be a good parent at the same time (something that can feel pretty impossible even when we’re fully nourished). This year I’ve given myself seven strategies for fasting with three kids with as much mindfulness, patience and good-humour as possible.  Continue reading

“I Adjure Thee” by Shadi, Hoda & Leif [Audio Track]

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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is 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 Shadi Toloui-Wallace, Hoda Toloui-Wallace and Leif Thorseth who sing “I Adjure Thee” from the Writings of the Bab. Continue reading

Year of the Nightingale: A New Album by Luke Slott

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Last year, singer, songwriter and composer Luke Slott wanted to record an album dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place in 2017. To do this, he decided to team up with music producer Kelly Snook and create a 30 day Kickstarter campaign in order to raise enough funds to make the album happen, and let’s just say the show of support was staggering. Within 23 hours of launching the campaign, he met his goal!

The album, aptly titled Year of the Nightingale, has just been completed and Luke is releasing the tracks one at a time on his YouTube channel during the month of the Baha’i Fast.

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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 11: Luke Slott


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 the wonderful Luke Slott, a Baha’i singer and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland who has an equally wonderful head of hair. We talk about his musical background and how he became a Baha’i; how he first started composing music based on the Baha’i Writings and the new album he’s just released during the month of the Baha’i Fast called Year of the Nightingale, which is dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place this year. He tells us all about the fascinating book he’s currently reading; what personal struggle he’s currently trying to overcome, and what advice he would give to other artists and musicians. He also sings one of the songs from his new album live for us, and shares another one of them at the end of our beautiful conversation. Continue reading

How the Power of Music Heals Racism | Eric Dozier

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In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, cultural activist, singer, songwriter and educator Eric Dozier talks and sings about his passion for the power of music to promote healing, justice and racial reconciliation. Eric tells the story of Sam Cooke’s 1963 song “A Change is Gonna Come”, which drew its inspiration from the righteous rage born of discrimination and oppression. Dozier, the former director of the Harlem Gospel Choir, explores how music can act as a window to the soul and create instant community and he challenges us all to get creative together.  Continue reading

Dedicating the Fast to a Goal

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Every year during March Baha’is observe a 19 day Fast. According to Abdu’l-Baha, fasting symbolizes detachment from earthly things. It is my understanding that fasting is a time for aligning our inner compass with God’s will and getting a grip on our lower nature.

Physical fasting is a symbol of that abstinence, and is a reminder; that is, just as a person abstains from physical appetites, he is to abstain from self-appetites and self-desires.

It seems like the Fast is a perfect time to challenge our insistent self, set some goals and start a journey towards a destination. So why not dedicate the period of Fast for a specific purpose?  Continue reading

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