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Race Unity Pamphlets

The news these days is heartbreaking. Like you, I continually ask myself what more I could be doing to promote racial harmony and understanding. Last year, I sold out of all of my pamphlets on Race Unity, and I'm sorry to say, the interest in them had gotten so low that I couldn't justify reprinting any of them. I'm reconsidering that decision, but I need your help. After the picture below, which links to the few race unity materials I still have, I am posting the full text of two of my old pamphlets. If you have the time, [...]

June 9th, 2020|

Art Of Consultation

Art and Consultation: Creating Space and Planting Seeds in the Garden of Your Mind I came across this old article about the art of consultation on the same day as a friend posted this WONDERFUL video mash-up of Mr Rogers. Somehow, the idea of creating space for new ideas seemed to be the perfect prerequisite for planting ideas in the garden of your mind. See what you think: Part 1) At a Wisconsin Bahá’í School class on consultation, someone mentioned the “art of consultation.”  Being an artist myself, my mind shifted sideways to ask what art and consultation have [...]

May 26th, 2020|

What We Want

I originally wrote these comments on the first anniversary of 9/11, but they are just as appropriate today. *** One would think that after a year like the one we have just experienced, the world would be clamoring for what we have to offer. They aren’t. After much reflection, I have an idea as to why:  They don’t want what we are offering.  They want what we want.  What we are offering, for the most part, are words, ideas, hopes and visions.  What they want – and we want – is love. For many years as a Baha’i, I operated under the assumption that love [...]

May 25th, 2020|

Gratitude And Generosity

I read two things today that moved me to write this post. The first was an article that predicted that the next few years may be even more challenging than the Great Depression. The second was a letter from the Universal House of Justice that said, among other things: "Local Spiritual Assemblies in particular should consider what means might be within their power to prevent, relieve, or mitigate suffering in the wider society of which they are an integral part."  During the first great depression, the Baha'is of Chicago ran a soup kitchen for the needy. Thinking big is not [...]

May 12th, 2020|

Hope

People are worried about the future. The world has not faced a challenge this big for over 70 years. People need the hopeful vision that the Baha'i Writings offer. Here it is in a pocket-sized booklet that you can send through the mail for 70¢ in postage. (We also sell envelopes.) Bahai Teachings for a hopeful future Baha'i Teachings for a Hopeful Future is the booklet for seekers who want to go straight to the source. Here readers will find over one hundred carefully selected quotations that offer an uplifting and hopeful vision of humanity's potential. The cover is [...]

April 30th, 2020|

Help Hospitals

25% off sale is extended 2 additional weeks to allow your NEW Assembly to consult on how you can help hospitals deal with the stress of the pandemic. Book of Comfort and Healing A few weeks ago, I told you about a call from a hospital chaplain. She was in a bit of a panic. Her hospital was on lock-down. Family and friends were not allowed to visit patients, and even she and the other chaplains were having to keep their distance. Patients needed something spiritually uplifting to help them cope.  How fast could we get a case [...]

April 23rd, 2020|

Why Me – Again

This week, I'm posting the very end of the book, where I explore why and how God tests humanity as a whole, as He is right now. After that, I end by giving you permission to be angry or upset with God. No matter how logical my explanations for suffering might be, it still hurts. It is OK to be upset. God understands. The Gardener and the Rose art print pamphlet Testing Humanity All of the different kinds of tests that I have discussed in relation to us as individuals, also apply to humanity as a whole.  [...]

April 14th, 2020|

Why Me?

The book Why Me? continues to be relevant as we struggle through these challenging times. Why does God test humanity, and why do innocent people have to suffer in the process? The following is an excerpt from the last chapter of my book. It addresses the question of why innocent people suffer. Next week I will address the question of how and why God sends tests to humanity as a whole. Why Me? A spiritual guild to growing through tests Why Us, Why Them? There is only one question that is more difficult to answer than the one we [...]

April 7th, 2020|

Gift of Prayerss

Twenty-five years ago, Karen and I published our first edition of A Gift of Prayers. Since that time, it has sold well over 250,000 copies, and has been published in six different editions (including one in Italian).  To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, we are reducing the price by 25% between now and July 9th. And it couldn't come at a better time. A Gift of Prayers The world is in more need of prayers now than at any time since the last World War. Many people of different faiths and no faith at all are becoming open to [...]

March 31st, 2020|

Quarantine Stress

Karen and I have been living and working together 24/7 for over 20 years, so this "stay at home" thing is not much of a change for us. But for many couples and families, the quarantine is creating new stresses - either because you feel isolated, or because you feel like you have no "alone" time, or, oddly, both at the same time. Here are some books and resources that might help. And yes, although we are not "essential" we are still in operation because we can do our work without leaving home except to drop off a tub [...]

March 25th, 2020|