The Wilmette Institute has announced thirteen Web Talks for 2019 with more to come. Nine of the talks will help you prepare for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb in October. Now is the time to take out your mobile device and/or your new paper calendar and add the dates and titles.
Most Web Talks are on Sundays at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. CT; 12 noon MT, 11 a.m. PT, 7 p.m. in the UK, and 8 p.m. in Western Europe). Whether you sign up now for all the Web Talks or just for one of them, the Wilmette Institute offers a service that you may not know about. If the date or the time of the Talk changes, the Institute will notify of the change. You may want to consult with your community or cluster about planning community watch-and-learn sessions (preceded or followed by a potluck). Such sessions would make for a unific, informative, and inspiring learning gathering. If you watch the Web Talks live, you can jot down questions that you or your group wishes to ask the speaker. If you cannot watch live, the Web Talks are posted on the Wilmette Institute’s YouTube channel within twenty-four hours after the live session. That allows more flexibility in planning watch-and-learn sessions. Here is the list of 2019 Web Talks, as of January 1 (we will post additions as they come in):
Talks relating to the Báb and in celebration of the bicentenary of His birth are called out in bold type. There are now nine such Web Talks. Sunday, January 13, 2019 Shahrokh Monjazeb “A Divine Exposition for the New Age: A Textual Analysis of The Persian Bayán“ Glen Cotten Sunday, January 20, 2019 Glen Cotten “Truth, Beauty & Goodness: Three Interconnected Aims and Means of ‘True Education'” Sunday, February 3, 2019 Augusto Lopez-Claros and Bahiyyih Nakhjavani “Equality of Women = Prosperity for All” Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Peter Smith “Recruitment and Organization in the Bábí and early Baha’i Movements: A Resource Mobilization Perspective” Baharieh Rouhani Maani Sunday, April 7, 2019 JoAnn Borovicka “Parallels in the Lives and Ministries of Tahirih and Paul” Sunday, June 2, 2019 Baharieh Maani Rohani “Women of Consequence in the Life of the Bab” Sunday, July 7, 2019 Todd Lawson “The Báb’s Artistry and His Commentary on the Súrih of Joseph” Todd Lawson Sunday, July 21, 2019 Todd Lawson “Blessed Beauty in Islam, Joseph as Divine Manifestation: Understanding the Báb’s Audience” Sunday, September 8, 2019
Anne Pearson “Sacred Cows, Krishna, and the Bahá’í Faith: Decoding Hinduism” Joe Paczkowski, joepaczk.com/ Discovering the Báb’s Persian Bayán: The Most Holy Book of the Bábí Revelation (January 10) The Life of the Báb (February 5) The Báb and the Bábí Faith, 1844–1863: Rediscovering the Dawnbreakers (April 25) The Báb’s Qayyúmu’l-Asmá: Commentary on the Qur’an’s Súrih of Joseph (July 15) The Writings of the Báb (August 25) Sharing the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb with Children (September 16)