October 2012 eNewsletter


Baha'i Studies Review, Vol. 17, Now Available
How to purchase a Baha'i journal featuring an article on the Baha'i Race Amity Movement.
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Education Under Fire, Phase 2: Update and Review of Documentary
An update and a student's personal review of the EUF documentary.
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Artists & Scholars Symposium Call for Papers
Details on a February 2013 conference dedicated to participating in the discourses of society.
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Save These Dates!
An updated list of upcoming academic conferences.
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Useful Websites and Other Sources
A handy list of useful resources often used in Wilmette Institute Courses.
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Pinterest and the Wilmette Institute
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Our Students Speak Up & Act 

Still Ready for Big Surprises
A well-traveled Baha'i from Arizona augments varied life experiences with new learnings from course on Social Action and Public Discourse.
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A Music Teacher Gains Courage for Engaging in Social Action
Understanding what social action is leads a relatively new Baha'i in Malta to put it to work in her personal and professional life.
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Mark Your Calendar
January 2, 2013 - March 2, 2013
Epistle to the Son of the Wolf  

January 20, 2013 - March 20, 2013
Charters of the Faith  

February 1, 2013 - March 20, 2013
Zoroastrianism for Deepening and Dialogue

February 10, 2013 - March 30, 2013 

February 20, 2013 - April 20, 2013
March - August 2013 Course Schedule


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


Social Action and Public Discourse



How to Study the Baha'i Writings 


Economics and the Baha'i Faith 


Baha'u'llah's Early Mystic Writings



The Persecution of the Iranian Baha'i Community 


Introduction to Shi'ism

Exploring the Tanakh/Old Testament

International Development and the Bah�'� Faith 

The Bah�'� Faith: A Comprehensive Introduction



Chinese Religions for Deepening and Dialogue



World Federation: The Time Has Come







October - December 2012 Courses

The Writings of the Bab        

Lead Faculty: Moojan Momen
Faculty: Todd Lawson


Duration of course: Nine weeks (October 1 - November 29, 2012)

This course is an introduction to the principal writings of the Bab. Among the works we will study are the Commentary on the Surih of Joseph (Qayyumu'l-Asma'); tablets to secular and religious leaders; The Seven Proofs (Dala'il-i-Sab`ih); the Persian Bayan (Bayan-i-Farsi); the Arabic Bayan (Bayan al-`Arabiyyah), the Book of Names (Kitab-i-Asma'); and the Book of Five Grades (Kitab-i-Panj-Sha'n). Our study will be both historical and thematic. . . . 


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Science and Religion        

NOW just $99 for individuals and $200 for groups!! Quite a deal! 
Lead Faculty: Robert Sarracino
Faculty: Nicola Daniels, Roger Neyman



Duration of course: Three months (October 8, 2012 - January 8, 2013)

'Abdu'l-Baha compared science and religion to "two wings" of the bird of humankind. Shoghi Effendi called science and religion "the two most potent forces in human life" and predicted that in time these two forces will "be reconciled, will co-operate, and will harmoniously develop." In this course we will explore a complementary view of science and religion consistent both with the philosophy of science and with Baha'i texts. We will examine science and religion from the Baha'i point of view (as we can best understand it at present) and from the point of view of science (represented by philosophers of science chosen from among the ranks of practicing scientists and by the major societies representing science, most of which see the religious worldview, in general, as fundamentally compatible with science). The course is designed to help students develop a more complex understanding of science and the scientific method. No background preparation is necessary. . . .


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Social Action and Public Discourse        

Lead Faculty:
Betty J. Fisher 

Faculty: Sherna Deamer, Barney Leith  



Duration of course: Seven weeks (October 15 - December 2, 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 the spiritual requirements needed for 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. The course is designed for learners seeking basic information about social action and public discourse and for veteran Baha'is who are already involved in the two processes. 


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Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue

Lead Faculty: Daniel Grolin
 Ted Brownstein

Duration of course: Three months (November 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013)

Chrstianity for Deepening and Dialogue In Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue we will explore major themes from the Gospels that form part of Christian belief: conceptions of God and the trinity; Christian rites, the Eucharist, and baptism; the kingdom of God; faith in miracles; the Crucifixion; and the Resurrection. We will begin with an introduction to the Bible and its organization and will also cover politics and religion. Using Baha'i, Islamic, and academic perspectives, we will examine the themes in the Gospels' original context and then explore them in their modern forms. 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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Islam for Deepening and Dialogue

Lead Faculty: Susan Maneck
Faculty: Christopher Buck,
Lil Osborn

Duration of course: Three months (November 15, 2012 - February 15, 2013)

The Kaaba In Islam for Deepening and Dialogue we will begin with a survey of the life of the Manifestation of God Muhammad and a review of the origins, development, and content of the Qur'an, including the teachings and practices of Islam. We will then examine the Sunni/Shiite split over issues of succession and authority and discuss Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, and the Sufi poetic tradition. Finally, we will turn to contemporary Islam and to Islam and other religions, including the Baha'i Faith. With ongoing anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States and elsewhere in the world, there is no better time to improve our understanding of one of the world's most important and influential religions and to prepare for discussing it with Christian and Muslim friends and neighbors.

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Baha'i Theology

Lead Faculty: Ian Kluge
Faculty: Wolfgang Klebel

Duration of course: Three months (December 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013)

candle reflection This course on Baha'i theology (the study of God and creation and of the relationship between them) provides an in-depth study of many of the fundamental spiritual teachings of the Baha'i Faith. The units are organized around a series of questions we all ask from time to time: Who am I (what is the nature of human nature)? How do I know (epistemology, or the study of the nature and grounds of knowledge)? Whom can I trust to guide me (the nature of Manifestations of God and their revelations)? What is the structure of reality (ontology, or the study of the nature and relations of being)? Where do I come from (creation and evolution)? Where are we going (an ever-advancing species and our eternal souls)? What is expected of me (my religious life)? What is freedom and what are the consequences (free will, reward, punishment)? What difference does it make (theology in action)? This course is ideal for seekers and new believers, as well as for veteran Baha'is who want to delve more deeply into the teachings.

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The Secret of Divine Civilization

Lead Faculty: Necati Alkan
Faculty: Ed DiLiberto

Duration of course: Seven weeks (December 15, 2012 - January 31, 2013)

In this course we will study `Abdu'l-Baha's work The Secret of Divine Civilization, the first extensive description of Baha'i social teachings, reading it slowly over a period of weeks. Elaborating on principles that Baha'u'llah enunciated in His tablets to kings and leaders of the world, the treatise describes the true nature of civilization and provides a blueprint for the "future reorganization of the world." To develop the theme of universal peace, honest government, and religion as the true bases of world order, `Abdu'l-Baha redefines the Islamic tradition that a learned person "must guard himself, defend his faith, oppose his passions and obey the commandments of his Lord." Leaders, in particular, are called to a new standard of honesty and trustworthiness, a theme of particular interest during any election cycle. This course will thus look at the complementary processes of personal transformation and social development, leading to a reorganization of the world. It will also examine the book as an early example of public discourse and consider how we can use it to improve our own efforts and public discourse.

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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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