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Talks / presentations by Bahá'í notables
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Lectures by notable personnages, such as Hands of the Cause and members of the Universal House of Justice. See also Audio lectures and Presentations.
  1. n.d.. Moral Education, by Farzam Arbab. Transcription of a talk in English, date and place unknown. Includes Persian translation. [about]
  2. ?-2020. Collections of Audio and Video Talks: Lists of Speakers and Titles, by Various. List of talks and presentations in Video or Audio format found at other sites; included here for reference and keyword indexing. [about]
  3. 2016. Intellectual Life of the Bahá'í Community, The, by Farzam Arbab, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 26:4. The 34th Hasan M. Balyuzi Memorial Lecture at the ABS conference in Montreal, on the need for us to have intellectual courage, a lack of elitism, and the harmony of science and religion. Includes video, published version, and an outline of the talk. [about]
  4. 2016-05-20. Reflections, at the centenary of the Tablets of the Divine Plan, by Paul Lample. Lengthy discussions on who we are and what we're doing, morality in a the contemporary world, processes of integration and disintegration, and the Faith's future growth, helping place the work of the 2016-2021 Five-Year Plan in historical context. [about]
  5. 2015. Evolving Role of Bahá'í Scholarship, The, by Vahid Rafati, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 25:1-2. Lecture on the evolution of Bahá’í scholarship; ulamás and the Faith; role of the ulamás in Islam; changes instituted by Bahá'u'lláh; abolition of clerical authority; historical legacy of some scholars; present challenges and future scholarship. [about]
  6. 2015/2020-08. Community and Collective Action, by Gustavo Correa, in Bahá'í World. On the hopeful efforts of groups of people around the world to build a new kind of community based on the oneness of humankind, and the vision and process guiding these efforts. [about]
  7. 2010. Indispensability of Consultation for Ordering Human Affairs, The, by Ian C. Semple, in Lights of Irfan, Volume 11. Consultation is not just another word for discussion. It is not just a technique to be learned, but requires a development of the character of the individuals who are involved in it. [about]
  8. 2009. Jináb-i-Fádil Mazandarání in the United States, by Asadu'llah Fadil Mazandarani. Digitization of a number of stenographic records which were held by the US National office from Jinab-i-Fadil’s trips to the US in the 1920s. [about]
  9. 2009-08-16. To Build in the World of Things a Safe Home for the Children of Men, by Ann Boyles. [about]
  10. 2009-07-03. Reflections on the Ridvan 2009 Message, by Peter J. Khan. The concept of change in religion and in the Bahá’í Faith, and the importance of wholehearted obedience to the Covenant. [about]
  11. 2008. Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice, The, by Ian C. Semple, in Lights of Irfan, Volume 9. Reflections on the Guardianship and Universal House of Justice by a former House member. Includes an interesting Q&A on topics including women on the House, Shoghi Effendi's personality, infallibility, Bahá'í scholarship, fundamentalism, etc. [about]
  12. 2008. Four Talks Redefining Democracy, Education, and World Citizenship, by Alain Locke, in World Order, 38:3. The Preservation of the Democratic Ideal; Stretching Our Social Mind; On Becoming World Citizens; Creative Democracy. Includes introduction by Buck and Fisher. [about]
  13. 2008-08-29. Learning and the Unfoldment of the Bahá'í Community, by Paul Lample. Two slightly different versions of the Plenary Address to the ABS conference. [about]
  14. 2007-08-16. Generation of Knowledge and the Advancement of Civilization, by Haleh Arbab. [about]
  15. 2006-08-13. Education, Scholarship, and Global Civilisation, by Peter J. Khan. [about]
  16. 2006-08-02. Unique Features of Bahá'í Service, by Peter J. Khan. On spiritual forces in the universe, the nature of Huququ'llah, the concept of sanctification, and developing a culture of learning to explore the power of the Creative Word. [about]
  17. 2005-05. Interpretation and the Guardianship, by Ian C. Semple, in Lights of Irfan, 6. Two versions of a talk presented at a seminar in Haifa, 1984, on differences between personal interpretation, authoritative interpretation, divinely guided legislation, and the role of the Guardian as interpreter [about]
  18. 2005-04-01. Reflections on “Questions” and Bahá'í Studies, Some, by Matt Weinberg. [about]
  19. 2004. Training Institute and the Main Sequence of Courses, The, by Farzam Arbab. [about]
