Winter-Term Courses (January–March 2019): Many Choices

Interfaith Dialogue course imageThe Wilmette Institute, having already announced its courses for the first part of 2019, is now calling attention to its courses for its Winter Term, which runs from January 1, 2019, through March 31. The eighteen courses are drawn from the Wilmette Institute’s four departments (Bahá’í History and Texts; Marriage and Family; Religion, Philosophy, and Theology; and Social Transformation) and from its two independent sections (The Arts and Writing and Bahá’í Community and Administration).

JANUARY 2019: January 2019 brings you the first (of six) courses designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Báb as we move closer to the two hundredth anniversary of His birth, which will be celebrated in October 2019. The course is highlighted in bold.

January also brings a second new course that will help anyone who deals with children and teens and their ever-present cell phones and media devices. Then there are these choices: a course looking at six types of Bahá’u’lláh’s mystic writings; two courses to help with interfaith dialogue and in those all-important discussions about agriculture and food; and a final course designed to help you study the Bahá’í writings with more understanding.

  • Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue (January 5)
  • NEW: Helping Teens and Children Navigate Media and Screen Time (January 14)
  • NEW: Discovering the Báb’s Persian Bayán: The Most Holy Book of the Bábí Religion (January 15)
  • Finding the Hidden Gift: Approaches to Studying the Bahá’í Writings (January 18)
  • Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food (January 20)
  • Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings (January 25)

FEBRUARY 2019: February brings another new course to help you prepare for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb in October (it is called out in bold). Two additional courses will appeal to mothers and to partners (engaged or married) focused on improving their relationships. Making their biennial appearances are courses on one of Shoghi Effendi’s major letters, the Qur’an, and a new look at the institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár.

  • NEW: The Life of the Báb (February 5)
  • The Promised Day Is Come (February 10)
  • Enhancing Love, Friendship and Service in Your Marriage (for engaged and married couples) (February 11)
  • Exploring the Qur’an (February 15)
  • NEW: Embracing a Spiritual Identity of Motherhood (February 20)
  • The Institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár (February 25)

MARCH 2019: March is another packed month in the Winter Term. Parents once again have the opportunity to take a course about how to raise their children with a Bahá’í identity. Youth and adults will be drawn to courses exploring the topics of economics and racism. You will also find repeat courses on Bahá’í archives and on the sacred in the indigenous. The Winter Term ends with a new course exploring the arts and community building.

  • Economics and Community Building (March 1)
  • Racism in America: The Most Challenging Issue (March 5)
  • Indigenous Perspectives on the Sacred (March 10)
  • NEW: The Arts and Community Building (March 15)
  • How to Organize and Maintain a Bahá’í Archives (March 25)
  • Fostering a Bahá’í Identity in Children (March 18)

Finally, for those who like to see categories of courses, here is a listing of the Winter-Term courses by departments and sections:

Bicentenary Medallion designed by Joe PaczowskiPREPARATION FOR THE BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE BÁB

  • NEW: Discovering the Bab’s Persian Bayán: The Most Holy Book of the Babi Religion (January 15)
  • NEW: The Life of the Báb (February 5)

DEPARTMENT OF BAHÁ’Í HISTORY AND TEXTS

  • Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings (January 25)
  • The Promised Day Is Come (February 10)

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONorganic foods at a market

  • Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food (January 20)
  • Economics and Community Building (March 1)
  • Racism in America: The Most Challenging Issue (March 5)

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, AND THEOLOGY

  • Preparing for Interfaith Dialogue (January 5)
  • Exploring the Qur’an (February 15)
  • Indigenous Perspectives on the Sacred (March 10)

DEPARTMENT OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

  • NEW: Helping Teens and Children Navigate Media and Screen Time (January 14)
  • Enhancing Love, Friendship and Service in Your Marriage (for engaged and married couples) (February 11)
  • NEW: Embracing a Spiritual Identity of Motherhood (February 20)
  • Fostering a Bahá’í Identity in Children (March 1)

SECTION FOR THE ARTS AND WRITING

  • Finding the Hidden Gift: Approaches to Studying the Bahá’í Writings (January 18)
  • NEW: The Arts and Community Building (March 15)

SECTION FOR BAHÁ’Í COMMUNITY BUILDING AND ADMINISTRATION

  • The Institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár (February 25)
  • How to Organize and Maintain a Bahá’í Archives (March 25)

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Help us help you in planning which courses you would like to take in 2019. Choose one of more of the six surveys below, and tell us what you think. The surveys cover the Wilmette Institute’s four departments and two independent sections.

The surveys give you the option of giving the Wilmette Institute your name and email address; we will alert you to when your chosen courses open for early discounted registration and also about any changes. Watch for the results of the surveys in future issues of the eNewsletter.

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