March 2012 eNewsletter


Islam Course a Vehicle for Social Action, Public Discourse, and a Video!  

Follow in a video how a Baha'i study group used a Wilmette Institute course to foster dialogue with the mosque next door.
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How to Propose a New Wilmette Institute Course
Here are guidelines for suggesting a new course.
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Science and Religion Course Postponed
Check out plans for Science and Religion courses in the future.
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Education Under Fire Needs Your Help
Lend your help to Baha'i students in Iran who are denied access to higher education.
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Association for Baha'i Studies Annual Meeting
The Association for Baha'i Studies will hold its annual conference in Montreal, August 9-12, on the theme of "`Abdu'l-Baha's Vision for North America." You can access the theme statement at, and the Call for Presentations at The deadline for proposals is April 1. Hotel and travel information can be found at
Social Media
Web Finds: Three Online Encyclopedias
Web Finds takes you this month to three online encyclopedia resources.
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Keeping in Touch Via Social Media
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Our Students Speak Up
Social Action and Public Discourse Course Prompts Lively Discussion
Read a variety of reactions to and comments on the Social Action and Public Discourse course.
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The Challenge of Implementing Public Discourse in a Work Environment
A Baha'i decides to test public discourse in his work environment.
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Mark Your Calendar

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     

 July 1 - Sept. 30, 2012 

Exploring the Christian New Testament  


July 15 - Aug. 30, 2012
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.  

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  

March - May 2012 Courses

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

Duration of course: Three months (Mar. 1 - May 31, 2012)

In this course on the Baha'i Faith and philosophy, we will explore the relationship between the Baha'i teachings and many eternal human questions, such as metaphysics (the system of principles underlying a particular study or subject), religion and spirituality, epistemology (how we know something), ethics, social philosophy, aesthetics and self-expression, and the philosophy of law, education, politics, love, and humanity.

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`Abdu'l-Baha in America      

Lead Faculty: Robert Stockman
Faculty: 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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Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue
Lead Faculty: Zaid Lundberg

Duration of course: Seven weeks (May 1 - June 15, 2012)

In this course we will explore the Baha'i teachings shaping the unique Baha'i approach to interfaith relations and the emphases in the message from the Universal House of Justice to the world's religious leaders. For background, we will examine One Common Faith, some tablets by Baha'u'llah, the history of Baha'i involvement in interfaith dialogue, and some scholarly statements by religious communities on the topic. Finally, we will consider practical aspects about interfaith dialogue and its continuing importance during the current Five Year Plan with its emphasis on public discourse.

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How to Study the Baha'i Writings
Lead Faculty: Sandra Hutchison

$75 for individuals; $150 for groups of up to six!

Duration of course: Six weeks (May 7 - June 16, 2012)

KISquare This six-week abbreviated version of our longer course on How to Study the Baha'i Writings is designed to introduce students to a method of studying the Baha'i scriptures systematically by using a number of literary and exegetical tools. In the course we will study selected passages from Baha'i scripture through four "windows" into the meaning of divine wisdom: Language; Theme; Structure; and the Work as a Whole. Through learning to read carefully, with attention to figurative language, theme, structure, and the place of the work in the author's writings, we will develop tools for analyzing any Baha'i text systematically.

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Baha'u'llah's Revelation: A Systematic Survey
Lead Faculty: Moojan Momen 
Faculty: Christopher Buck

Duration of course: Four months (May 15 - September 15, 2012)

Baha'u'llah's Revelation In this four-month course we will undertake a systematic introduction to twenty of Baha'u'llah's most important works, ranging from The Hidden Words to Epistle to the Son of the Wolf and the obligatory prayers. We will study themes in the works, topics that Baha'u'llah progressively revealed during His ministry, and related tablets wherever possible. The course is designed for learners seeking basic information about the writings of Baha'u'llah, new Baha'is wishing more context on Baha'u'llah's most important works, and veteran Baha'is seeking a deeper understanding of the ocean of Baha'u'llah's revelation. We will not read the twenty works in their entirety but, rather, will sample passages from the selection of important works revealed by Baha'u'llah.

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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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