Robin Chandler, “Baha’i Identity: Conscientious Spirituality and the Games People Play”
Sunday, September 9, 2018
In troubling times such as these, being a Bahá’í is a spiritual privilege. Our concerns about the collapse of societies worldwide should not distract us from the exhilarating work of building a divine civilization. What makes Bahá’í identity special in the Cycle of Fulfillment and what is our unique role? How do we reconcile our civic citizenship with our spiritual citizenship? Is our spiritual life grounded in the guidance of Bahá’u’lláh, the social action principles of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and the strategic analyses of the Guardian? Why is America’s destiny so critical to the achievement of social justice and peace when differences of race and culture, gender, and age seem to be overwhelming roadblocks to unity? This webinar will demonstrate how conscientious spirituality can overcome the ‘games people play’ about difference, ‘otherness’, and why we all need to “woman-up” to build a civilization the likes of which humanity has never seen.
Dr. Robin Chandler conducts field research as a gender specialist in international development, most recently in Uganda and Liberia under the auspices of the CIES Fulbright Program and her home institution, Northeastern University. As a sociologist her co-edited book Women, war, and violence: Personal perspectives and global activism (2010) documents the impact of war on women globally. In 2013 Chandler was a visiting scholar at Makerere University’s School of Women and Gender Studies (Uganda) and served as advisor to the Liberian Delegation at the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As an interdisciplinary scholar-advocate she has collaborated with government ministries, community agencies, cultural institutions, and higher education on issues of human rights, racism, discrimination, the arts, and science and technology. Chandler is a former Fulbright Scholar (South Africa), Fulbright Specialist (Liberia), and National Science Foundation grant recipient, and works professionally on six continents. Her projects as founder include DRUM magazine (1969), Caravan for International Culture (1980-1990), and the Peace Doors Project (1993-). As a practicing artist she is affiliated with the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, and holds an extensive publication and exhibition record since 1978. An early memoir “The Beautiful Flight Toward the Light: Reflections of An Artist’s Life” (Australian Journal of Bahá’í Studies, 2000) documents her career as a professional artist integrating spiritual principles into her work. She has been a member of the Bahá’í Faith for 48 years and sits on many Boards.