  20. 2004. Role of Education in Building Material and Spiritual Civilization, The, by Farzam Arbab. [about]
  21. 2004. Principles and Practices of Curriculum Design and Development, by Farzam Arbab. [about]
  22. 2004. Core Activities of the Five Year Plan and the Movement of Clusters, by Farzam Arbab. [about]
  23. 2004/2007. World Order of Baha'u'llah: Six Talks on the Various Aspects of, by Ali Nakhjavani. Transcripts of six talks given at a week-long course on the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, sponsored by the NSA of Italy. Document includes compilation and outline. (This online version compiled from three different editions of this book.) [about]
  24. 2004-07-17. Justice and Equality – a basis for change in our troubled world, by Layli Miller-Muro. Transcript of the talk given at the 5th annual Margaret Stevenson Memorial Dinner and Lecture, July 17 2004. [about]
  25. 2002. Conqueror of Hearts: Talks by Hand of the Cause of God Abu'l-Qásim Faizí, by Shirley Macias and Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts. Biography, and talks by Faizi to the World Congress (1963) and Wilmette House of Worship (1974). [about]
  26. 2002-02-12. Learning Process, by Penny Walker. Talk on the Five-Year Plan, growth, and training institutes, given by a Counselor of the International Teaching Center in Houston, Texas, on February 12, 2002. [about]
  27. 2001. Three Talks in Africa, by Ali Nakhjavani and Violette Nakhjavani. Three talks given in East London, South Africa circa August-September 2001, on personal reminiscences of Ruhiyyih Khanum and Enoch Olinga, some history of the Faith in Africa, and stages of spiritual growth and teaching. [about]
  28. 2001-10-11. Time of Peril, Prospects for Peace, by Glenford Mitchell. Talk at the Bahá'í Unity Center in Atlanta. [about]
  29. 2001-09. Notes on the Twentieth Century, by Douglas Martin. Multiple transcriptions of talks given in Atlanta, New York, and Massachusetts in September and October, 2001, largely based on the document Century of Light. [about]
  30. 2001-06-03. 2001: Five Year Plan, by Peter J. Khan. Talk given by Dr. Khan about the Five Year Plan at the City Hall in Hofheim am Taunus, Germany (near the Bahá'í Temple in Langenhein) [about]
  31. 2001-04-28. Intensive Growth Programs, by Farzam Arbab. Talk delivered as part of a two-day seminar on the Five Year Plan, sponsored by the Youth Activities Committee at the Bahá'í World Centre. [about]
  32. 2000. Mr Faizi and Mr Furútan in Australia: The Yerrinbool tapes, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi and Ali-Akbar Furutan, in Australian Bahá'í Studies, vol. 2. Lengthy talks of Hands of the Cause A.Q. Faizi and A.A. Furútan in Australia at the Yerrinbool summer school. [about]
  33. 2000-06. Address at Queen's Birthday Weekend Conference, Aukland, by Peter J. Khan. Addresses a variety of issues facing the Bahá'í community, especially as pertains to New Zealand Bahá'ís. [about]
  34. 2000-03. Long Obligatory Prayer, The, by Ali Nakhjavani. Notable talk from March 2000 by Ali Nakhjavani, who served on the Universal House of Justice from 1963 to 2003, about various aspects of the long obligatory prayer (link to audio, off-site). [about]
  35. 1999. Selected Talks and Statements on Interfaith Issues by Religious Leaders and Scholars, by George Townshend and Swami Vivekananda, in Singapore Bahá'í Studies Review, vol. 4. Compilation of addresses to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore; also includes talks by Jonathan Sacks, Abdullah Yusof Ali, Robert Runcie, and Pope John Paul II. [about]
  36. 1999. Aspects of Bahá'í Scholarship, Some, by Peter J. Khan. [about]
  37. 1999-12-12. Inter-religious gathering in New Delhi, and Address to Pope John Paul II, by Zena Sorabjee and National Spiritual Assembly of India. Brief address by Counsellor Sorabjee to an inter-religious gathering organised by the Roman Catholic Church in New Delhi with with Pope John Paul II, and a short description of the event by the NSA of India, as shared by the House of Justice. [about]
  38. 1998-08-22. World's Equilibrium, The, by Peter J. Khan. Short, partial notes of a talk delivered at Baruch College, New York, August 22, 1998. [about]
  39. 1997-11-15. Spiritual Foundation of Human Rights, The: A Bahá'í Perspective, by Suheil Badi Bushrui. [about]
  40. 1997-07. Remembering Shoghi Effendi as Interpreter, by Glenford Mitchell. Scholarly talk on the nature of interpretation and the Covenant, given at Foundation Hall of the House of Worship in Wilmette. [about]
