The Journey West Podcast: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Travels to Europe and North America

Produced by a group of Bahá’ís in 2012 for the centenary commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels westward, The Journey West is a 27-episode podcast that explores ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey to Europe and North America in 1911-1913: a mission not only to spread the teachings of His Father, Bahá’u’lláh, but also to exemplify what it means to be a Bahá’í.

Each episode is about half an hour long and is divided into three parts. The first part features a story about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, often with artfully re-enacted accounts of those who personally met Him as they describe their impressions of their encounters. The stories are brought to life with ambient sound effects of the time: the clopping of a horse’s hooves, train whistles and other sounds that set the various scenes of the early 1900s. The story is then followed by a relevant and reverent recitation of a portion of one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s many talks given at a variety of venues during His journey. To wrap up the episode, a roundtable discussion of the theme presented by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His talk explores how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s masterful articulation of His Father’s teachings guides us on a personal level, provides healing to our communities, and unites humankind.

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Historical Consciousness and the Divine Plan: A Series of 8 Talks by Mr. Douglas Martin

The following content is from Baha’i Blog.

IN THIS SERIES OF EIGHT TALKS, historian Douglas Martin discusses the evolution of religion in the context of our capacity to respond to the requirements of the Divine Plan.

Douglas Martin was born in 1927 in Ontario, Canada. He held a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s degree in history from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

He was a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada from 1960-85, serving as its general secretary from 1965-85. From 1985-93 he was director-general of the Baha’i International Community’s Office of Public Information at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa.

Mr. Douglas Martin was also a former member of the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Baha’i International Community (for more information, please visit:

Mr. Martin passed away on 28 September 2020 in Toronto, Canada. You can read a tribute to him by the Universal House of Justice on the Baha’i World News Service:

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The Life and Mission of the Báb: Talks by Hooper Dunbar in Sweden 2019

Painter and former member of the International Teaching Center at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, and then elected to the Universal House of Justice in 1988, Hooper Dunbar continues to teach the Baha’i Faith around the world since his retirement from the UHJ in 2010.

Below is a 3 part series on the Life and Mission of the Báb presented by Mr. Dunbar at the Baha’i Summer School in Eskilstuna, Sweden in July of 2019.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3