Michael Curtotti

An Empowering and Supportive Community Life

In previous articles we have looked at how Baha’u’llah reforms religious institutions as consultative institutions with a duty to foster human well-being. We have also seen how the individual is framed by Baha’u’llah as an active citizen who is a partner in fostering human well-being. How then does community life change? Sometimes religious community life is viewed as…

The Individual in the Era of Human Maturity

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As foreshadowed in yesterday’s article – Baha’u’llah’s teachings carry implications for the role of the individual. Indeed Baha’u’llah’s teachings empower the individual as an active participant in religious and social life. In his will and testament Baha’u’llah defines our time as follows: Great and blessed is this Day—the Day in which all that lay latent in…

Religious Institutions for the Era of Human Maturity

  Bahá’u’lláh established a new faith. What would its institutions be like? In accordance with the wide ranging reforms across Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings – the religious institutions he designed are entirely new. In this article, these institutions are described. Future posts will explore complementary transitions in the nature of community life and the role of the individual.…

Newspapers – Mirror of the World

Chicago Artwork Bean newspapers - mirror of the world

Newspapers and their more recent digital descendants are the lens through which we see the world. Recently the role of the media has been a subject of intense public scrutiny. Baha’u’llah commented on newspapers in the 19th century. In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The…

Louis Gregory – Service to the Oneness of Humanity

Louis Gregory

Slavery was not a tale read from dusty history books for Louis Gregory. It was a close family memory. Louis Gregory was born in 1874. Both Louis’ parents had been freed from slavery by the civil war. His grandmother on his mother’s side, was an African transported to America as a slave in the Atlantic slave trade, and his…

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

When Shoghi Effendi was a young man at Oxford University, he didn’t imagine that he would become the leader of the faith which his great grandfather – Bahá’u’lláh – had founded. What Shoghi Effendi wanted to do was translate the Baha’i writings into English. Accordingly, he was focussed on acquiring a mastery of English sufficient to adequately…

Taking Things Too Literally vs. Interpreting Texts for the Oneness of Humanity

literal interpretation - religious texts

Taking things too literally – particularly religious texts – can be a problem – as we tragically see in our world. In some cases it contributes to murderous results. In other cases it creates irresolvable conflicts between communities and points of view. This article discusses how Bahá’u’lláh interprets religious texts to lay the foundations of unity. As noted…

Consultation 

consultation

It’s wonderful to speak about the unity of humankind. Who doesn’t want a peaceful world in which conflict is no more and all human beings have a safe and decent place in our world? Like all beautiful ideas – its easy to talk about but challenging to achieve How, in practice, do you build the…

We can Change the Whole Atmosphere And That’s Not Good

Among Bahá’u’lláh’s prophetic warnings – one of the most striking is the capacity of human beings to change the whole atmosphere. The prediction, among other things, anticipates the idea of the Anthropocene. Strange and astonishing things exist in the earth but they are hidden from the minds and the understanding of men. These things are capable of…