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Sandra Lynn Hutchison, “Windows on Divine Wisdom: Accessing the Meaning of the Bahá’í Revelation”

Sandra Lynn Hutchison, “Windows on Divine Wisdom: Accessing the Meaning of the Bahá’í Revelation”
Because the Bahá’í writings constitute a large and challenging body of work, many readers feel overwhelmed in approaching them and daunted by the task of unraveling the richly metaphorical language in in which they were revealed. Dr. Sandra Lynn Hutchison will seek answers to the following questions: How can we approach the combined works that comprise Bahá’í scripture in a systematic way? What skills can we develop to help us as readers in our search for the “hidden gift” that Bahá’u’lláh tells us is “contained” in the Word of God? (Prayers and Meditations 83) In an effort to answer these questions, she will examine the guidance offered in the Bahá’í writings about how to become an engaged and enlightened reader of the texts. She will also demonstrate how various literary and exegetical tools might be combined to create a systematic method for accessing the meaning of the Bahá’í revelation. Read a summary of Dr. Hutchison’s talk here

Sandra Hutchison, PhD

Author, Editor

Sandra Lynn Hutchison is the author of two books: a book of poetry, The Art of Nesting (George Ronald Books, 2008) and a memoir about her time living in China, Chinese Brushstrokes (Turnstone Press, 1996). She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto and recently undertook an MFA in poetry at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, USA. She has lectured at universities around the world and has also worked as a journalist, most recently as a columnist for In Culture Parent. Her interest in Bahá’í scholarship dates from her time serving in the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice in the 1990s. She has taught various courses through the Wilmette Institute since its inception and currently offers two courses: Finding the Hidden Gift: An Approach to Studying the Bahá’í Writings and The Practice of the Arts, a workshop course. Sandra has published scholarly work on the writings of ‘Abdul-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and Amatúl-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum. She has also worked as a literary editor, serving for almost a decade as the poetry editor for the long-established Maine journal, Puckerbrush Review. She is the Founder and Editor of Elixir, an online Bahá’í journal of the arts and letters. Sandra’s articles on Listen to Sandra’s interview on BahaiPodcast.comSee Faculty Bio


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