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  1. 2022. Reference Desk, The: Projects that Support Bahá'í Scholarship in the Digital Age. 13 presentations on how digital technologies are supporting Bahá’í scholarship. Webmasters, bibliographers, genealogists, and archivists speak about their journey in reference projects: origins, progress, and insights into how their projects are used. [about]
  2. 2022. Lo sviluppo socio-economico della comunità bahá'í, by Luca Forconi. Panoramica sull’azione sociale baha’i con gran parte dei contenuti estratti e tradotti dal documento "For the Betterment of the World" (OSED / BIC, 2018), integrati da alcuni cenni alla letteratura in ambito economico. [about]
  3. 2022-12. Indigenous Messengers of God: In Honor of Kevin Locke (1954-2022), by Christopher Buck. Biographies and photos of Kevin and Patricia Locke and tributes to them; themes of respect for spiritual traditions, prophecies, and the destiny of indigenous peoples. [about]
  4. 2022-09. "And universal peace — in what Book is this written?": How and Why 'Abdu'l-Bahá Identified "New" and Distinctive Bahá'í Principles, by Christopher Buck. Reflections on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's answer to the question "What has Bahá’u’lláh brought that we have not heard before?" [about]
  5. 2022-08. What Is Bahá'í Education?, by Filip Boicu. different current expectations about what should fall under the topic of "Bahá’í education"; three types of curricula (FUNDAEC, Anisa, BIHE) and their theoretical sources; these must be drawn together into a field of study; the importance of universities. [about]
  6. 2022-08-27. Joseph in Religious History and the Bahá'í Writings, by Christopher Buck. Just as the story of Joseph is the "best of stories," the metaphor of Joseph is the "best of metaphors": it is the most comprehensive, pervasive symbol and allegory of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Bahá’í Writings. [about]
  7. 2022-06. "Seal of the Prophets" and "Divine Presence": Why These Two Key Verses Should Be Read Together, by Christopher Buck. On two verses from the Qur'án on Muhammad as the "Seal of the Prophets" and the meaning of "attainment unto the divine Presence"; Shoghi Effendi as translator; comments by Nader Saiedi and Dergham Aqiqi; explanations from Kamalu'd-Din Bakhtavar. [about]
  8. 2022-05. Bahá'í Library Online at 25: Background, Functioning, and Future, by Jonah Winters. Notes written for the 25th anniversary of this website. [about]
  9. 2022-05-16. Progressive Revelation: A Brief Circumstantial/Historical Contextualization, by Mehdi Wolf. Progressive revelation must be understood in the context of the twin purposes of a divine Manifestation, as well as the prevailing historical circumstances. The varying attitudes to law and science are used as test cases. [about]
  10. 2021. Indigenous Messengers of God, by Christopher Buck and Kevin Locke. PowerPoint for Zoom presentation “Divine Teachers of the Americas” by Kevin Locke, hosted by Green Acre Baha’i School, October 2021. [about]
  11. 2021. Ideas, Religion, and Social Change, by Julia Berger, in Rethinking Religion and Politics in a Plural World: The Bahá'í International Community and the United Nations. Links to a book chapter and video presentation and presentation notes (offsite) presented for the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, on meaning-making processes driving NGO behavior and the Bahá'í Faith's pursuit of social change. [about]
  12. 2021-12-11. Abdu'l-Baha's Life and Legacy: Key Facts, by Christopher Buck. The key principles of Bahá’u’lláh that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá expounded are part of his "living legacy" — i.e. these new or special principles are useful for presenting information about the Bahá’í Faith today. [about]
  13. 2021-11. Haykal or "Star Tablet" Written in the Báb's Own Hand: Form, Content, and Provisional Translation, by Dergham Aqiqi and Todd Lawson. Detailed analysis of the content and translation of an undated haykal; the relation between the Báb’s composition and the Qur'an; scriptural/verbal and figural/artistic modes of revelation; symbolism of the star shape; role of repetition; dominion. [about]
  14. 2021-09. Removing Poverty Through Virtues, by Badi Shams. If humanity has more than enough food and resources for everyone, why do so many live in poverty? Humanity's materialistic rulers have failed to solve this issue. The solutions to extremes of wealth and poverty go beyond economic theories and norms. [about]
