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Moreland Baha’i Community Prepares for the Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

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In this video created by the Moreland Baha’i community in Australia, we catch a glimpse of how their community, like so many others around the world, is planning the celebration of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place in 2017. The expectation is that the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah happening this year will be a big event. A really big event, with the hope of seeing 10 times the number of people attending as there are Baha’is in the community.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year

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Every year just after Naw-Ruz, Baha’i Blog celebrates its birthday, and now that we’ve just turned six years old, it’s time to start doing our annual ‘Top 10’ countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most popular posts.

As you know, Baha’i Blog has an Article section, a Video section, an Audio section, an Image Gallery, a YouTube Channel and a Soundcloud page, but written articles are the first thing we started out with, and they range from news and personal reflections, to interviews and tributes. We post two original articles per week, and so far we’ve published over 600 since we first began.

In this Top 10 countdown, we list the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year (from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017), based on Google Analytics. So now ladies and gentlemen, here’s the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

“The Balance” by Juliet & Amelia Rasekhy [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 San Francisco, USA, with sisters Juliet and Amelia Rasekhy singing “The Balance” based on the Words of Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

William Sutherland Maxwell: Distinguished Architect

William Sutherland Maxwell, November 14th, 1874 - March 25th, 1952 (Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community)

William Sutherland Maxwell, November 14th, 1874 - March 25th, 1952 (Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community)

William Sutherland Maxwell was a distinguished soul whose life is best summarized in the words of Shoghi Effendi. The Guardian cabled the following obituary to the Baha’is of the world on March 26, 1952:

With sorrowful heart announce through national assemblies that Hand of Cause of Baha’u’llah, highly esteemed, dearly beloved Sutherland Maxwell, has been gathered into the glory of the Abha Kingdom. His saintly life, extending well nigh four score years, enriched during the course of Abdu’l-Baha’s ministry by services in the Dominion of Canada, ennobled during the Formative Age of Faith by decade of services in Holy Land, during darkest days of my life, doubly honoured through association with the crown of martyrdom won by May Maxwell and incomparable honor bestowed upon his daughter, attained consummation through his appointment as architect of the arcade and superstructure of the Bab’s Sepulchre as well as elevation to the front rank of the Hands of Cause of God.

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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 12: Michael Penn

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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 my Baha’i friend Michael Penn, a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the US. We talk about how he became a Baha’i and the cool story of how he and his wife met; we discuss beauty and being our authentic self; hope and hopelessness; racism and how each one of us can overcome it; how the human being is the most sensitive signal detection system in the known universe – yep that’s right! and we talk about the book he’s working on, and how philosophy is the bridge between science and spirituality. Continue reading

This Phenomenal Life: A Book of Wonder by Misha Blaise

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I’ve been following the visual artist Misha Blaise for a while on Instagram. There’s an infectious exuberance to her work. Her use of colour revives my heart and I’m pleased and delighted that she just created a gift book for adults (that older children and teens will love too) called This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe. The book shares short incredible thought-provoking facts about the universe and concludes with a quotation you may recognize. I’m not the only one smitten with Misha’s work: the book got a starred review on Publishers Weekly! We’re excited to present this small gallery of some of the gorgeous work included in This Phenomenal Life and to share with you her own words about putting the book together. Without further ado, here’s the bright, loveable, incredible work of Misha Blaise!  Continue reading

Why Your True Calling Might Require a Break from Tradition | Melody Ehsani

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In this talk, produced by the wonderful team behind Bahaiteachings.org, Baha’i fashion designer Melody Ehsani recounts a time when she was at a deep spiritual crossroads and when she questioned everything, including her purpose, her role and the existence of God. She learned to meditate and found a way to put questions to her higher self. That spiritual practice, along with the Baha’i Faith’s teachings, gave her the confidence to follow her own path.  Continue reading

Celebrating Six Years of Baha’i Blog!

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I can’t believe it’s now been six years since a few of us got together and launched Baha’i Blog, a site aimed at sharing and creating content that explores and celebrates the Revelation of Baha’u’llah through various avenues of media including articles, video and audio.

We set out on this Baha’i Blog journey with an approach of ‘learning through action’, and we continue to meet regularly in order to plan, act and reflect on all the things we’re working on. The last six years have truly been an amazing experience with so many great learnings and so much great feedback and help from both Baha’i Institutions and so many individuals and communities in every part of the world. We are extremely grateful to everyone for their continued encouragement and support over the years!

So far we’ve had over 120 contributors to Baha’i Blog, and we’ve published over 1,060 posts to date. We’ve produced over 100 videos, and over 130 audio recordings including talks, music, and even our very own podcast series with Rainn Wilson.

With so much happening here at Baha’i Blog, we thought we’d just share a few of the highlights of some of the things we’ve done over the last year: Continue reading

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