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Stories in Volume 15, Issue 2 — July-September 2003

Education

In Russia, teachers embrace new ideas about moral education

Authors Maria Skrebtsova and Alesia Lopatina, drawing on Bahá'í principles, develop a series of primary school workbooks that are filling a critical need for moral education in former Soviet states. PENZA, Russian Federation — In United States dollars, the books don't... Read more
Interfaith

From literature to peace: a scholar who strives to be a bridge between cultures

Selected for the 2003 Juliet Hollister Award in recognition of "exceptional service to interfaith understanding," Suheil Bushrui joins the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Queen Noor, and Mary Robinson, among other recipients. COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, USA — On one level, life... Read more
Perspective

Perspective: The Family and Development

Throughout recorded history, in every culture, the family has been the fundamental building block of society. And throughout history, the main factor in the cohesion of the family has been religion. Today, by many yardsticks, the family is in crisis. In industrialized... Read more
Celebration

In Africa, four communities celebrate 50 years of progress

LILONGWE, Malawi — Fifty years ago, the first two members of the Bahá'í community here would meet in the bush at night. There they would say prayers together, discuss plans, enjoy biscuits, and then go their separate ways. "This was done because in those days, blacks and... Read more
Briefs

New representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations joins New York office

NEW YORK — Bahiyyih Chaffers, a 33-year-old attorney from Canada, has been appointed as a representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations. Appointed on 26 August 2003, Ms. Chaffers will focus initially on issues related to global prosperity and... Read more
Review

Is there a roadmap to critical consciousness?

Critical Consciousness: A Study of Morality in Global, Historical Context By Elena Mustakova-Possardt Praeger Westport, Connecticut / London Coined by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire in the 1960s, the term "critical consciousness" was at first applied mainly in the... Read more