  15. 2021-08-15. Dynamic Bahá'í Principles - Expressed as Actions, by Christopher Buck. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá noted "special teachings of Bahá’u’lláh" as "new," "distinctive," and "not found in any of the sacred Books of the past" (1912). The book Bahá’í Faith: The Basics presents these as “dynamic Bahá’í principles, expressed as actions." [about]
  16. 2021-05. Secret of Divine Civilization, The, by Fariba Moghadam. Overview of the history Abdu'l-Bahá's treatise, and its themes presented through a compilation of quotations. Prepared for the Wilmette Institute. [about]
  17. 2021-02. Abdu'l-Baha and "The Other", by Jan T. Jasion. On xenophobia; Abdu'l-Bahá's response to it; his reactions to certain newspapers; the impact of xenophobia on digitized collections; some comments by Bahá'u'lláh on journalism. Text of a webinar presented to the Wilmette Institute (December, 2020). [about]
  18. 2021-02-26. Baha'i Faith: The Basics: Presentation for Book Launch, by Christopher Buck. PowerPoint for live Zoom book launch of Bahá’í Faith: The Basics (Routledge, 2020), hosted by the Desert Rose Bahá’í Institute, on February 26, 2021; includes brief book excerpts. [about]
  19. 2020. Some Answered Questions: An Introduction to Bahá'í Teachings, by Marco Oliveira. Background of this book and Laura Clifford Barney, and overview of its themes. [about]
  20. 2020. Loom of Reality: A Partial Inventory of the Works of the Central Figures of the Bahá'í Faith. A website with thematic compilations of quotations from the Bahá’í Writings and beyond, and a catalog of almost 25,000 works attributed to the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, or Abdu’l-Bahá. [about]
  21. 2020. Family Stories about Ismu'llahu'l-Asdaq and His Son Ibn-i-Asdaq, by Shafigheh Fatheazam. Recollections from a descendant of Mulla Sadiq Muqaddas Ismu'llah as-Sadiq, the Hand of the Cause who was one of the earliest to become a Babi, from the time of the Bab to the time of Shoghi Effendi; includes many stories not recorded in written sources. [about]
  22. 2020. Audio-Video Presentations: Mirza Mihdi; historia de la familia Khamsi; Varqá and Rúhu'lláh, by Boris Handal. Links to five Youtube videos in English and Spanish, including "Mírzá Mihdí: The Purest Branch," "Mírzá Mihdí: La Rama Más Pura," "Historia de la Familia Khamsi, un Legado de Servicio," and "Life and Martyrdom of Varqá and Rúhu’lláh." [about]
  23. 2019. Ten Commandments, The: A Baha'i Perspective, by Marco Oliveira. Overview of the history and theology of the Ten Commandments. Like Christianity and Islam, the Bahá’í Faith inherited and expanded the moral values exposed in the Ten Commandments. [about]
  24. 2019. Behold!: A Program for the Bicentennial of the Birth of the Báb, by Anne Gordon Perry. A fictionalized script of Bahá'í notables commenting on the 200th anniversary of the Bab's birth in 1819, based on passages from Robert Weinberg’s compilation The Primal Point: A selection of testimonials and tributes to the Báb and His followers. [about]
  25. 2019. 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Prophecy "Indians Will Enlighten the World", by Christopher Buck and Kevin Locke. Slide-show overview of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's prophecy "these Indians will enlighten the whole world." [about]
  26. 2019-10. May Maxwell and the Maxwells of Montreal, by Jack McLean. Presentation of Violette Nakhjavani's book The Maxwells of Montreal. [about]
  27. 2018. Now They Are Hanging Women, by Jaine Toth. Notes and script of a presentation on contemporary persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran; title taken from a newspaper headline for an article announcing the execution by hanging of ten Iranian Bahá’í women on June 18, 1983. [about]
  28. 2018-08. History of the Baha'i Faith in North Carolina, 1845-1970: Presentations from the First Summer Seminar. Presentations at the first Summer Seminar on the history of the Bahá'í Faith in North Carolina, organized by Steven Kolins, sponsored by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of Orange County NC, Aug 3-5 2018, at the Efland Bahá'í Center. [about]
  29. 2017-09-18. Verge of the New, The: A Series of Talks, by Steven Phelps. Introducing a way of looking at the past and future of religion in the context of the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment. Includes compilation of Writings on spiritual dislocation, science, language, spiritual evolution, nature, and revelation. [about]
  30. 2016. Men and the Baha'i Faith: The role of indigenous men in the early Baha'i community in the British Isles, by Lil Osborn. Includes slide-show included when presenting the paper at the Bahá'í Studies Seminar, Kellogg College, Oxford (July 2016). [about]
