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Jan 31, 2022

Image: Worship Service in the Bahá’í Tradition in Bigelow Chapel at United Theological Seminar (with which the Wilmette Institute has an articulation agreement).

Course: Writing About the Writings: The Art and Craft of the Personal Reflection Piece (2021)
Faculty Mentor: Sandra Hutchison

Fran Otto’s Learning Self-Assessment

Since enrolling in the course Writing about the Writings: The Art and Craft of the Personal Reflection Piece, I am better able to reflect on and gain an understanding of the hidden meaning behind the words. This new skill has helped me in Ruhi Institute Book studies. 

When I read the Writings, I take a moment to reflect and ask questions for a more in-depth understanding of the spiritual meaning. This approach has also affected conversations I have had with others about spiritual principles and insights and their application to my own spiritual journey.

I continue to pray for avenues to apply my learnings and the message of Bahá’u’lláh that is so important for this period of mankind’s spiritual journeys. I have written a few articles encouraging participation by the Friends in Ruhi Institute studies, for our twofold moral purpose is to grow spiritually ourselves and then help to aid in the transformation of our world.

I appreciate the courses that Wilmette offers and the service you provide for the education of those seeking further knowledge around all aspects of our spiritual selves. 



Fran Otto, North Kansas City, MO

I was raised in the Mennonite Church and first heard of the Bahá’í Faith in nursing school in the 60's. I became a Bahá’í in 1979. I was a home front pioneer to Griffin, GA, in the 90's. I have helped form an LSA in Jefferson City, MO and Lee's Summit, MO. Professionally I have a Masters Degree in Nursing; I am retired after almost 50 yrs of service. I have two children and 7 grandchildren. I am presently serving on the ATC for the MO07 cluster. I am committed to the transformation of our world through spiritual principles that Baháulláh has given us for this time. Peace and Unity is my motto.

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