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The Hypocrisy of Frenemies

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:00am

“Would you rather be a friendless loser or have a bunch of friends that secretly hate you?” one of my “friends” in elementary school once asked me.  We were probably...

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Boomers, Millennials, Gen Z: Bridging Generational Differences

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 10:42am

Which generation do you belong to? In the past this question probably seemed meaningless, because only recently have we begun to separate people and their peers by categories based on...

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How to Reinterpret Prophecies with Progressive Revelation

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:50am

The Baha’i writings contain extensive references to the prophecies found in Judeo-Christian and Islamic scriptures – and directly connect them to the Baha’i concept of progressive revelation. Shoghi Effendi, the...

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Will Human Conflict and Violence Ever End?

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:45am

“You Baha’is,” a famous American author once derisively told me, “when will you give up on this unity thing and realize that conflict and violence between humans will never end?”...

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Science as a Resource for Everyone

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 8:00am

Yesterday, on November 10th, World Science Day celebrated science as a resource for everybody, not just the fortunate few in advanced industrialized societies. “The astonishing progress made by science in...

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Christ’s New Name: The Glory of God

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 10:30am

What does the mysterious prophecy in the Book of Revelation mean when it describes the descent of “the New Jerusalem?” In the previous article in this series, relying on the...

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What World Science Day Really Means

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 9:46am

Today World Science Day for Peace and Development honors Open Science – so let’s briefly examine it, and the closely-related field of Citizen Science, in light of the Baha’i teachings....

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Why Climate Change Compels World Unity

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 10:00am

OK – worried about climate change, you’ve developed a more environmentally-aware lifestyle. You recycle, drive an electric car, eat organically, conserve resources. All good, right? Well, not so much.  We...

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Our Human Right to Science

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 9:01am

Baha’is view science as the discover of realities and the highest human attainment – not only essential for our individual spiritual growth but essential to the entire world’s progress.  As...

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At U.N. General Assembly Summit, Civil Society Given Prominent Voice

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:34am

At a first-of-its-kind meeting at the United Nations, non-governmental organizations deliberated, alongside senior government and UN officials, on the status of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Civil Society Forum,...

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Celebrating the International Week of Science and Peace

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 9:05am

Since its beginning, the Baha’i Faith has recognized that science is essential to the spiritual and material development of individuals, groups, and nations: Scientific knowledge is the highest attainment upon...

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Debunking the Fairy Tales of Eternal Economic Growth

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:30am

In the economic free-for-all of a globalized economy, no mechanisms exist for global economic management or common regulations for multinational corporations.  Beyond national borders, anything goes – and as science...

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How the Coming of Baha’u’llah Changed the World

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 8:00am

Even before the appearance of Baha’u’llah, the world’s nations had begun taking steps to eventually become a more globalized community. However, in this case, that world limited itself solely to...

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Creating Spiritual Safety Zones for Our Children and Youth

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 8:00am

Few would disagree that the world our children live in today represents one of unprecedented opportunities – as well as the very real dangers left to them by preceding generations.  ...

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Our Narcissism Epidemic, and What We Can Do About It

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 7:50am

The title of this popular book should frighten us all: The Narcissism Epidemic – Living in the Age of Entitlement. Does our culture actually suffer from an epidemic of narcissism?...

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The Many Uses of Meditation

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 10:33am

The Baha’i teachings suggest meditation as one way we can become acquainted with God and our spiritual nature – and recommend developing a daily meditative practice. As we grow closer...

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Catastrophic Global Warming: True or False?

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 8:40am

Polls show that the majority of people now accept this single scientific fact: our planet has warmed over the past century. But does that fact portend impending disaster, or just...

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Nature Feeds the Human Spirit

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 10:05am

At a very young age, I discovered a love of nature that has in the ensuing years of my life profoundly affected me. Simply stated, nature feeds my spirit in...

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Tech Brings Us Closer, but Only Love Can Unite Us

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 8:33am

When my family and I moved to Vienna, Austria in 1991, international telephone calls were extremely expensive, making it pretty prohibitive to talk to far-flung friends and family. Our monthly...

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Creating Social Justice in Your Own Community

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 10:00am

The best place to start creating social justice is in your own community. We can each advocate for more justice in the wider world, but justice truly begins at home....

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