2019 Courses

This schedule is subject to change. Courses may shift in dates, some titles will change, new courses will appear, and some courses may be repeated. Registration will open at least 3 months in advance of a course. If you are new to the Wilmette Institute, please read this guidance on how to sign up for a course.

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2019 and 2020 Courses by Department (PDF)

The six courses on the life and writings of the Báb are called out in bold type. This printable flyer lists the bicentenary courses and web talks and can be shared with friends in your community.

WINTER TERM (January to March 2019)
January 2019

Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue
01/05/19 to 03/01/19

Helping Teens and Children Navigate Media and Screen Time
01/14/19 to 02/17/19

Discovering the Báb’s Persian Bayán: The Most Holy Book of the Bábí Religion
01/10/19 to 03/23/19

Finding the Hidden Gift: An Approach to Studying the Bahá’í Writings
01/15/19 to 03/04/19

Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food
01/20/19 to 03/09/19

Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings
01/25/19 to 03/14/19

February 2019

The Life of the Báb
02/05/19 to 04/01/19

The Promised Day Is Come
02/10/19 to 03/23/19

Enhancing Love, Friendship, and Service in Your Marriage (for engaged and married couples)
02/11/19 to 03/10/19

Exploring the Qur’an
02/15/19 to 04/18/19

Embracing a Spiritual Identity of Motherhood
02/18/19 to 03/31/19

The Institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár (cancelled)
02/25/19 to 04/14/19

March 2019

Economics and Community Building
03/01/19 to 04/25/19

Racism in America: The Most Vital and Challenging Issue
03/05/19 to 05/06/19

Indigenous Perspectives on the Sacred
03/10/19 to 05/04/19

The Arts and Community Building
03/15/19 to 05/16/19

Fostering a Bahá’í Identity in Children
03/25/19 to 05/19/19

How to Organize and Maintain a Bahá’í Archives
03/25/19 to 06/16/19

SPRING TERM (April to June 2019)
April 2019

Climate Change
04/01/19 to 05/26/19

Bahá’í Institutions, the Community, and the Individual
04/05/19 to 05/23/19

Sustaining Eleven Billion People: Challenges for an Ever-Advancing Civilization
04/15/19 to 06/02/19

From Mysticism to Prophecy: Gems of Divine Mysteries and Other Early (Baghdad Period) Tablets by Bahá’u’lláh
04/18/19 to 06/05/19

The Bábí Faith, 1844 to 1863: Rediscovering the Dawnbreakers
04/25/19 to 06/12/19

May 2019

Achieving Moral Excellence in Business
05/01/19 to 07/09/19

Gifts of the Spirit: The Spiritual Practice of Creative Writing
05/05/19 to 07/06/19

Creating Unity with Friendship, Fun, Social Vitality & Laughter
05/06/19 to 06/23/19

Conscious Parenting of Young Children
05/13/19 to 06/23/19

Shoghi Effendi: His Life and Ministry
05/15/19 to 07/02/19

Youth: Learning about Bahá’í-Based Relationships
05/20/19 to 06/16/19 (New dates to be confirmed. Click through to join the waitlist.)

Exploring the New Testament
05/25/19 to 07/12/19

June 2019

Bahá’í Theology
06/05/19 to 08/27/19

Introduction to Islam
06/15/19 to 08/02/19

The Kitáb-i-Iqán: An Introduction
06/15/19 to 08/09/19

SUMMER TERM (July – August 2019)
July 2019

Developing the “Gems of Inestimable Value”: Educating Through the Bahá’í Revelation
07/01/19 to 08/25/19

The Báb’s Qayyumu’l-Asma’: Commentary on the Qur’an’s Surih of Joseph
07/05/19 to 08/20/19

Responding Effectively to Global Challenges: Three World Order of Bahá’u’lláh Letters (postponed to 2020, click through to be put on the waitlist)
07/20/19 to 09/06/19

Communications Skills for Spiritually Minded Parents
07/22/19 to 09/08/19

Exploring the Book of Revelation (postponed to 2020, click through to be put on the waitlist)
07/25/19 to 09/11/19

August 2019

Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith
08/12/19 to 10/06/19

The Writings of the Báb
08/25/19 to 10/19/19

FALL TERM (September – December 2019)
September 2019

Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind
09/05/19 to 12/01/19
College/Credit students link

Hinduism for Deepening and Dialogue
09/10/19 to 10/28/19

The Bahá’í Faith: A Comprehensive Introduction
09/15/19 to 12/07/19

Celebrating the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb with Children
09/16/19 to 10/20/19

Writing about the Writings: The Art and Craft of the Personal Reflection Piece
09/20/19 to 11/07/19

The Covenants of the Bahá’í Faith
09/25/19 to 11/19/19

October 2019

Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving Our Global Crises
10/01/19 to 11/18/19

Economic Justice in a World of Injustices
10/05/19 to 11/29/19

Racism in America: The Most Vital and Challenging Issue (repeat of March course)
10/10/19 to 12/11/19

November 2019

What Is Bahá’í Courtship and Marriage?
11/05/19 to 12/15/19

The Equality of  Women and Men
11/10/19 to 12/28/19

Writing Biographies and Histories: Recording
Stories of People and Places

11/12/19 to 12/30/19

The Seven Valleys and the Arts of Transformation
11/15/19 to 01/09/20

Bahá’u’lláh’s Proclamation to World Leaders:
The Summons of the Lord of Hosts
11/20/19 to 01/14/20

December 2019

The Promise of World Peace
12/01/19 to 01/11/19

Zoroastrianism for Deepening and Dialogue
12/09/19 to 01/26/20

The Advent of Divine Justice: Guidance for Winning Five Year Plan Goals
12/12/19 to 01/29/20

Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue
12/15/19 to 02/08/20