  41. 1996-10-05. Whatever happened to the Double Crusade?, by Glenford Mitchell. Lengthy commentary on the progress of teaching and the Four Year Plan, delivered at Foundation Hall in Wilmette. Includes discussion of the travels and teaching work of Leonora Armstrong. [about]
  42. 1996-09-29. 1995: Four Year Plan, by Peter J. Khan. Talk organized by the US NSA and the LSA of Washington, DC. [about]
  43. 1995. New Evolution, A: Religious Bonding for World Unity, by David S. Ruhe, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 6:4. America's spiritual destiny; world forces conducive to the unity of humankind; post-Darwinian evolution; bonding of humankind for a golden age; Bahá’ís as authentic saviors of the world. [about]
  44. 1995. Challenges of the Construction of a New Morality, by Luiz Gushikan. Keynote speech at the Bahá'í Conference on Social and Economic Development in Orlando, Florida, on the topic of Bahá'í contributions to morality and ethics. [about]
  45. 1995-09-23. Nature and Challenge of Tests, The, by Peter J. Khan. An address by Dr. Khan, of the Universal House of Justice, at the Bahá'í House of Worship at Wilmette. [about]
  46. 1995-09-17. Mental Tests, by Peter J. Khan. An address by Dr. Khan, of the Universal House of Justice, in Australia. Needs proofreading. [about]
  47. 1993. Near Death Experience, by Reinee Pasarow. Video talk by a person who had a life-changing near death experience as a teenager, became a seeker and Bahá'í, and did talks about her experience which also gave her the opportunity to teach about the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  48. 1993-06-14. Bahá'í Horizons in the 21st Century, by David S. Ruhe. Informal notes transcribed from a talk closing a 1993 Conference on Social and Economic Development in Orlando, Florida, offering an overview of Bahá'í activities at the turn of the millennium. [about]
  49. 1992-04-09. Humanity's Coming Encounter with Baha'u'llah, by Douglas Martin, in American Bahá'í. Retrospective look at the previous 100 years of Bahá'í history, current shifts of focus and teaching plans, and the prospects for the future which the new Message can bring. [about]
  50. 1991-07-26. Obedience, by Ian C. Semple. Obedience in relation to freedom of thought, and the importance of obedience both to the individual's spiritual development and to society as a whole. [about]
  51. 1991-04-13. Marriage and Sexuality, by Hossain Danesh. Transcript of a talk at a private home in Springfield, Virginia, recorded and distributed for teaching and deepening. [about]
  52. 1988. Excerpt from an interview with Raúl Pavón, by Kurt Hein, in Radio Bahá'í Ecuador: A Bahá'í Development Project. Excerpt from an interview with Kurt Hein, 5 January 1982, Otavalo, Ecuador. [about]
  53. 1988. Being a Spiritual Revolutionary: A talk given at the 1988 International Youth Conference, by Robert C. Henderson. [about]
  54. 1986. North American Indian Prophecies, by Lee Brown. Talked delivered at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, Fairbanks, Alaska. [about]
  55. 1986. Forces of Our Time, The, by Hooper Dunbar, in dialogue magazine, 1:3. Excerpt from a talk presented at the "Prepare for Peace" conference, Long Beach, California, August 1985. [about]
  56. 1984-11. Vision of Shoghi Effendi as Reflected in The Advent of Divine Justice, by Richard Thomas. [about]
  57. 1981?. Eagle and Pillar over Shoghi Effendi's resting place, and his visits to Scotland, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum. Transcript of Ruhiyyih Khanum talking about Shoghi Effendi's visits to Scotland and how the pillar and eagle came to be over his resting place [about]
  58. 1975-04. Morning of Your Lives, The: Talk given at a Hawaiian Youth Conference, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in British Bahai Journal. A very short published talk. [about]
  59. 1974-03-20. Value of Prayer, The, by John Robarts, in Bahá'í News. Talk at the House of Worship in Wilmette by a Hand of the Cause. [about]
  60. 1973. Kitab-i-Aqdas commentary, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts. Talk delivered in the United States (place not specified). [about]
  61. 1972. Wonder Lamp, The, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi. A children's story, and performance / storytelling piece, published as a 45-page booklet and also in audio recording. [about]
  62. 1972 (?) / 2018. Progressive Revelation and Oneness of Religion, by William Sears. A videotaped talk (possibly from 1972), along with a shorter animated 2018 presentation prepared by a graphic designer for the Bahá'í Journeys website. [about]
