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"O My brother! When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse his heart ..."

- Baha'u'llah: Gleanings CXXV

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The Life of Baha'u'llah
A photographic narrative about the life of the founder of the Baha'i Faith.

The Baha'i Devotions Site
This site has LOTS of songs, and devotional programs that teachers (or anybody!) would love! It has good links as well and offers a rich resource organized by those who wish to serve. Sponsored by the Baha'i of Dallas.

Baha'i Distribution Service (BDS)
Good source for materials for study circles, children’s classes and devotional gatherings. The e-commerce site of the Baha'i Distribution Service (BDS) provides a comprehensive catalog of Baha'i sacred literature as well as Baha'i books on history, social teachings, Baha'i-inspired music, videos, calendars, and other materials. Includes more than 2000 titles representing the efforts of hundreds of publishers around the world. BDS is the primary distributor for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i of the United States and its agencies; the Baha'i Publishing Trust of the United States; and Baha'i World Centre Publications. Those who would like to rush an order are asked to call 1-800-999-9019 or 847-425-7950.

Baha'i Education Resources
A Web site presented by Linda Qualls, an individual who is sharing some of her work, including a 24-page paper on “Building a Strong Identity in Baha'i Children”...etc.

Baha'i Prayers
The Baha'i Prayers web site was created as a celebration of the beauty of the Baha'i scriptures. This site presents a wide range of Baha'i prayers in English, and has a substantial list of resources for Baha'i prayers in other languages. Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Shoreline, Washington.

Baha'i Services for the Blind
Provides the literature of the Faith, including Ruhi materials, in various mediums which can be used by those individuals whose physical or mental handicaps prevent them from using normal print. To this end the Service for the Blind produces materials in Braille, large print and recordings on cassette tape. A Committee of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.

Brilliant Star Index
A Subject Index of issues of The Brilliant Star for more than a decade can be found here making it much easier for parents and teachers to search through their archives of past issues as they plan their classes. Index Search from 1991-2007.

The Baha'i Study Center — Audio/Visual Materials
We believe this site provides materials that could be useful to classroom teachers. It is one of the premier sources of audio-visual materials, published on the net in MP3 format that are easily downloadable for all sorts of individual and group use. It offers a variety of materials specifically oriented to those who are not Baha'is who seek to learn more about the Baha'i Faith. These materials are at different levels and are in the process of being encoded as “beginning through advanced.” There are also illustrated text materials for introductory study of the Baha'i Faith, and for review by more seasoned Baha'is.

Children’s Baha'i Education Service, UK
A Web site of the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom that is designed to help teachers and parents who are involved with Baha'i education of children, junior youth and youth.

Core Curriculum
A comprehensive and flexible curriculum developed into a nine-year Scope and Sequence, containing 172 distinct topics. These topics are distributed through three levels of learning, beginning with introductory topics and progressing to more advanced topics over the course of study.

Ocean—Free Software Library of the World’s Religious Literature
Ocean is a free collection of the World's Religious literature managed by a unique book-centered research engine. It contains over 1000 books of 10 world religions in English as well as collections in six other languages (French, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch, and Portuguese).

Ruhi Resources
Provides resources related to the Ruhi Books, which provide an organized presentation of the Baha'i Faith and its beliefs in a group-study setting.

Store.UnityWorks.net
The UnityWorks Online Store offers a variety of low-cost downloadable materials for Baha'i education, children's classes, the Five Year Plan, race unity, teaching and media. You will also find student handouts to accompany the Baha'i Children's Classes and Retreats series and other materials published by Resources.UnityWorks.net.

The Tranquility Zone
This site provides guidance in the creation of a unique devotional setting and includes samples of readings as well. Sponsored by the Baha'is of the United Kingdom.

United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) Resources
Link to resources for children, youth and teachers

Children: Country overviews, real life stories and statistics from more than 180 countries around the world.
Youth: Be in the know, join the discussions, and make a difference, about issues that affect you.
Teachers: Provides opportunities to explore ideas, discuss issues and take action, including assistance in professional development. Information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

 

Organizations

Baha'i Services for the Blind
Provides the literature of the Faith, including Ruhi materials, in various mediums which can be used by those individuals whose physical or mental handicaps prevent them from using normal print. To this end the Service for the Blind produces materials in Braille, large print and recordings on cassette tape. A Committee of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.

Character Development of Tampa Bay
Character Development of Tampa Bay was created to inspire individuals, teachers, and institutions to recognize and embrace the idea that virtue is a latent capacity in all people and, when nurtured, endows the individual with a strengthened capacity to employ these hidden gifts in both personal growth and social interaction.

