2014 Course Schedule
Building Unity Toward Marriage: Preparing for Marriage (01/02/14 to 02/05/14) 5 weeks
Applying spiritual principles and practical approaches in aspects of courtship such as family unity, spiritual activities, intercultural unions, and gender equality and moving towards marriage . . .
Studying the Bahá’í Writings (01/07/14 to 02/24/14) 7 weeks
An introduction to the systematic study of the Bahá’í revelation by using four “windows” into the meaning of revelation . . .
Exploring the New Testament (01/20/14 to 03/16/14) 8 weeks
A look at the authors and subjects of the books of the Christian New Testament in both scholarly and Bahá’í perspective, with a particular focus on Jesus of Nazareth . . .
The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh: Selected Letters (02/01/14 to 03/22/14) 7 weeks
A collection of letters from Shoghi Effendi to the Bahá’ís of the United States.
Understanding Religion: Conceptual and Experiential Aspects (02/10/14 to 03/30/14) 7 weeks
Part 1 of a new course, taught by Moojan Momen, seeking to explore concepts and experiences common to the world’s religions . . .
Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue (02/15/14 to 04/04/14) 7 weeks
An introduction to the life of the Buddha, His teachings, and the many and varied versions of Buddhism in practice today . . .
Bahá’í Faith and the Arts (03/01/14 to 04/18/14) 7 weeks
An introduction to the Bahá’í writings about the role and importance of art in civilization and in the Bahá’í community today . . .
Climate Change (03/10/14 to 04/28/14) (7 weeks)
A study of the basic science of climate change in order to acquire an understanding of how climate disruption impacts us today and will continue to affect us in the future, with an exploration of the ethical questions from the point of view of the spiritual teachings of the world’s religions . . .
Making the Most of Your Time Together: Strengthening Your Marriage (03/13/14 to 04/24/14) 5 weeks
Assessing spiritual principles and choices for allocating time and participating in service activities while sustaining a marriage and family; understanding what contributes to fun, humor, and laughter; arranging for couple time; managing time with concrete tools . . .
The Kitáb-i-Aqdas (03/22/14 to 06/14/14) 12 weeks
A study of the Bahá’í Book of Laws, revealed by Bahá’u’lláh in 1874.
The Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh (04/10/14 to 05/29/14) 7 weeks
A letter from Shoghi Effendi defining the stations of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and the Bahá’í Administrative Order. . .
Scientific and Artistic Dimensions of Bahá’í Spirituality, Obligatory Prayer, Meditation, and Fasting (04/20/14 to 06/07/14) 7 weeks
An examination of how Bahá’í spirituality helps us develop mental clarity, spiritual awareness, inner calm, and even physical health, looking particularly at prayer, meditation, and fasting . . .
Islam for Deepening and Dialogue (05/01/14 to 06/17/14) 7 weeks
A beginner’s course, a first look into the history of Islam, with an emphasis on the life of Muhammad and essential teachings and beliefs . . .
The Destiny of America (05/10/14 to 06/27/14) 7 weeks
An examination of the idea of the role and destiny of America in various religions, with a focus on what the Bahá’í authoritative writings say about America . . .
Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue (05/20/14 to 07/08/14) 7 weeks
In introduction to the origin, growth, and teachings of Christianity, with some attention to the differences in views among the thousands of Christian groups . . .
Engaging in Parental Consent for Marriage: Preparing for Marriage (05/22/14 to 06/26/14) 4 weeks
Parenting children through dating and courting; understanding the purpose and process of parental consent for marriage; determining couple and parent responsibilities; managing various parental responses . . .
Baha’u’llah’s Revelation: A Systematic Survey (06/01/14 to 8/31/14)
In this three-month course entitled Baha’u’llah’s Revelation we will undertake a systematic introduction to twenty of Baha’u’llah’s most important works, ranging from The Hidden Words to Epistle to the Son of the Wolf . . .
The Advent of Divine Justice (06/10/14 to 07/28/14) 7 weeks
A slow study of Shoghi Effendi’s 1938 letter about the spiritual prerequisites for the success of the American Bahá’í community. . .
The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi (06/20/14 to 08/08/14) 7 weeks
A course examining the birth, childhood, and Guardianship of Shoghi Effendi, with a focus on his writings, planning, and interpretations of the Bahá’í teachings . . .
