Your Spiritness Expo, May 5 to 6, 2012
Announcing, the Reform Bahai Faith will participate in the
Your Spiritness Expo
May 5 to 6, 2012, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Pontiac Silverdome Fieldhouse
1200 Featherstone Rd
Pontiac, Michigan 48342
We participated in the Your Spiritness Expo in 1999 (then called the Holistic Expohttp://reformbahai.org/Update.html#holisticexpo) and are looking forward to attending this one.
We’ll have a table and will be able to offer the public copies of The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith. http://reformbahai.org/Reform_Bahai_Press.html
Remember Abdul-Baha’s words: “I encourage everyone to engage in the service of the Kingdom. The foundation of this Cause is pure spiritual democracy and not a theocracy.” —Abdul-Baha.
Hope you can make!
The next Fireside will be on Sunday, the May 16, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. Attend a Fireside for details.
The next Fireside will be on Sunday, January. 31th, 2010; 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Here's our new display ad announcing the monthly Fireside Meetings. The next Fireside will be on September 25th, Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Flyer. Hope you can make it!
The July 26th Meeting was held at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London, in the United Kingdom. Approximately 40 to 50 people attended at various times. There were a lot of very good conversations held, with much interest, from some very thoughtful and inquisitive seekers from all over the world and the UK. See photos at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London, UK.
Here's our happy new sign! Bright, hopeful colors, deep-blue sky and yellow sunrise, like the sun rising for a New Day!
The Reform Bahai Faith participated in the Holistic Expo in Warren, Michigan, April 24, 2009. With approximately 2,000 people in attendance, hundreds of people saw our sign and table, with many asking questions and receiving informational flyers and an invitation to attend our first Fireside Meeting in downtown Rochester. We met many seekers and shared with them our love of Baha'u'llah's Teachings!
February 19, 2009
The Reform Bahai Press announces that progress is moving along on the compiling and editing of a new collection of prayers and meditations, A Global Testament of Faith: Prayers and Meditations of Humankind. While predominantly a collection of Bahai prayers, it will include a selection of some of the most spiritually profound and uplifting prayers and writings from all the major religions and wisdom traditions. The target date for publication is early fall, 2010.
January 7, 2009
A few new works have been added under Bahai Writings > Early Western Sources: a number of volumes of Star of the West, one of which contains Abdul-Baha's authentic 1912 Covenant, suppressed from the 1922 Promulgation of Universal Peace, also available now under Abdul-Baha's writings.
November 30, 2008
The revision of this website is largely completed. We hope you enjoy its new features and clearer "organization"!
See the many new books under Bahai Writings and Early Reform Baha'is. Watch for future, forthcoming works, especially the Tablet of the Holy Mariner.
Incidentally, a number of people have asked recently what can they do. It seems "pray" might be the best answer, so all of the prayers available in The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith are now under the Bahai Writings link to the left. May the Divine Being guide all of us as we continue to renew the foundations of the Bahai Movement as Abdul-Baha taught it throughout the West in the early Twentieth Century.
Julie Chanler's 1956 autobiography, From Gaslight to Dawn (413 pages), is now available for download in its entirety. See the selections at the linked page. Her book is an interesting source not only in terms of the background to the Reform Bahai Faith but also since it opens a window onto her own prominent family connections and her meeting with Abdul-Baha in the early years of the twentieth century. We often read that Abdul-Baha's compassion and spirituality drew people to Baha'u'llah's Faith from all walks of life and Julie Chanler's book provides one more testimony to that fact.
It is hoped that over the next few years the Reform Bahai Press will be able to publish From Gaslight to Dawn, along with Ahmad Sohrab's Broken Silence and Ruth White's Abdul Baha's Questioned Will and Testament. Beverly Hills: White, 1946.
Publishing all three books would mean a fairly expensive and time-consuming project for the Reform Bahai Press, but, God willing, the doors will open, and together we'll find a way to move forward through them!
The Reform Bahai Faith has been and is beginning to be carried for its press releases and newspaper calendar announcements, indexed on the Internet:
Extracts from Julie Chanler's From Gaslight to Dawn: An Autobiography (The New History Foundation, 1956) are now available. The Reform Bahai Press will be reprinting her entire book, along with those of Ruth White and Ahmad Sohrab, during the coming years.
The Reform Bahai Faith
The Reform Bahai Faith runs its first proclamation advertisement, beyond the Internet, January 2008, in Rochester, Michigan, published weekly or regularly since then in two area newspapers:
Reform Bahai Faith. Bi-weekly Fireside discussion, readings, prayers. For information about Oakland County gatherings, call (248) 000-0000 or email from www.reformbahai.org
Reform Bahai Press - Seeks New Translations, Manuscripts
The Reform Bahai Faith announces the creation of a new Bahai publishing unit, the Reform Bahai Press.
The Reform Bahai Press seeks new translations of the Writings, especially the Prayers of Baha'u'llah and Abdul-Baha, and other primary Writings and Tablets of the central figures.
It is also seeking information regarding the copyright status of the works of Ruth White, Julie Chanler, and Mirza Ahmad Sohrab and plans to publish many of their books and pamphlets over the next two years.
All publications will meet professional and scholarly standards, in academic as well as publishing terms, and most are anticipated to be published in hard cover copies with significant print runs.
The Reform Bahai Press is committed to maintaining and encouraging academic and individual freedom of conscience that strives for the bar set by Abdul-Baha when he wrote, "the conscience of man is sacred and to be respected" and "liberty thereof produces widening of ideas, amendment of morals, improvement of conduct, disclosure of the secrets of creation, and manifestation of the hidden verities of the contingent world."
The Reform Bahai Press is especially open to considering any manuscripts rejected by other Bahai publishing ventures.
Those interested in submitting works, or letters exploring submission, should use the "Contact" email address link on the Reform Bahai Faith website at www.ReformBahai.org
Please share this announcement on all Bahai newsletters, email lists, and other forums, preferrably in full text, where translators and scholars with ready manuscripts may participate.
Reform Bahai Press
95 Theses - On Bahai Liberty
The Reform Bahai Faith
The attempts to discredit Dr. Mitchell and Ruth White have relied on, for over 75 years, slander and ad hominem and are no more convincing now than they have ever been. Note the frequent attempt to shift from his conclusion and call for an examination of the purported will of Abdul-Baha to attacking Dr. Mitchell, the man himself.
I ask the reader to reflect on the fact that Dr. Mitchell remains one of the most respected forensic researchers of the 20th century and is still quoted and cited by academics and legal experts. His professional integrity is beyond question as is and was his ability to assess the authenticity of the purported will itself. As the document curator for the British Museum, Dr. Mitchell used techniques and methods still widely used and recognized whether or not one has a command of the language being scrutinized. Knowledge of a language in and of itself has never been the essential for handwriting experts, and informed people know that to be a fact. Those who seek to conceal the act of forgery hope to confuse the uninformed about what is involved.
In addition to Dr. Mitchell's Report, these documents constitute the entire collection that Ruth White deposited with the Library of Congress in 1930, now available online, which Reform Bahais might find interesting:
Dr. C. (Charles) Ainsworth Mitchell - Certified Copy from the Library of Congress
Report on the Writing Shown on the Photographs of the Alleged Will of Abdul-Baha. 1930.
Ruth White, Excerpts, Bibliography
Ruth White, Collection, Library of Congress, 1930