  31. 2014. Fifty Bahá'í Principles of Unity: A Paradigm of Social Salvation, by Christopher Buck, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 18. World religions are systems of salvation, liberation, or harmony, in direct response to the perceived human predicament. To Baha’is, this predicament is profound estrangement and the solution is world unity, from family to international relations. [about]
  32. 2013-2022. Bahá'í History and Videos, by Hussein Ahdieh. Links to Zoom videos on a variety of topics: Kahlil Gibran, the life of Varqá, Bahá'í schools for girls and Tahirih's influence, martyrs in Nayriz, Abdu'l-Bahá in New York, and Harlem Prep School. [about]
  33. 2012. Remembering The Master, by Rhonda Palmer and Anne Gordon Perry. Variations on a script for 1-3 voices, with both monologue and presentation versions, consisting of fictionalized retelling of stories about Abdu'l-Bahá visiting America. [about]
  34. 2012. Legacy of `Abdu'l-Bahá's Visit to America, 1912, The, by Robert Stockman. Overview of Abdu’l-Bahá’s trip to the U.S. and Canada, its impact, his social action and public discourse, and comparison with similar "travel-teaching" trips by Protap Chunder Mozoomdar and Swami Vivekanada (Hindus) and Anagarika Dharmapala (a Buddhist). [about]
  35. 2012-12-24. Tablet of Glad-Tidings: A Proclamation to Scholars and Statesmen, by Christopher Buck and Nahzy Abadi Buck. The Lawh-i-Bishárát as a Proclamatory Aqdas and public announcement of principles from 'The Most Holy Book'; a proclamation to scholars and statesmen; Cambridge manuscripts from the E.G. Browne Collection; response to modernity; Persian original. [about]
  36. 2012-12-22. `Abdu'l-Bahá's 1912 Howard University Speech: A Civil War Discourse for Interracial Emancipation, by Christopher Buck and Nahzy Abadi Buck. Presentation at Grand Canyon Bahá'í Conference on Abdu'l-Bahá and the Black Intelligentsia, especially W. E. B. Du Bois; his speech to the NAACP; and reproductions of many newspaper clippings covering his visit to Washington, DC. [about]
  37. 2012-02-10. Public Discourse on Race: Abdu'l-Bahá's 1912 Howard University Speech, by Christopher Buck. Presentation at Louhelen Bahá’í School on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the black intelligentsia, his views of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, and his message to African Americans and the "Whites." [about]
  38. 2012-01-23. Applying Bahá'í Principles to Address Current Ethics and Policy Debates in Organ Transplantation , by Maryam Valapour. [about]
  39. 2011. Native American Vision and the Teachings of 'Abdu'l-Baha, by Paula Bidwell. Presentation addressing issues of concern to Native Americans, cast in the light of statements of Abdu'l-Bahá from his 1912 visit to the United States. [about]
  40. 2011-2021. Wilmette Institute Presentations on Link to Youtube channel with dozens of educational presentations and videos, listed here for keyword searching and tagging. [about]
  41. 2011-07. Many Messengers of God, A Native American Perspective: Deganawidah The Peacemaker, by Paula Bidwell. Collection and analysis of proofs from the Bahá'í Writings about prophets from indigenous cultures. Includes illustrated slide-show presentation of the paper. [about]
  42. 2010. Writings of the Bab, The: A Survey Based on English Language Sources, by Robert Stockman. PowerPoint presentation on the scope, style, and history of the Writings of The Báb. [about]
  43. 2010. Oceans of Light: The Major Works of Bahá'u'lláh, by Robert Stockman. PowerPoint presentation on the scope, style, and history of the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  44. 2010. Cycles of Growth of the American Bahá'í Community, by Robert Stockman. PowerPoint presentation on the history of the American community, 1894-2009. [about]
  45. 2010. Aspects of the Harmony of Science and Religion in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Talks. Definitions of science and religion; relations between them as expounded in the discourses Abdu’l-Bahá's talks during His visits to Europe and America; concepts of intellect, mind and reason; responses to challenges from contemporary society. [about]
  46. 2010/2012. Religious Myths and Visions of America: How Minority Faiths Redefined America's World Role, by Christopher Buck. Survey and comparison of ten religions that feature collective religious beliefs about America's mission and destiny, particularly in terms of its world role. [about]
  47. 2010-01. Pilgrimage in Baha'u'llah's Writings, by Ahang Rabbani. On pilgrimage to the Twin Shrines in the Holy Land and their Tablets of Visitation, to the House of the Bab in Shiraz, and to the House of Baha’u’llah in Baghdad. Includes provisional translations of several Tablets of Visitation. [about]
