June 2012 eNewsletter

Institute Faculty for `Abdu'l-Baha Course Share Stories at Wilmette Centenary Event
Faculty for the 'Abdu'l-Baha in America course, some in 1912-era costumes, shared stories about the Master after the commemoration at the Baha'i House of Worship.
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Education Under Fire--Two New Videos, One By Rainn Wilson
Release of videos by Rainn Wilson and screen actress Nazanin Boniadi mark one-year anniversary of attacks on BIHE.
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Wikipedia and Others Write about BIHE and Education Under Fire
Articles in Wikipedia and The Chronicle Review mark how far Education Under Fire has come in one year.
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Thanks to a Volunteer Nature Photographer
Glenn Franco Simmons is providing nature photographs for courses and for Facebook and Twitter.
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If you are hoping for a discount on your next Wilmette Institute course, you will need to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. We are offering discount codes for 10 or even 20 percent for selected courses via those two social media.

239days Website: Fountain of Information on 'Abdu'l-Baha's North American Trip
Follow 'Abdu'l-Baha's trip in real time and with short, contextual essays.
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'Abdu'l-Baha Still Inspires Contributions to New York's Bowery Mission 
Accounts of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to the Bowery Mission in New York City in 1912 is still prompting contributions to the Mission.
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The Kitab-i-Aqdas Opens New Layers of Meaning

A candidate for a Master's degree squares her former religion with the Baha'i Faith and discovers a new approach to learning.
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Studying the Kitab-i-Aqdas Forged New Habits for Retirement
A retiree finds new routines and habits, new spaces for study and meditation.
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Laws of Science and Soul Unite in a Study of the Kitab-i-Aqdas
A climbing instructor finds new connections between physical and spiritual reality.
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Mark Your Calendar
   September 1 - November 30, 2012 

The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi   


September 10 - October 31, 2012
September 15 - December 15, 2012

 October 1 - December 31, 2012
The Writings of the Bab   

November 2012-April 2013 Course Schedule

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

Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue

Islam for Deepening and Dialogue

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 


June - August 2012 Courses

Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue
Lead Faculty: Robert Stockman
Faculty: Anne Pearson

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

In this 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 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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Social Action and Public Discourse
Lead Faculty: Betty J. Fisher
Faculty: Farzin Aghdasi, Sherna Deamer, Barney Leith

$100 for individuals; $240 for groups of up to six!

Duration of course: Seven weeks (June 13 - July 31, 2012)

In this course we will explore social action and public discourse and their dynamic relationship to the core activities, external affairs, and other Baha'i activities in the Five Year Plan. We will begin with a compilation of Baha'i texts on social action and public discourse and an historical survey of Baha'i involvement in the two areas of action. Then we will explore social action and public discourse in letters from the Universal House of Justice and in writings of Baha'i institutions and individual Baha'is. We will conclude by discussing resources that will help each of us in our spiritual and practical journey as we incorporate social actions and public discourse into our lives. . .

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

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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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Exploring the Christian New Testament       

Lead Faculty: Daniel Grolin
Faculty: Ted Brownstein


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. We will study Christianity for the purposes of deepening and dialogue--that is, for understanding the basics of Christianity as a divinely revealed religion (and, by comparison, the Baha'i Faith) and for learning how to share the perspective of one's own faith with a variety of Christians in an informed and respectful manner.  


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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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