July 2012 eNewsletter

East and West Encounters Yesterday and Today
Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore, two Eastern philosophers who visited North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, resurface in art exhibits.
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Education Under Fire 
Listen to Jose Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, introduce the Education Under Fire documentary and discuss the spiritual qualities of Baha'i representatives that caught his attention.
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A Search Engine for Baha'i Pages and Website
Visit a search engine that takes the work out of finding Baha'i information and websites.
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Grave Matters: Photos and Listings of Millions of Graves around the World
An addictive website that helps you to find sites and photographs of graves of many Baha'is worldwide and of individuals associated with the Faith.
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Keeping in Touch Via Social Media
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Our Students Speak Up & Act 
An Irish Baha'i Discovers a New Approach to Laws in the Kitab-i-Aqdas
A former Catholic finds that Baha'i laws have positive applications.
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Astronomy Professor Learns More about How to Study the Baha'i Writings
The course How to Study the Baha'i Writings opens doors to techniques of studying and reflecting on the Baha'i writings.
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Mark Your Calendar
October 1 - November 29, 2012
The Writings of the Bab  

      October 8 - January 8, 2012
Science and Religion

      November 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013
Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue

November 15, 2012 - February 15, 2013
December 2012-May 2013 Course Schedule

Below is the Wilmette Institute's course schedule, December 2012 through May 2013. The starting dates may change, based on faculty availability.  

Baha'i Theology

The Secret of Divine Civilization



How to Study the Baha'i Writings


Epistle to the Son of the Wolf


Charters of the Faith


Zoroastrianism for Deepening and Dialogue


Climate Change


Building the Fortress: Marriage and Family Life 



Social Action and Public Discourse


Economics and the Baha'i Faith 


Science, Religion, and the Future

Baha'u'llah's Early Mystic Writings


Introduction to Shi'ism and Shaykhism

Exploring the Tanakh/Old Testament

International Development and the Bah�'� Faith  


July - September 2012 Courses

Exploring the Christian New Testament       

Lead Faculty: Daniel Grolin
Faculty: Ted Brownstein


Use "WI30" to get a 30% discount by July 8! 


Duration of course: Three month (July 1 - September 30, 2012)

Page from the New Testament In this course on the Christian New Testament we will explore the life of Jesus; the canonization of the New Testament; stories and precepts in the canonical Gospels; the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles; the Apocalypse; and prophecies of Jesus and their fulfillment. We will examine major themes from the Gospels that form part of Christian belief: conceptions of God; Christian rites, the Eucharist, and baptism; the kingdom of God; faith in miracles; the Crucifixion; and the Resurrection. . . . 


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The Tabernacle of Unity

Lead Faculty: Susan Maneck
Faculty: Christopher Buck, Farhad Rassekh

Duration of course: Seven weeks (August 15 - October 3, 2012)

Tabernacle of Unity The five tablets in The Tabernacle of Unity proclaim some of the central tenets of Baha'u'llah's Faith and the universality of His prophetic claims. In the course we will undertake a careful reading of the five tablets, exploring the Baha'i concepts of progressive revelation and the role of religion in advancing human civilization; the relevance of the book to interfaith dialogue; and what the tablets teach us about the process of revelation. Baha'u'llah addressed two tablets to a Zoroastrian who admired Him and who asked questions about Zoroastrianism and Hinduism and three tablets to Baha'is of Zoroastrian background. . . .

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The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi

Faculty: Duane Troxel, Graham Hassall

Duration of course: Seven weeks (September 1 - October 23, 2012)

This course looks briefly at Shoghi Effendi's childhood and youth (1897-1921) and more extensively at his ministry as Guardian of the Baha'i Faith (1921-57). The course will consider the many roles Shoghi Effendi filled as he carried out his duties as Guardian in fostering the growth and development of the Baha'i Faith. These include builder, interpreter, author, and translator. Shoghi Effendi devoted much of his ministry to building the administrative order outlined by Baha'u'llah and elaborated by `Abdu'l-Baha in His Will and Testament and to using it as an instrument for fostering the international spread of the Baha'i Faith called for by `Abdu'l-Baha in the Tablets of the Divine Plan. . . .

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The Baha'i Faith and the Arts

Lead Faculty: Anne Perry
Faculty: Lynne Yancy, Vickie Hu Poirier

Duration of course: Seven weeks (September 10 - October 31, 2012)

In this course on the Baha'i Faith and the arts we will explore the purpose of the arts from a Baha'i perspective; how art and religion have harmonized and conflicted in the past; the artist as a unique person with a special gift; re-framing imagination, creativity, and risk-taking within a Baha'i context; and developing a serviceable language about the arts.. . . .

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Introduction to Archives for Baha'i Archivists

Lead Faculty: Roger Dahl
Faculty: Lois Walker, Sue Rishworth

Duration of course: Three months (September 15 - December 15, 2012)

aRCHIVES Organized by the United States National Baha'i Archives and taught by three Baha'i archivists, this course will introduce local and national Baha'i archivists to principles that will help them organize and maintain their collections. Registration for the course is open to local and national Baha'i archivists (and to others only by permission of the National Archives). The course will include activities that will require access to archival materials in a Baha'i archives. . . .

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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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