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Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World: Collection 9

“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

The Newkind Festival: An Immersive Conference About Social Action

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Erfan Daliri, a Baha’i living in Australia who’s an educator, author, event director and an internationally toured spoken word artist. I had heard Erfan’s ‘Unfazed‘ performance at the Sydney Theatre Company, and when I got to meet him, he told me all about an awesome new initiative he had started called the Newkind Festival, an immersive six day conference in Tasmania, Australia, that brings together thought leaders, innovators, pioneers and inspirational speakers from around the world to build capacity, and inspire participants to make a positive impact on society.

I decided to catch up with Erfan to hear some more about the festival and here’s what he had to say: Continue reading

“Healing Prayer” by Kalim Bartlett [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 Bristol, in the United Kingdom with Kalim Bartlett who sings “Healing Prayer” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 4: Transitioning Towards the Spiritual Enterprise

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from EBBF members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In this fourth episode of EBBF’s #discoveringhow podcast we hear more about the function of spiritual values in companies. Doug Henck gives us practical examples from his career for applying spiritual values in complex global business environments. Marjo Lips-Wiersma new mandates for corporations for responsible conduct as well as profit. First Maja Groff shares her views on justice as a core principle supporting spiritual values.  Continue reading

5 Choirs, 1 Love: A Baha’i Choir Festival in Africa

I was excited when I heard about a recent choir festival that occurred in Johannesburg called “5 Countries, 1 Love”, which was a collaboration of five different choirs from around Africa, who came together to learn and share music with each other and the Baha’i community. They came from Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Africa. Hosted in South Africa by the Joburg Baha’i Choir, the festival was held at the Baha’i National Center in Johannesburg. You may have seen the Joburg Baha’i Choir before, as they participated in Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions with their songs “Be a Baha’i” and “O Thixo”, plus we also featured their “Usifiwe Naw Ruz” music video and their album, Homage.

A few friends who participated in the event told me how uplifting the festival was, so I decided to chat with Page, one of the festival participants, to find out more about it: Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting – A Talk by Dr Melanie Lotfali

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk given on 30 August, 2018 titled “Purposeful Parenting” we hear from Dr Melanie Lotfali about parenting at this challenging time in the history of humanity. She explores such questions as: What is the purpose of parenting? What does it mean to strive to fulfil the potential of our children? What kind of relationship do we want our children to have with the society around them? What value do we assign parenting at a time when the value of so many aspects of our lives is determined by their dollar value?

Drawing on the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith, along with recent scientific research, and personal experience from two decades of parenting, Dr Lotfali provokes reflection on the practical aspects of one of our most sacred responsibilities. Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting – A Talk by Dr Melanie Lotfali [Audio Only]

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk given on 30 August, 2018 titled “Purposeful Parenting” we hear from Dr Melanie Lotfali about parenting at this challenging time in the history of humanity. She explores such questions as: What is the purpose of parenting? What does it mean to strive to fulfil the potential of our children? What kind of relationship do we want our children to have with the society around them? What value do we assign parenting at a time when the value of so many aspects of our lives is determined by their dollar value?

Drawing on the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith, along with recent scientific research, and personal experience from two decades of parenting, Dr Lotfali provokes reflection on the practical aspects of one of our most sacred responsibilities.  Continue reading

Cloud9: Unity, Beauty & Service – Jack Lenz’ 3 Themes for Every Artist

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Canadian producer, composer, and musical director Jack Lenz. Jack shares his theory about three universal themes for artists, inherent and embedded in Baha’u’llah’s Teachings: unity, beauty and service. Shadi and Jack discuss these themes and how he strives to weave them into his own work as a composer; how he’s learned to rely on prayer and call on spirits and souls in the next world to guide his creative process. They talk about the importance of routine to excel in one’s craft, and learn about an exciting new songbook project that he’s just completed, as well.  Continue reading

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