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Charters of the Faith Course Prompts Creation of 3-D Paper Sculpture

Jan 31, 2021

Course: Charters of the Faith
Lead Faculty: Brent Poirier

Editor’s Note: Below is Belinda Hill’s explanation of the 3-D paper sculpture she created to help her understand what she learned about the Tablet of Carmel, the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and the Tablets of the Divine Plan.


I created an art book (almost a 3-D paper sculpture) that represents my understanding from this course. I have made a book or series of books for each of the Wilmette courses that I’ve taken. Creating a piece of art helps me synthesize what I’ve learned. This one was harder, and I think it was because of the enormity of these documents to the Bahá’í world.

It’s hard to show a 3-D piece clearly from photos, but the folded title page rests on three supports signifying the three documents. This top piece that represents the covenant is firmly attached to the three supports of the Tablet of Carmel, the Will and Testament of  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and the Tablets of the Divine Plan by ‘Abdu’l- Bahá. Hidden in some of the pieces that make the supports are important concepts and ideas related to the documents—the Guardian, Mt. Carmel, the House of Worship, the Covenant, obedience. It is self-supporting and upright but is also a little flexible.

Belind Hill's Charters project - side view
A side view of Belinda Hill’s ‘Charters’ project

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Belinda Hill

I am a creator. I create art, books, learning and many other things. I taught in the College of Education at Saint Martin's University until May 2017 when I decided it was time to try new adventures. The best part of that job was finding that I loved teaching. I went on to earn my Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1999 and then returned to teach in the Teacher Education Program until summer 2017. I spent the next two years pursuing education-focused adventures. So far I have taught English to high school students in Hanoi, Vietnam, and to students from Taiwan, Inner Mongolia, and Korea who were visiting at Saint Martin's this summer, and English to adults at a nonprofit organization in Olympia. I have also been privileged to teach as an Instructor for the Graduate Psychology program for BIHE Bahá’i Institute of Higher Education in the past. Currently I am spending time creating art books, many with Bahá'í themes that I give away,

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