20th Anniversary

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To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the Wilmette Institute sponsored a monthly series of Web Talks. In addition, course participants were asked to write Six-Word Essays describing their Wilmette Institute experience. We invite you to scroll down this page to view the essays submitted and the pre-recorded web talks.

The monthly video Web Talks were free and open to the public. Web Talks use a system transmitting audio and video of the presenters, together with any PowerPoint slides being used. Audience members can comment and ask questions by typing them into a “chat” box. Unless otherwise indicated, all talks are held on a Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. CT; 12 noon MT; 11 a.m. PT; 7 p.m. in the UK, 8 p.m. in Western Europe).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Web Talks

2015 Web Talks with Web Links:

Sunday, January 18
John Hatcher
“The Face of God Among Us”

Sunday, February 1
Ian Kluge
“The Baha’i Proofs for God”

Sunday, March 1
Anne Perry
“Where Spirit Intersects Art”

Sunday, May 3
Christopher Buck
“God and Apple Pie: Religious Myths and Visions of America”

Saturday, May 9
Moojan Momen
“The Re‑Creation and Utilization of a Community’s Memories: Shoghi Effendi and Baha’i History”

Sunday, June 7
Sandra Lynn Hutchison
“Windows on Divine Wisdom: Accessing the Meaning of the Bahá’í Revelation”

Sunday, August 30
Susanne Alexander
“Healthy, Unified Marriages as Service to Humanity”

Sunday, September 6
Arthur Lyon Dahl
“Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability”

Sunday, September 27
Baharieh Rouhani Maani
“The Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees”

Sunday, October 25
Sovaida Maani Ewing
“Building a World Federation: The Key to Solving Our Global Crises”

Sunday, November 15
Steve Friberg
“Science and Religion”

Sunday, December 6
Michael Penn
“The Nature of the Human Mind: A Baha’i Perspective”


Six Word Essays

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the Wilmette Institute asked people to write “Essays of Six Well-Chosen Words” describing their Wilmette Institute experience. Here’s what we received from online learners:

Curious? Prepare to be. Engaged, amazed! (John Morgan, Austin, TX)
Challenging, Eye-Opening, Inspiring Spiritual Experience
(Cynthia Hall, High Point, NC)
Knowledge that serves to deepen devotion (Niki Daniels, Waterloo, SC)
Wilmette Institute, a living divine phenomenon (Barbara Pakravan, Hefei, China)
A spiritual tour de brain candy (Linda Zahl, St Helens, OR)
Enriching learning, spiritual expansion, warm community (Donna Pickel, St Marys, ON)
Well Paced Without High Input Overload (Rich Davi, Mt Prospect, IL)
Insightful – practical experience – togetherness – real progress (Stephen Thirlwall, Ottawa, ON)
Worldly eyes seeing through Divine spectacles. (Judy Russell, Prescott, AZ)
Bantering Conversations become learning becoming deepening (Candyce Ricco, East Branch, NY)
Truly, reward commensurate with effort exerted (Jeanne Barzydlo, Majuro, Marshall Islands)
Lifeline for isolated Baha’i learning hopefuls (Paul Mantle, Grass Valley, CA)
Never fail to learn something amazing! (Laura Caro, Wheaton, IL)