Desert Rose Baha'i Institute
Desert Rose Baha'i Institute is a Center of Learning promoting educational, spiritual, artistic, intellectual and agricultural endeavors on a developing campus which provides to all participants, an atmosphere of peace, comfort and rejuvenation. In addition to DRBI sponsored programs, the facilities are available for rental.

Marriage Transformation Project
The Marriage Transformation Project strives to educate and empower people to create happy, lasting, spiritually-based marriages. As a social and economic development project, we believe marriage education, which is learning in action through reading, practicing skills, and participating in educational workshops is an important and vital step to having a lasting marriage. We are encouraging relationship and marriage education become part of the culture of every family and community around the world. Many of our resources are interfaith.

Maxwell International Baha'i School
Maxwell welcomes students in grades 7–12 of all national, ethnic, and religious origins from around the world. Operating under the auspices of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada, Maxwell infuses the spiritual vision and practical wisdom of Baha'i principles throughout the school.

Radio NUR
RadioNUR has several primary objectives including: to assist the individual believer to develop and maintain his or her unique Baha'i identity through the arts; to support the goals of the Global Baha'i community including the education of children, devotional gatherings and the use of the arts in every aspect of Baha'i community life; to provide a vehicle where those interested in hearing about the Baha'i Faith can be exposed to the Writings and Teachings of the Faith through the arts; to provide a forum for Baha'i performers throughout the world to expose their material to a wider audience. We try to fulfill these objectives by producing professional broadcasts which blend diverse musical styles.

United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF)
Statistics, Health, Development, Child Protection and other focus areas in regard to the well-being of children.

United Religions Initiative: Kids
The purpose of the effort called the United Religions Initiative is, according to their statement, to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings.

The Virtues Project
The Mission of The Virtues Project is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life through programs of excellence and simplicity which support people of all ages to cultivate their virtues — the gifts of character.

Wilmette Institute
The Wilmette Institute is an educational agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States. It offers courses and classes on the Baha'i Faith and related subjects to anyone interested in taking them. Its purpose is to develop human resources for the benefit of the Baha'i Faith.

Magazines/Publications

Baha'i Arts Magazine (Tabula Rasa)
Provides a link to Baha'i Arts magazine, Tabula Rasa, whose goal is to foster recognition of the motivating influence of the arts in education.

Baha'i Parenting
This bimonthly electronic newsletter distributed from the island of Grenada is dedicated to raising families with strong spiritual values. It seeks to provide a framework to develop a solid foundation for parenting and is based on the understanding that the well-being of society depends on the integrity of the family unit. It focuses on spiritual discipline, moral education, the elimination of all forms of prejudice and the need for service to the world of humanity. (Formerly titled “Parenting in the New World Order”.)

Brilliant Star Magazine
Brilliant Star is the U.S. National Spiritual Assembly’s primary communication with children ages 6-12. It is designed to strengthen their Baha'i identity, increase their love for the Faith, teach them about Baha'i history and principles, build their self-esteem, and reinforce virtues such as peacefulness, service, reverence, and trustworthiness. Through fun and engaging stories, cartoons, activities, interviews, puzzles and games, Brilliant Star appeals to children’s creativity, humor, and sense of wonder. Each of Brilliant Star’s six annual issues incorporates a theme relevant to Baha'i life today.

Resources.UnityWorks.net
UnityWorks Resources offers practical, easy-to-use teacher's guides for the spiritual education of children, youth and adults. The materials have been developed and tested in the field, and have been used successfully in multiple settings over many years. The series on Baha'i Children's Classes and Retreats includes theme books such as: God and the Universe, Baha'u'llah, and The Power of Unity. These activity books are filled with stories, songs, crafts, games, puzzles and more. Baha'i Public Speaking contains nine hands-on workshops that give participants the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills needed to more effectively serve the Faith.

Publishers

Badi Publishing Corp
Badi Publishing Corporation strives to provide quality Baha'i products at affordable prices to Baha'is around the world. Its vision to become a successful publishing house extends beyond Baha'i planners and calendars and includes a wide range of publications including Baha'i Writings, poetry and children's materials. Our current product offering includes planners and calendars, books and bookmarks, photographs, jewelry and other specialty items.

George Ronald Publishing
This publishing house, located in the United Kingdom, was founded by David Hofman in 1943 in order to make available a wider range of literature on Baha'i subjects. At the moment it is not possible to order books on line but the Web site provides addresses of distributors who have Web sites and are happy to take on-line orders. It also offers instructions how to order directly.

Palabra Publications
Palabra Publications is an organization dedicated to the production and dissemination of teaching, deepening, and training institute course materials at low costs. These materials strive to address the spiritual education needs of diverse peoples with a variety of books.

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