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Empowering Youth to Be the Light of the World | Nava Ghalili

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Emmy-nominated TV journalist and researcher Nava Ghalili studies youth based on the belief that every child is potentially the light of the world, and at the same time, its darkness. She asks: “What does it look like, to be a bringer of light to the world?” She discovers that youth who are empowered to see their spiritual attributes within, and who have opportunities to put those attributes into practice, can become the world’s light-givers.  Continue reading

Jim Dennis’ Latest Album ‘The Daystar of Baha’

Jim Dennis is passionate about pioneering new soundscapes when it comes to Baha’i-inspired music and his latest album, The Daystar of Baha, does just that. Jim has six albums available for download on Bandcamp and his latest is his second album with a deep connection to the Writings of the Baha’i Faith (his first is called Spreading Rays of Light and was inspired by his desire to better memorize the quotations found in the Ruhi books). Jim graciously agreed to tell us more about his music, his creative process, and how it all comes together in his studio:  Continue reading

“Blessed Is the Spot” by Friends in Vancouver

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 Roya, Shadi, Hoda, Sahar, Leif, Stefan, Marie, Nava, Sarah, Michele, Yasmin, Naseem and Geoffrey who sing “Blessed Is the Spot” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Blessed Is the Spot” by Friends in Vancouver [Audio Track]

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 Roya, Shadi, Hoda, Sahar, Leif, Stefan, Marie, Nava, Sarah, Michele, Yasmin, Naseem and Geoffrey who sing “Blessed Is the Spot” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

Baha’i Tools: A Resource for Elevated Group Discussions

There are a lot of wonderful Baha’i resources available online (many of which we list here in our directory) but in this article we wanted to highlight one site in particular that aims to help groups have spiritual conversations. The site is bahai.tools and they offer more than 70 discussion guides on topics ranging from “The Eye of Oneness”, “Science, Faith & Reality” to “A Hero for Every Season”. The guides are made up of slideshow presentations that include talks, quotes and questions to generate elevated group conversations. To help you out, each presentation is summarized, its target audience is explained and a list of the technological requirements you’ll need is provided. Steve Moses and Caleb Gilleland, the dynamic duo behind bahai.tools, kindly shared the details behind this great resource!  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 14: Holiday & Kathryn

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 sit down with my wife Holiday Reinhorn and dear friend Kathryn Adams to talk about LIDÈ, a not-for-profit educational initiative the three of us started. LIDÈ, which means both “Leader” and “Idea” in Haitian Kreyol, uses the arts and literacy to build resilience and empower at-risk adolescent girls in rural Haiti, helping them to transition into academic or vocational education.

The three of us share our experiences and talk about how the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti not only decimated the nation, but also uncovered the need for educating and empowering adolescent girls. We discuss the need and importance of hope; the importance of not only education, but why specifically the education of women is paramount. We also talk about the idea of adopting a “grassroots-up” approach to development work rather than a “top-down” approach, and we touch on ‘accompaniment’ and how each one of us has a gem within us which needs to be mined. We discuss the importance of trust and having faith; what a “tap-tap” is, and how LIDÈ’s program for kids with disabilities came to life. Continue reading

Attaining Happiness | Deborah Walters

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Baha’i health care professional and author Deborah Walters shares about her patients who tell terribly unhappy stories and have enormous suffering. She asks them “What’s at the centre of your life? Where do you spend your time, your money, your love?” “Life is created for happiness”, Walters says. We need to put something eternal, something light-filled, at the centre of our lives and because our existence is fundamentally mystical in nature, there is light within us all.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Audio Posts of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 6th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, and our top 10 video posts of the year, so now it’s time to list our top 10 most poular audio posts of the year!

Baha’i Blog has an Image Section, our Article Section, a Video Section, and an Audio Section, where we’ve published about 200 audio posts consisting of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others found on the web (but always taking copyright seriously of course).

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 audio posts with the most amount of traffic posted to our Audio Section from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017 based on Google Analytics. (Please note that this is not based on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page but check that out too for more great audio content).

Now let’s get on with the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

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