Stories in Volume 20, Issue 3 — July-November 2009


World religions pledge concrete action on climate change

WINDSOR, United Kingdom - Like most major interfaith events, the recent "Many Heavens, One Earth" gathering here in November was marked by considerable pageantry. Led by drums and banners, leaders from virtually every major world religion arrived at the historic... Read more

Perspective: Identity and the search for a common human purpose

At the heart of human experience lies an essential yearning for self-definition and self-understanding. Developing a conception of who we are, for what purpose we exist, and how we should live our lives is a basic impulse of human consciousness. Today, as the sheer... Read more
Sustainable Development

Ethics are "missing dimension" in climate debate, says IPCC head

NEW YORK - The inequities and injustices that are likely to occur on a global level because of climate change mean that world leaders must carefully examine the moral and ethical dimensions of global warming, said Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Prize-... Read more

Moral and Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change: Appeal to World Leaders

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, leaders of the world’s religions, and other members of civil society, urge the governments of the world to participate in the UN High Level Event on Climate... Read more
The Arts

Jazz singer Tierney Sutton takes a spiritual look at "Desire"

LOS ANGELES - Tierney Sutton is hardly alone among jazz vocalists in trying to bring a spiritual dimension to her music. Some trace jazz back to African-American spirituals in the 1800s. More recently, musicians from Duke Ellington to John Coltrane have touched on spiritual... Read more
Human Rights

A glimpse of conditions faced by Baha'i prisoners inside Iran's Evin prison

NEW YORK - During her time in Iran's notorious Evin prison, journalist Roxana Saberi met a number of fellow women prisoners who gave her strength and inspiration as she faced the interrogations of her keepers and the harsh conditions of the jail itself. Among these were... Read more
Human Rights

UN Secretary General releases report criticizing human rights abuses in Iran

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Secretary General released in October a report expressing strong criticism of Iran's human rights record, voicing concern about the use of excessive force after the recent presidential election, the harassment of women's rights activists, the ongoing... Read more
Human Rights

UN resolution on Iran sends powerful message on human rights

UNITED NATIONS - The approval of a strongly worded resolution on human rights in Iran sends a powerful signal to the Iranian government that the world is gravely concerned about how Iran treats its citizens, said the Bahá'í International Community. The resolution,... Read more

Excerpts from the Baha'i International Community's Seven Year Plan of Action on Climate Change

The Bahá'í writings state: "We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by... Read more

Review: Stories from the front lines in the most underreported conflict of the century

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Alfred A. Knopf, New York Early in their latest book, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn offer this startling fact: a straightforward calculation... Read more