January 2013 eNewsletter


'Abdu'l-Bah� in Europe, 1913: Centenary Commemorations Marking the Master's Visits to the United Kingdom and France
Follow 'Abdu'l-Bah�'s visits to Europe one hundred years ago through four websites.
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Two New Books Add Information about 'Abdu'l-Bah�'s Historic Visits to France, Switzerland, and North America, 1911-13
Exciting new books released for the centenary of 'Abdu'l-Bah�'s 2011-13 visits to North America and Europe add new information to what we know about the Master's historic journeys.
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Education Under Fire: Worsening Persecution, Resilience, New Electronic Tools for 2013 Campaign
Increased persecution of Bah�'�s in Iran spurs efforts to share their story and highlights the need to move into a new phase of Education Under Fire with two new free electronic resources.
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Save These Dates!
Check out an updated list of calls for papers, academic conferences, and webinars in 2013.
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Social Media
Facebook and Twitter Discounts
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Doing so could get you a discount on your next Wilmette Institute course. We are offering discount codes for 10 or even 20 percent for selected courses via those two social media.

Audio CDs for Sale for Plenary Sessions of ABS Annual Conference on the Vision of 'Abdu'l-Bah� for North America.
Includes talks (in mp3 format on CD) by Douglas Martin, Louise Mandell, Roshan Danesh, June Manning Thomas, Mina Yazdani, Chief Douglas White III, Shahpour Rasskekh, Robert Stockman, Louis Venters, Ann Boyles, and more. Purchase at <http://www.bahai-studies.ca/catalog/12/cds_dvs>, or call 613-233-1903 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST).

Comedian Omid Djalili Discusses Bah�'� Artists
Click on
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0upVKozYv-U for a brief discussion by a Bah�'� comedian of the Bah�'� Faith's "cultural and artistic tradition" in which poetry pulls out truths, painting is prayer, and music is a ladder for the soul. 

Have You Missed Past ABS Webinars?
Now you can listen to/view past ABS Webinars by clicking on <http://www.bahai-studies.ca/PastWebinars>. These include talks by Dr. Arash Abizadeh (ethical democracy); Dr. Kamran Sedig (concept of the spirit); Mrs. Sovaida Ma'ani-Ewing (world federation); Dr. Michael Penn (morality and mental health); Dr. Payam Akhavan (preventing genocide); and Dr. John S. Hatcher (questions surrounding the appearance of Prophets). 

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Social Action and Public Discourse Course Inspires Students to Take a Variety of Actions
Novices (mostly) find inspiration in the letters of the Universal House of Justice to step into the arena of social action and public discourse.
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The Proverbial Rock in a Pond: A WI Alumnus Shares Story of Action That Is Still Generating Ripples
A tea for women to show the Education Under Fire documentary generates more actions.
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Mark Your Calendar
April 1 - May 29, 2013 

June - November 2013 Course Schedule


Below is the Wilmette Institute's course schedule for June through November 2013. Starting dates may change, based on faculty availability.  


International Development and the Bah�'� Faith 


Social Action and Public Discourse 

The Bah�'� Faith: A Comprehensive Introduction



Zoroastrianism for Deepening and Dialogue



World Federation: The Time Has Come





Exploring the Qur'�n

The Advancement of Women

Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind  


Judaism for Deepening and Dialogue

One Common Faith    


The Life of Bah�'u'll�h

Science, Religion, and the Future

Hinduism for Deepening and Dialogue  

January - March 2013 Courses

Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

Lead Faculty: Hussein Ashchi
Faculty: Christopher Buck

Duration of course: Seven weeks (January 2, 2012 - February 1, 2013)

In this course we will explore Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, Bah�'u'll�h's last major work, which is a single letter containing His own anthology of His writings. Reading the book slowly over a period of six weeks, we will examine major themes of Bah�'u'll�h's revelation: God as the source of His revelation; Who Bah�'u'll�h is; why He came; proofs of His station; His general teachings; the sufferings He endured; humanity's responses to His revelation; and accounts of martyrs that illustrate the transforming power of the Bah�'� Faith. Revealed for an enemy of the Bah�'� Faith, Shaykh Muhammad-Taq� (surnamed "Son of the Wolf"), the book warns him about the consequences of his persecution of the Faith. Containing as it does Bah�'u'll�h's quotations from His own revelation, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf provides an excellent summary of themes He considered important to understanding the Bah�'� Faith.

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Charters of the Faith: The Tablet of Carmel, the Tablets of the Divine Plan, and the Will and Testament of `Abdu'l-Bah�

Lead Faculty: Ed DiLiberto
Faculty: Robert Harris, Robert Wilson

Duration of course: Seven weeks (January 15 - March 5, 2013)

In this course we will study the "three Charters" of the Bah�'� Faith identified by Shoghi Effendi: Bah�'u'll�h's Tablet of Carmel and `Abdu'l-Bah�'s Will and Testament and Tablets of the Divine Plan. We will read and discuss the full texts of these three charters, supplementing our reading with stories, photographs, and other materials and seeking to gain a deeper understanding of their significance and their application in our own lives. We will examine the "three distinct processes" that Shoghi Effendi states these three charters set in motion, "the first operating in the Holy Land for the development of the institutions of the Faith at its World Center and the other two, throughout the rest of the Bah�'� world, for its propagation and the establishment of its Administrative Order" (Messages to the Bah�'� World, p. 84). . . .

