April 2012 eNewsletter


Education Under Fire   

BIHE Student Tells her Story: Why EUF Needs Your Help
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CBS to Air Interfaith Religion Special in April
Don't miss a CBS special on Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and the Baha'i Faith.
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Websites Explore `Abdu'l-Baha's Three-Year Travels to the West
Amplify your understanding of the Master's historic travels to the West by visiting a number of websites.
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Our Students Speak Up
A Renewed Understanding of the Center of the Covenant
Andrew CampbellA well-read Baha'i finds his tongue loosened by a new look at the Master in `Abdu'l-Baha: His Life and Ministry.
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New Respect for Hinduism Opens a Way to Reach Hindu Seekers
A learner sees the value in a parallel study of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Baha'i writings and finds clues for teaching Hindu seekers.
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A Love Letter to Century of Light
An academic exercise morphed into a new understanding of spiritual life and growth.
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Mark Your Calendar
July 1 - September 30, 2012 

Exploring the Christian New Testament  


July 15 - August 30, 2012

August 15 - October 3, 2012

  Tabernacle of Unity      

2012 Course Schedule

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

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  

April - June 2012 Courses

`Abdu'l-Baha in America      

Lead Faculty: Robert Stockman
Faculty: Anne Perry and Duane Troxel


Duration of course: Three month (April 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 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 (April 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 How to Study the Baha'i Writings is designed to introduce learners to a systematic method of studying the Baha'i scriptures 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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Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue
Lead Faculty: Robert Stockman
Faculty: Anne Pearson

Duration of course: Seven weeks (June 1 - July 21, 2012)
Buddha on a lotus

In this seven-week course on Buddhism we will survey the life and teachings of the Buddha, the development of His ideas, and the widespread dissemination of Buddhism over much of Asia and, since the late nineteenth century, to the West. We will also read some of the Buddhist texts and examine the similarities and differences between Buddhism and the Baha'i Faith (and other religions), including the emphasis both place on personal transformation. The course will deepen your understanding of an important religion that began in India and will prepare you for discussing the concept of higher states of consciousness with Buddhist friends and neighbors.

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Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas
Lead Faculty: Hussein Ashchi
Faculty: Necati Alkan and Graham Hassall

Duration of course: Three months (June 15 - Sept. 15, 2012)

After revealing the Kitab-i-Aqdas in 1873-74, Baha'u'llah penned a series of tablets that include the Lawh-i-Aqdas, the Book of the Covenant, and the Tablet of Carmel. The tablets revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas elaborate on Baha'u'llah's laws, further explore the nature of the mystical life, describe basic theological teachings, and expound on the principles necessary for transforming human society. The bulk of these weighty epistles were published in 1978 in Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas. In this course we will read and study these tablets and discuss their relationship to other works by Baha'u'llah and `Abdu'l-Baha.

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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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