Dynamic Consultation: Nine Keys to Unity (07/01/14 to 08/18/14)
Dynamic Consultation: Nine Keys to Unity brings together the principles of Baha’i consultation with the practices of mediation and facilitation. It is designed to promote unity and action in the community through teaching the art and science of consultation . . .
Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (07-10-14 to 08/28/14) 12 weeks
A selection of epistles written during the last twenty years of Bahá’u’lláh’s ministry, collected and translated under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice. . .
Understanding Religion: Social and Historical Aspects (07/20/14 to 09/08/14) 7 weeks
Part II of the Understanding Religion series course, taught by Moojan Momen, seeking to explore the social dimension of religion and its historical evolution; one can take either “Understanding Religion” course without the other. . .
Introduction to Shaykhism (08/01/14 to 09/18/14) 7 weeks
A new course exploring the Shi’i group from which most of the early Bábí followers came, and whose teachings were frequently discussed and modified by the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh . . .
Becoming a Couple: Preparing for Marriage (08/07/14 to 09/22/14) 6 weeks
Understanding how to know a partner’s character, developing a friendship, dating, courting, and moving towards marriage as a divine institution and foundation for world unity . . .
Practicing the Arts (09/01/14 to 10/19/14) 7 weeks
A workshop where Bahá’í writers and painters are able to complete a project under the advice and supervision of an experienced artist . . .
Introduction to Archives for Baha’i Archivists (09/10/14 to 12/10/14) 13 weeks
A course to help Baha’i archivists and others organize an archive (access to an archive is essential to take the course) . . .
Climate Change (09/20/14 to 11/08/14) 7 weeks
A study of the basic science of climate change in order to acquire an understanding of how climate disruption impacts us today and will continue to affect us in the future, with an exploration of the ethical questions from the point of view of the spiritual teachings of the world’s religions (repeat of March course) . . .
Writings of the Báb (10/01/14 to 11/18/14) 8 weeks
A study of a selection of the collected writings of the Báb.
The Promised Day Is Come (10/10/14 to 11/28/14) 7 weeks
Shoghi Effendi’s 1941 epistle to the American Bahá’í community looking at the history of the world from the advent of Bahá’u’lláh to the fires of the second world war, tracing the moral collapse of religious and governmental institutions and the glorious promise offered by Bahá’u’lláh’s revelation . . .
Communicating and Consulting as a Couple: Strengthening Your Marriage (10/16/14 to 12/01/14)
Do your marital interactions need a tune-up? Or are you newly married and want to make sure you get off on the right foot? It is fairly safe to say that one of the most complex but most necessary aspects of marriage is communication. . .
The Advancement of Women (10/21/14 to 12/09/14)
The Advancement of Women will provide learners with an opportunity to investigate and correlate Bahá’í writings on the advancement of women to a number of areas of current public discourse. We will discuss the necessity for transforming current patterns of thought and institutions of society as well as . . .
Tabernacle of Unity (11/01/14 to 12/19/14) 6 weeks
A study of several epistles from Bahá’u’lláh to a prominent Zoroastrian activist, his secretary, and to various Bahá’ís of Zoroastrian background. . . .
Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue (11/10/14 to 12/29/14) 7 weeks
A look at interfaith dialogue from scholarly and Bahá’í perspectives, with some practical ideas for contributing to interfaith efforts locally . . .
`Abdu’l-Bahá: His Life and Ministry (12/15/14 to 01/18/15) 8 weeks
A thorough overview of the life, travels, and writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh and named by Him as the Center of His Covenant. . .
Bahá’í Theology (12/15/14 to 02/02/15)
This course on Bahá’í 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 Bahá’í Faith. The units are organized around a series of questions we all ask from time to time . . .
More courses may be announced in the future; some courses may need to be rescheduled based on faculty availability.
Susanne Alexander, Necati Alkan, Trip Barthel, Alex Blakeson, Ted Brownstein, Christopher Buck, Reba Carruth, William Collins, Gary Colliver, Arthur Lyon Dahl, Roger Dahl, Ed DiLiberto, Carole Flood, Robert Harris, Sandra Lynn Hutchison, Betty Fisher, Hoda Kemp, Barney Leith, Susan Maneck, Moojan Momen, Wendi Momen, Christine Muller, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, Lil Abdo Osborn, Anne Pearson, Anne Perry, Stephen Phelps, Sue Rishworth, Peter Terry, Duane Troxel, Marjan Nirou Saniee, Robert Stockman, Christopher White, Lois Walker, Helen Wilson, and Robert Wilson