May 2012 eNewsletter

Wilmette Institute's Annual Report:
Continued Expansion during Its Five Year Plan
Survey of the mission, goals, and accomplishments of the Wilmette Institute
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Education Under Fire
An update on the EUF and Drive to 25 campaigns and a list of 13 short Angels of Iran documentaries.
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Social Media
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Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue:
Internet Sources Facilitate Action
Consider Internet sources for preparing for dialogue.
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Our Students Speak Up
A Learner, a Mentor, Accompaniment, and Century of Light
Brian Wessel A math teacher dives deeper into the ocean of Baha'u'llah's revelation, confident in the accompaniment of his mentor.
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Frank Forum Discussions Lead to Plan to Form Study Groups
Intimidation gave way in frank internet forum discussions and was replaced with a plan to gather friends for future study groups.
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How to Study the Baha'i Writings Course Opens Doors to Growth
Learning how to read Baha'i texts provided skills for spiritual and profession activities.
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Mark Your Calendar
 August 15 - October 3, 2012

  Tabernacle of Unity   

  September 1 - November 30, 2012 

The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi   


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

2012-13 Course Schedule

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

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



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 


May - July 2012 Courses

Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue
Lead Faculty: William Collins, Ed DiLiberto, and Barney Leith

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

The exciting discussions have just begun! Join in while you can!

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. 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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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 salient passages.

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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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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. In the course of our study 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 be studying 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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