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In 1912, Abdu’l-Bahá announced that the Temple is already built after having put in place the corner store of the Chicago House of Worship. How can a Temple, with no walls, structures or doors be already built with one stone? Abdu’l-Bahá also said that peace “will be established in this century, It will be universal in the twentieth century. All nations will be forced into it.”[3] similarly to the Temple, how can peace have been established when there are refugee crisis, extremist groups growing stronger, unimaginable poverty and suffering?”. Perhaps a fresh viewpoint of “evolutionary processes”, which “stands in contrast to pre-occupation with the short term in the wider society today,” [4] will aid in understanding this outwardly seemingly contradiction. Hopefully this semi-compilation can provide some insights. You can read the text below or view it below or The Temple is already built.
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The principle of equality between women and men is both very important, urgent and relevant in our daily personal lives as well as for the society in which we live. Many contributions from Bahais and Bahai Inspiried institutions give a fresh perspective on the topic. I wanted to share just a few of them that I have found to be very valuable in understanding this principle better and that have challenged my own perceptions and opened my eyes to the many dimensions of this principle.

I would say to start with this article that you can find in Huffington Post as it is a very good start.

There is a paper written some years ago by Dr. Moojan Momen which is called “In all the ways that Matter, Women don`t Count” that I found to be very good. It [taken from the abstract] “argues that the Bahá’í goal of achieving the equality of women and men cannot be achieved merely by trying to advance the position of women in society. Rather, a much more radical change is needed to produce a more “feminine” society. At present power is perhaps the highest social value. It is therefore the basis for judgments about an individual’s worth and status. The Bahá’í Faith teaches that we must work towards a society with different values in which service and co-operation are more highly regarded. This has implications for understanding some of the other Bahá’í teachings such as refraining from partisan politics.

Another document is from ISGP. On the IPSG webpageone can read “The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to building capacity in individuals, groups and institutions to contribute to prevalent discourses concerned with the betterment of society.” They have written a document titled “Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men “ which is very interesting.

Finally, there is a wonderful blog that is dedicated to this issue which is called “engendering equality”. This is, in my mind, well worth following as it gives many interesting perspectives on the matter and it has opened my eyes quite a bit.

Communication seems to be like any other skill, it can be developed. Perhaps the first step is increased consciousness meaning thinking about it, reflecting on how one thinks, acts and feels when communicating in various situations, be it  for the purpose to reach a decision, share ideas, trying to understand something or just talking to a friend.

In the Bahai Writings, one can find many quotes regarding Consultation. Consultation is more than communication but thinking of the communicative aspect of consultation, can be one starting point on the journey to develop our skill to communicate. Here is a compilation from the Bahai Writings with some study questions that might be of use for those who wants to improve their skill to consultatively communicate. You can download the document here;  Consultative Communication

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