  48. 2009. Study Guide of the Tablet of Maqsúd, by Marco Oliveira. The Tablet of Maqsúd is a good presentation of the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. Its structure is suitable for a first contact with the Bahá'í Writings. [about]
  49. 2009-08-15. Naming Names: The Power to Control the Meaning of Media Symbols, by Deborah Clark Vance. [about]
  50. 2008. Minimalism, by William S. Hatcher. [about]
  51. 2008. Elements of a Bahá'í-Inspired Natural Theology, by William S. Hatcher. [about]
  52. 2008. Causality and Duality, by William S. Hatcher. [about]
  53. 2008. Bahá'í Faith and Christianity, The. Lecture notes compiled by Ma'sumian for teaching at a community college and a university, partly from other online sources. [about]
  54. 2007. Alain Locke: Bahá'í Principles and the Salvation of Democracy, by Christopher Buck. Long presentation in slide format on the history and influence of Alain Locke. [about]
  55. 2007-09-24. Alain Locke: 'Race Amity' and the Bahá'í Faith, by Christopher Buck. Presentation in slide format about the "First Black Rhodes Scholar." [about]
  56. 2006-04-15. Alain Locke: Race Leader, Social Philosopher, Bahá'í Pluralist: 94th Annual Commemoration of ‘Abdu'l-Baha's 1912 Visit to Howard University, by Christopher Buck. Available both as audio and PDF, and includes press release. [about]
  57. 2006-02. Messianic Expectations in Nineteenth Century Christian and Islamic Communities, by Ahang Rabbani. The phenomenon of messianism and its manifestations in early-modern American Christianity and in Iranian Islam. [about]
  58. 2005. Unveiling the Huri of Love, by John S. Hatcher, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 15:1-4. Three versions of this paper: Powerpoint presentation, audio file, and published article. [about]
  59. 2005. Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh, by Ahang Rabbani. A course on Shoghi Effendi's book, a summary of its contents, and its historical context. [about]
  60. 2004-2014. Powerpoints for Deepening, by Duane Troxel. 25 presentations in Powerpoint format, on a variety of topics covering Bahá'í history, Central Figures, teachings, and relationship with Islam. [about]
  61. 2004-2009. Internet Guidance, by Bahá'í Internet Agency. Links to a variety of guidelines for online media: responding to opposition online; how to do podcasting and blogging; netiquette; SEO and hosting websites; using social networking sites; compilation on Internet communications; PowerPoint presentations. [about]
  62. 2004-08-01. Homosexuality in the Baha'i Faith and in World Religions, by Christopher Buck and Nahzy Abadi Buck. Slides of two presentations: Christopher Buck's "Homosexuality in World Religions" and Nahzy Buck's "Homosexuality in the Bahá'í Faith." [about]
  63. 2003. Logical Proof of the Existence of God, A, by William S. Hatcher. [about]
  64. 2003-05-15. Le concept de valeur humaine, by William S. Hatcher. [about]
  65. 2003-01. International Conference on Bahá'í Libraries and Archives. Conference convened at Landegg International University for people to share experiences, learn about best practices, and begin developing a structure for world interaction among those who handle and organize Bahá’í library and archival materials. [about]
  66. 2001-06. Authenticity Project, The, by Mary K. Radpour. An effort to integrate Bahá’í ethical principles and the psychological dynamics of growth. In both presentation and long-form notes formats. [about]
  67. 1999. Teaching Christians More Effectively: Handbook and Seminar, by David F. Young. Bahá'í views of Christianity; questions Christians might ask; interpretation of the Bible; theology of miracles, baptism, sin, Armageddon, and heaven and hell; social issues. [about]
  68. 1999. Dei Verbum: Un punto di vista bahá'í della Costituzione Dogmatica Cattolica Romana sulla Rivelazione Divina, by Marco Oliveira. Lo scopo di questa presentazione è quello di discutere alcune basilari credenze cristiane cattoliche sulla Rivelazione Divina e spiegare le sue differenze e somiglianze con la Fede bahá’í. [about]
  69. 1993. Native American and Other Indigenous Messengers of God, by Patricia Locke. God did not neglect the millions of indigenous peoples of the Western hemisphere; over the centuries, many messengers were sent to Indian nations to bring them divine theologies. Includes compilation of stories about Native prophets and prophecies. [about]
  70. 1992. Windows to the Past, by Darius Shahrokh. Deepening talks on 25 topics about Bahá'í history and teachings, downloadable in MP3 audio format and PDF transcripts. [about]
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