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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 21: Sara & John Barton

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 have an awesome conversation with my wonderful Christian neighbors Sara and John Barton. Sara is an author and likes writing poetry and hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, usually at the same time, and she serves as the University Chaplain at Pepperdine University in California, where she oversees worship services and pastoral care in the community. John is Director of the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University where he also serves on the faculties of the Religion and Philosophy Division and the graduate program in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. John also speaks and conducts research in the areas of African philosophy, ethics and philanthropy, Christian studies, interfaith dialogue, and Christian/Muslim interactions. The three of us talk about the station of Christ, the importance of service to others, and why interfaith dialogue and learning about religions is important in society today. They share the importance of being an active part of wider communities while maintaining their Christian convictions and commitments. They also tell me about the nonprofit they helped start and what their eight years in Uganda taught them. We discuss the importance of the community over the individual, prayer and meditation, why they love working with college students and have hope for the future. Sara even shares a wonderful poem she wrote just for the Baha’i Blogcast as well, so I hope you enjoy the conversation. Continue reading

12 Instagram Images of the Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang, Cambodia

The world’s first local Baha’i House of Worship in Battambang, Cambodia has just been inaugurated! Here are 12 spectacular Instagram images of it that make my heart sing!

Find out more about Baha’i Houses of Worship here, and for more information about this temple and its opening ceremonies, please visit the Baha’i World News Service. For example, here is a video of the highlights from the first day of its dedication, here is a video of the second day, and here is a story about the temple’s architecture. Continue reading

Susan Engle’s Tiny Baha’i Books

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is fascinated by tiny things. When I heard about Susan Engle’s work, I was delighted. Her first project was a book called The Baha’i Faith: A Tiny Introduction, and tiny is exactly what it is! It fits in the palm of your hand. Recently, A Tiny Book of Prayers also became available and it is equally enchanting. Susan was happy to tell us more about her little books and I’m so glad she did!  Continue reading

Reflections on Participating in Discourses of Society

Photo taken in Biharsharif, India. (Courtesy Baha'i World Centre)

Participation in the prevalent discourses of society is one of the three areas of activity that the worldwide Baha’i community is trying to learn about (the other two being expansion and consolidation and social action). Broadly understood as a contribution to the evolution of thought, there are several principles and ideas that can help us understand how to contribute most effectively to the discourses around us. These are a few of my reflections on this weighty subject.  Continue reading

The Physical & Spiritual Reality of Marriage (pt. 1 & 2) – A Talk by Furugh & Raymond Switzer

In this talk called ‘The Physical & Spiritual Reality of Marriage (parts 1 & 2)’ given at the Norwegian Baha’i Summer School July 5th, 2017, Furugh and Raymond Switzer hold a workshop about the physical and spiritual reality of marriage.

Furugh and Raymond Switzer are a wife and husband team currently based in Hungary, and they have conducted workshops and led seminars on relationships and parenting in many different countries. Continue reading

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