Conversations of the Heart

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Part 1

A Child in the Holy Land

August 26, 2023 AT 08:00 AM Pacific, 11:00 AM Eastern

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Time: 10 to 11:30 am Central

Moderator: Chris Martin
Gisu Mohadjer has collected stories of encounters with the members of the Holy Family. These stories are tinged with tenderness, kindness, love, and laughter, and they offer us a small window into the extraordinary life of the holy household as seen through the eyes of children. It is hoped that families and readers of all ages will treasure this collection and revisit it often for inspiration and solace and to deepen their love for the Holy Family.

Part 2

Servant to the Servants

August 26, 2023 AT 12:00 PM Pacific, 03:00 PM Eastern

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Time: 2 to 3:30 pm Central

Moderator: Chris Martin
Roy Wilhelm’s life story is a rich and varied one that takes the reader from the coffee farms of Costa Rica to Wall Street to the picturesque environs of the properties that remain associated with his life and the Faith he held so dearly. Shouldering massive responsibility for the well-being and functioning of the early American Bahá’í community throughout the years of the first World War and the Great Depression, Wilhelm played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Administrative Order of the Faith.

Part 3

Point of Adoration

August 26, 2023 AT 05:00 PM Pacific, 08:00 PM Eastern

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Time: 7 to 8:30 pm Central

Moderator: Bahhaj Taherzadeh
Historian Michael V. Day takes us through the last years of Bahá’u’lláh’s life—in ‘Akká, Mazra‘ih, and Bahjí— highlighting pivotal moments and texts associated with the establishment of His shrine. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, including eyewitness accounts, Michael paints vivid pictures of the daily life of the Manifestation and of those in His orbit, of His final days and illness, of His ascension and funeral, and of the period of mourning that followed.



Gisu Mohadjer

Gisu Mohadjer is an international development professional and has three degrees from Harvard University. She has traveled extensively and has lived in six countries. Growing up, she was fortunate to spend some time living in the Holy Land. She and her husband have two children and live in Potomac, Maryland. This is her first book.


Joel Nizin

Joel Nizin is a northern New Jersey, double-boarded colorectal surgeon who has been in practice for nearly forty years. Research on Bahá’í history, family genealogy, photography, travel, and hiking are among his diverse interests. He has served on numerous Bahá’í institutions, including the Regional Bahá’í Council for the Northeastern States. He has created several multiyear programs for youth, including “Badasht,” “Badasht Prep,” and “Turning 15.” This is his first book.


Kathryn Jewett Hogenson

Kathryn Jewett Hogenson, a native of Virginia and resident of Florida, is a lawyer by profession and a historian by choice and served many years at the international headquarters of the Bahá’í Faith, and she has also served as a staff member of the US Bahá’í National Center. A frequent lecturer, she authored Lighting the Western Sky: The Hearst Pilgrimage and the Establishment of the Bahá’í Faith in the West and Infinite Horizons: The Life and Times of Horace Holley, as well as other published works.


Gary Hogenson

Gary Hogenson, originally from Michigan, currently lives in Florida and has a degree in international management. He enjoyed a global career in engineering and finance, which included a decade in Latin America and eighteen years in the Finance Department at the Bahá’í World Center. He has served on numerous Spiritual Assemblies in the US and Costa Rica, as well as teaching committees in Virginia and Florida. In retirement, he discovered the joy of writing and has published a number of items in professional journals.


Michael V. Day

Michael V. Day is a former award-winning newspaper journalist, lawyer, and diplomat. He was the editor of the Bahá’í World News Service at the Bahá’í World Center in Haifa, Israel (2003–2006). He is the author of a trilogy telling the story of the Shrine of the Báb. Journey to a Mountain (1850–1921) appeared in 2017, Coronation on Carmel (1922–1963) in 2018, and Sacred Stairway (1963– 2001) in 2019. He has also personally published two Bahá’í histories in the form of photo books: Queen of Carmel and Fragrance of Glory. Born in New Zealand, Michael is now based in Australia, where he is undertaking Bahá’í history projects.

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