February 2012 eNewsletter



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The Wilmette Institute launches its own YouTube channel.
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A New Way to "Friend" the Wilmette Institute
Many of you have "friended" and are following the Wilmette Institute on Facebook and Twitter. Now we have a page on Google+, Google's new social networking site that is giving Facebook a run for its money. Please add us to your circles. We will continue to post regularly to Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

Exhibit on Judaism for Judaism Course
Check out a virtual exhibit on Judaism for the Judaism for Deepening and Dialogue course now in progress.
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Iran through a Positive Lens
A photo essay reveals another side of Iran.
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The Baha'i Faith on Twitter
See how Baha'is and Baha'i institutions are using Twitter.
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Our Students Speak Up
Mark Your Calendar
 May 1 - June 15, 2012
Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue  

  May 7 - June 16, 2012
How to Study the Baha'i Writings  

May 15 - Aug. 15, 2012
Bahah'u'llah's Revelation: A Systematic Survey

June 1 - Aug. 31, 2012

 Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue     


June 15 - Sept. 15, 2012

 Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas     


2012 Course Schedule

Below is the Wilmette Institute's 2012 course schedule, June through December 2012. The starting dates may change, based on faculty availability.  

Exploring the Christian New Testament

The Advancement of Women

Tabernacle of Unity

The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi  


The Baha'i Faith and the Arts 


Introduction to Archives for Baha'i Archivists

The Writings of the Bab

Prayers and Meditations

Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue

Islam for Deepening and Dialogue

Baha'i Theology

The Secret of Divine Civilization  

February - April 2012 Courses

Century of Light
Lead Faculty: Zaid Lundberg
Faculty: Ed DiLiberto and Graham Hassall

Still Available for Registration!

Duration of course: Seven weeks (Feb. 1 - Mar. 20, 2012)

`Abdu'l-Baha referred to the twentieth century as the "century of light" while also forecasting terrible trials for humanity and events of great consequence for humanity's future. In 2001 the Universal House of Justice released a historical study of the century, noting that between 1900 and 2000 "our world underwent changes," mostly little understood, "far more profound than any in its preceding history" and, at the same time, the Baha'i Faith emerged from obscurity, "demonstrating on a global scale the unifying power with which its Divine origin has endowed it." In this course we will review, in the context of the Baha'i teachings, the two processes of the disintegration of an old order and the emergence of a new order detailed in Century of Light and will examine the relationship between them. . . .

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Judaism for Deepening and Dialogue
Lead Faculty: Ted Brownstein
Faculty: Daniel Grolin

Duration of course: Three months (Feb. 15 - May 15, 2012)

Torah scroll Judaism, the oldest of the Semitic religions, can be said to be the mother Faith of Christianity, Islam, the Babi Faith, and the Baha'i Faith. Our study of Judaism will focus on the eternal spiritual teachings that, according to the Baha'i writings, all religions share. We will also explore Jewish theology and principles; Jewish history, Biblical, post-Biblical, modern, and modern sectarian; post-Biblical literature; the Jewish calendar, prayer, and life-cycle rituals; and Jewish/Baha'i dialogue. . . .

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The Baha'i Faith and Philosophy 
Lead Faculty: Ian Kluge
Faculty: Wolfgang Klebel

Science and Religion    

Lead Faculty: Marleen Chase

Faculty: Nicola Daniels  


Duration of course: Three Months (Mar. 15 - June 15, 2012)


Most Baha'is accept the harmony of science and religion and yet struggle to engage in the complexity of contemporary discussions. In this course we will explore a complementary view of science and religion consistent with both disciplines and with Baha'i texts while examining typical philosophical and historical misunderstandings that effectively undermine harmony. No background preparation is necessary, but we expect students to learn some basic philosophical concepts from course readings outside of Baha'i texts and to develop a more complex understanding of science and those who write about it.    


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`Abdu'l-Baha in America      

Faculty: Robert Stockman, Anne Perry, and Duane Troxel


Duration of course: Three month (Apr. 1 - June 30, 2012)

`Abdu'l-Baha in America will explore `Abdu'l-Baha's epochal journey across the North American continent from April 11 through December 5, 1912. In the course we will look at the journey both chronologically and thematically, considering each of the places the Master visited and His various accomplishments. An initial unit will discuss requests from American Baha'is that prompted `Abdu'l-Baha to visit Egypt, Europe, and North America. `Abdu'l-Baha's journey in the United States and Canada teaches us many things, provides many stories we can tell that will attract others to Him and to the Baha'i Faith, and prepares us for opportunities for public discourse that the one-hundredth anniversary of His visit provides.  


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Exploring the Qur'an       

Lead Faculty: Hussein Ashchi 

Faculty: Chris Buck and Susan Maneck


Duration of course: Three months (Apr. 15 - July 15, 2012)

Quran calligraphy

The Qur'an, the divine revelation on which the religion of Islam is based, is the focus of this course. The Baha'i authoritative writings are filled with quotations from and allusions to the Qur'an, and many words used by the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and `Abdu'l-Baha have Qur'anic resonances. We will begin with an examination of Baha'i references to the Qur'an, an introduction to the Qur'an, and a summary of the tenets of Islam. In other units we will study how the Qur'an describes itself and delve into several topics in the Qur'an: the nature of God; divine unity; the Prophets of God; and the Latter Day. In a final unit we will discuss some Qur'anic verses as they relate to the Baha'i Faith. . . .  


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The Wilmette Institute offers quality online courses on the Baha'i Faith. It is committed to engaging a broad and diverse international community of learners in deep study of the Faith and to fostering love for study of the Faith. The Wilmette Institute was established in January 1995 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.

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