reflections on race, religion, history & social change

May 11, 2018

A new story from the Baha'i World News Service recounts how the new House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has become a part of the broader society since its dedication a year and a half ago. And it also explains the major moment of transition in which the worldwide Baha...

October 6, 2016

Next week, dedication activities will take place for the new Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile. Hailed as an architectural marvel for its unique, light-filled design and innovative construction techniques, the structure serves as an elegant symbol of--and cata...

May 7, 2016


Today in Banja Luka, the second city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and de facto capital of that country's Serb-dominated half, thousands of Bosnian Muslims and members of other faiths gathered to dedicate the reconstructed Ferhat Pasha Mosque, 23 years after it was blown...

March 15, 2016

I just saw this glowing review of Michele Moore's The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston (University of South Carolina Press, 2016) in the Charleston Post & Courier and am intrigued. It's the latest offering from Story River Books, the imprint of the late renowned au...

February 12, 2016

I was beyond pleased this moring to see this great interview on the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation--the leading national advocate for protecting the priceless heritage of our built environment. In the interview, Florence native Mrs. Mabel Dicke...

January 7, 2016

I recently ran across this news story, and I want to pass it on. At issue is a possible large development on a vacant four-acre site along the Congaree River in West Columbia, the large suburb directly adjacent to South Carolina's capital city. The parcel is probably j...

April 10, 2015

I recently read a thoughtful and inspiring article about unfolding plans for the establishment of a local Bahá’í house of worship in the village of Agua Azul in Norte del Cauca, a rural area with a large population of African descent between the Pacific Ocean and the A...

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