  63. 1971. Institute on Islam, by Peter J. Khan. Transcription of tape #7 which deals with prophecies in the Qur'an, and recordings of a one-weekend group class on Islam in Davenport, Iowa. [about]
  64. 1969-11-21. Talk given by Hand of the Cause of God A.Q. Faizi, Australia, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts. Discussion of "Standards and Values, "Explanations from the Writings of the Báb," and "How to Study the Book of Íqán" [about]
  65. 1968-08. From Adrianople to Akka, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts. A talk to the Oceanic Conference, Palermo, Sicily, on the exile journeys of Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  66. 1967. Teaching Seminar conducted by Hand of the Cause A. Q. Faizí in Hawaii, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts. Lengthy notes from five sessions of talks, including question-and-answer periods. [about]
  67. 1967-12-09. Hidden Words, The: Transcript of a talk by Hand of the Cause of God A. Q. Faizí, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts. Talk delivered in Wilmette, Illinois. [about]
  68. 1960-06. Notes to a talk given by Hand of the Cause Ioas in Pasadena California, by Leroy Ioas. [about]
  69. 1958. Ruhiyyih Khanum's Tribute to Shoghi Effendi at the Kampala Conference (Uganda) 26 Jan 1958, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum. Notes of the moving tribute by Ruhiyyih Khanum to Shoghi Effendi immediately after his passing, given at the Kampala International Conference (Uganda), 26 January 1958 [about]
  70. 1958-07-25. Tribute to Shoghi Effendi, A, by Amelia Collins. Address delivered at the Intercontinental Bahá'í Conference held in Germany, July 1958, which Collins attended as the chosen representative of Shoghi Effendi. [about]
  71. 1957-1963(?). Stories of 'Abdul-Baha and the Guardian, by Curtis Kelsey. Kelsey was serving in Haifa when 'Abdu'l-Bahá passed away. These are his recollections and stories of his time with Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi. [about]
  72. 1954. Challenge to Chaos: The Mission of the Bahá'í Faith, by Horace Holley. Summary of the mission of Bahá'u'lláh through the lens of three essential truths: Unity of God, Unity of the Prophets, and Unity of Humankind. Published as a stand-alone pamphlet. [about]
  73. 1953. Questions about the Second Coming, by George Townshend. Answers by Townshend to questions asked by the Bahá’ís of Kampala, Uganda about the return of Christ, the Bible, false prophets, the day of judgment, and the trinity. [about]
  74. 1941. Táhirih's Message to the Modern World, by Martha Root, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 8 (1938-1940). Transcript of a radio address from Sunday April 21, 1940, telling the story of Ṭáhirih, describing her as the foremost woman of her generation known across Persia for her beauty, intelligence, and courage, who gave her life for the emancipation of women. [about]
  75. 1936. Baha'u'llah's Ground Plan of World Fellowship, by George Townshend, in Faiths and Fellowship, Proceedings of the World Congress of Faiths Conference. This talk, proposing a practical scheme for addressing the problem of world-fellowship, was delivered at the first World Congress of Faiths conference in London in 1936 — one of the earliest Bahá'í papers to appear in a modern interfaith setting. [about]
  76. 1923-02. Seven Cities in the Spiritual Journey to God: Gems of Divine Mystersies (Javáhiru'l-Asrár) and Seven Valleys, by Asadu'llah Fadil Mazandarani, in Star of the West, 13:11. Address given to an American audience in 1923, probably translated by Mirza Ahmad Sohrab, who accompanied Fadl's second tour of the USA and Canada. [about]
  77. 1908. Bahá'ísm: Its Ethical and Social Teachings, by Ethel J. Rosenberg, in Transactions of the Third International Congress for the History of Religions, Volume 1. Overview of the Faith, presented as an address to the Congress held at Oxford, September 15-18, 1906. [about]
  78. 1900. Addresses Delivered before the New York and Chicago Assemblies, by Abdel Karim Effendi Teherani. Talks to the New York and Chicago assemblies, delivered at Abdu'l-Bahá's request, to deepen the believers following the covenant-breaking of Ibrahim Kheiralla, published as a 100-page booklet. [about]
  79. 1899/1911/1958/1997. Explanation of Spiritual Evolution as Taught from the Bahá'í Teachings, by Lua Getsinger and Edward C. Getsinger. Chart "Cycle of Life" allegedly drawn on Abdu'l-Bahá's behalf (1899) to refute reincarnation; accompanying text quoting Lua's pilgrim's notes by Curtis Kelsey (1958); a letter from the Universal House of Justice (1997); and a talk by Lua Getsinger (1911). [about]
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