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The Art of Kate Vestlie

Kate Vestlie is an artist, a mother and a Baha’i based in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She creates her pieces of artwork using layers of material, assembled in such a way as to create a simulated reality, where art comes to life. Often turning to her belief in the Baha’i Faith for inspiration, she finds that the more challenging parts of her art are what make it the most rewarding.

In this short film, Kate shares some of the thoughts and inspiration behind her art. Continue reading

Spiritual Community-Building in Urban America | Seaon Shin

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Seaon Shin, a community-builder in the inner-city neighbourhoods of San Francisco shares her deep desire to make an impact on the world. This drive to make the planet a better place, she explains, begins at the grassroots. Believing that you can’t create sustainable social change with one-off events, Seaon and her friends started a junior youth spiritual empowerment program in urban San Francisco, California, helping young people discover their moral framework and carrying forward an inspiring process of individual and community transformation.  Continue reading

‘Economics of the Future Begins Today’: A Book by Badi Shams

Badi Shams has combined his love of economics and his ardor for the Baha’i Teachings in his book Economics of the Future Begins Today. This book explores some possible ideas for how we can implement Baha’i principles in our daily economic dealings. He gave us a little teaser in his article Practical Economic Suggestions for Everyday Use and my interest was piqued. Badi lovingly agreed to tell us more about his book.

Baha’i Blog: To begin, could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in economics?

I was born in Iran and became a Baha’i at the age of 15 but I didn’t realize the importance of the Faith till at 19 I had a serious accident that almost blinded my eye but opened my spiritual eye. At the time, 1974, there was a plea for pioneering which I obeyed and went to India. There I studied, learned English and tried to serve in various capacities that I could. I made a change of direction in my education from engineering to economics because I dreamt of doing my Ph.D in Baha’i economics and that was my idea of service to the Faith. In order to do that I had first to do my Bachelors and Masters degrees. After completing those I wrote to the beloved House of Justice to request the Baha’i Writings on economics. It informed me that the Research Department did not have a compilation on economics and that maybe I should collect the Writings. It also reminded me that there is no Baha’i economic system so the best title for my research would be “Study of the Baha’i Writings on Economics.” This was the 1970’s and there was no computer or internet so I spent a few years collecting and cataloguing the Writings related to economics which was published by the Baha’i Publishing Trust of India as a compilation in 1989 called “Economics of the Future”. I couldn’t finish my academic research because I had to leave the country and so I came to Canada in 1988 after the dedication of the Baha’i Temple in India.  Continue reading

“Celestial Preserver” by Marie Celeste Kennedy [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 Vancouver, Canada with Marie Celeste Kennedy who sings “Celestial Preserver” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

19 Baha’i Apps for Android and iPhone

With the number of people using mobile phones growing globally every day, we thought it was time to update our list of Baha’i-inspired apps currently available for download and use. This list isn’t comprehensive; there are many other apps available, and many that offer similar functions to those we’ve listed below but in different languages or tailored to different countries. Nevertheless, we hope this list of 19 Baha’i-inspired apps gives you a good idea of what’s out there for iPhone and Android users and that it proves helpful to you. We’d love to hear what apps you find useful for you personally, or in your community building endeavours! Continue reading

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