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Some Answered Questions: Illumined Youth

This course is for youth aged 11 to 17 years old. Parental consent is required on registration.

Independent Sections
10 weeks
Weekly Study
Oct 9-Dec 18
Register By
October 14, 2021
Fee: $40 - $20 discount available on registration

Note: The course consists of 7 weeks of instruction, with a 3-week holiday break from November 8th to 28th. Saturday Zoom sessions will be held on the following dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 October, and December 4, 11, and 18. On November 6th, the youth will host a Holy Day Observance to commemorate the Birthdays of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. Click to View/Download Course Details (PDF file).

Youth 11-17 years old are invited to join Some Answered Questions: Illumined Youth seminar and “unravel the mysteries of the mind and spirit” through the study of 'Abdu'l-Bahá’s answers to a variety of questions asked by Laura Clifford Barney while visiting 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Akka. Questions relating to the spiritual and material upliftment and progress of humanity founded on an unfettered search and investigation of reality were posed to ‘Abdu’l-Baha during 1904 and 1906. 

Youth from around the world will study themes on the Influence of Manifestations of God on the Evolution to Humanity, a wide variety of questions on Christian Subjects, the Powers and Conditions of the Manifestations of God, the Origin, Condition and Powers of Man and Miscellaneous Subjects including; The Reality of the World of Being, The Four Criteria of Existence and The Unity of Existence, just to mention a few. All of which will foster and nurture powers of expression in societal discourse and service-inspired leadership through social action. 

Some Answered Questions is one book that, according to Shoghi Effendi, “will reveal the significance of this divine revelation as well as the unity of all the Prophets of old” in support of cultivating knowledge, volition, and steadfast action through personal and social transformation. 

In addition to the study of Some Answered Questions, youth will have an introduction to Bahá’i inspired Social and Economic Development and have the opportunity to develop and strengthen diverse multimedia art skills with a special emphasis on planning youth outreach and creating art for the upcoming worldwide observance of the 100th year passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on November 27th, 2021. 

Seminar Zoom Schedule

Youth are encouraged to join the Saturday All Youth Reflection sessions where art and learning are shared and celebrated. These sessions will be offered at 10 am Eastern to accommodate youth in a variety of time zones.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, faculty will host and accompany youth for (optional) morning and afternoon group study and reflection sessions that will deepen learning and foster intercultural friendships. Additional online youth sessions will be dedicated to developing and nurturing art media skills where youth will translate learning into inspired art.

A Welcome Session will be held on Zoom on Saturday, 9 October at 10 am Eastern Time. The Zoom link will be provided on registration. You can use the Time Zone Converter to check what time that is in your city. (Enter New York (USA) as the city to convert from.)

What will you learn?
You will learn
Cultivating the innate powers of love of beauty and thirst for knowledge that promote personal and social transformation
Selected contents of the book Some Answered Questions
Background information about the circumstances of the book’s creation and its importance in Bahá’í literature
The relationship between Some Answered Questions and teachings revealed by Bahá'u'lláh
Strengthen powers of expression for societal discourse and skills for social action as Agents of Change
Develop new and strengthen current art skills and techniques in a variety of art media
To translate learning through understanding through postings in the course, devotionals, special research or artistic projects, or presentations to your family, friends, and community
Reflect on the life, words, and actions of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in preparation for the Centenary observance of the Ascension of His passing on November 27, 2021
Meet Your Faculty
Jessica Lani Kamál Kerr
Photographer, Multimedia Artist, founder Cultivating Capacities, GSO (nonprofit) and co-founder, Transformative Leadership Education (nonprofit)

As a professional photographer, graphic and multimedia artist, I have served children, junior youth and youth in Northern Colorado for over 10 years. In that time, learning through hands-on experience in the Ruhi Institute process community-building activities served as a catalyst to form Cultivating Capacities, GSO (grassroots support organization) in... See Faculty Bio

Crystal Lee

Crystal Lee studied Accounting and Business Management at the University of Hawaii. Her professional career was in middle management in corporations primarily focused in the construction industry. She has walked the path of service by devoting years of her life to Children’s Classes and the Junior Youth program at the grassroots... See Faculty Bio

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