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Lead Faculty: Christine Muller
Faculty:  Arthur Lyon Dahl, Carole Flood, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Duration of course: Eight weeks (February 1 - March 30, 2013)

In this course we will study writings and documents that will help us become literate in the science of climate change and to acquire an understanding of how it impacts us today and will continue to impact us in the future. We will also explore ethical questions related to climate change and address them in the context of the spiritual teachings of the world's religions, especially those of the Bah�'� Faith. Other units will help us make enlightened decisions for our lives that are consistent with our spiritual and ethical values. Finally, we will learn to participate in public discourse by being empowered to present spiritual solutions to the climate crisis offered by Bah�'� texts to those who are concerned about this problem. For those interested in a more thorough study of climate change or who are interested in specific aspects of it or in its ethical challenges and spiritual dimensions, the course offers numerous optional resources. . . .

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Lead Faculty:  Phyllis Ghim Lian Chew
Faculty: Robert Stockman

Duration of course: Seven weeks (February 15 - April 4, 2013)

In this course we will cover the rise and development of the Taoist and Confucian traditions; explore their ideas, values, and practices; consider the ways in which they are being modified and applied in the modern world; and examine their similarities to and differences from the Bah�'� teachings. By studying Chinese thought and values, Bah�'�s will obtain a greater appreciation of the Bah�'� Faith and acquire experience in sharing the perspective of their faith with Chinese people in an informed and respectful manner.

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Lead Faculty: Wendi Momen 
Faculty: Keyvan Geula, Hoda Kemp

Duration of course: Thirteen weeks (February 20 - May 20, 2013)

Marriage (a "fortress for well-being and salvation," according to Bah�'u'll�h) and family life (the crucible for creating unity) provide crucial environments for human development and self-expression and are central to child rearing, education, morality, and spirituality. In this course we will review of the background of the two institutions and then turn to a discussion of the types of families; mate selection and commitment; sexuality and gender roles; fertility and parenting; family relationships; marriage, work, and economics; the dissolution of marriages; and strengths and needs of marriage and the family. In examining marriage and family life we will draw on the research of psychologists, the writings of Bah�'�s, and the scriptures of the Bah�'� Faith.

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Lead Faculty:  Anne Perry 
Faculty: Sandra Hutchison, Marjan Nirou Saniee

Duration of course: Seven weeks (March 1 - April 18, 2013)

In this course on the Bah�'� Faith and the arts (offered a second time because of popular demand), we will explore the purpose of the arts from a Bah�'� perspective; how art and religion have harmonized and conflicted in the past and how the Bah�'� dispensation will be similar to and different from the past; the artist as a unique person with a special gift and how the Bah�'� writings encourage artists; reframing imagination, creativity, and risk-taking within a Bah�'� context and prioritizing the positive aspects of creativity to enhance our lives, our communities, the Bah�'� Faith, and the future; and developing a serviceable language about the arts that enables us to integrate the arts more fully into Feasts, Holy Days, core activities, commemorations, and so on and to include more people in art making and appreciation of the arts.

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Lead Faculty: Moojan Momen 
Faculty: Peter Smith

Duration of course: Seven weeks (March 5 - April 23, 2013)

This course is different from most courses offered by the Wilmette Institute in that it aims to teach students how to read historical writings critically, rather than to impart knowledge on a given topic. In other words, the course introduces students to the academic study of Bah�'� history, showing them how to read historical accounts critically. Three units will examine motifs of Bah�'� history, breaking through cultural boundaries, and the basics of critical reading. Four additional units use specific accounts (for example, the B�b's childhood and the Danish Bah�'� community) to examine the nature of the evidence an author uses and the arguments presented in an article. The course aims to provide learners with tools that will enable them to read more widely than the standard accounts of Bah�'� history and to be able to assess them using tools used in the course.

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Lead Faculty:  Sandra Hutchison

Duration of course: Seven weeks (March 10 - April 28, 2013)

HSBW How to Study the Bah�'� Writings is designed to introduce learners to a systematic method of studying the Bah�'� scriptures by using a number of literary and exegetical tools. In the course we will study selected passages from Bah�'� 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 literal and figurative language, theme, structure, and the place of the work in the author's writings, we will develop tools for analyzing any Bah�'� text systematically. The course will also examine quickly five other "windows" into the meaning of scripture: the oeuvre (body of works), the biography, the times, the literary tradition, and the world scriptural tradition.

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Lead Faculty: Farhad Rassekh 
Faculty: Shahruz Mohtadi, Hooshmand Badee

Duration of course: Seven weeks (March 20 - May 7, 2013)

In this course we will examine the guiding principles in the Bah�'� authoritative texts that relate to economics and the betterment of society. The Bah�'� Faith does not provide an economic system, but its spiritual and ethical values have much to say about the material aspects of life and the organization of society. We will review the world's economic conditions in the light of writings by Bah�'� and non-Bah�'� experts and consider the moral and ethical implications of Bah�'� teachings for improving such conditions.

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The Wilmette Institute offers quality online courses on the Bah�'� 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 Bah�'�s of the United States.

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