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SUMMARY OF BAHA'I ACTIVITIES ON WORLDWIDE COMPUTER NETWORKS
(Frequently Asked Questions #1 or FAQ1)
There are over a thousand Bahá'ís active on many worldwide and local
computer and communication networks. Their activities range from
teaching to discussions of Bahá'í principles, to exchanging news, and
to consulting on technical issues for the Bahá'í community. There are
large amounts of information and resources related to the Bahá'í Faith
available on various archives, collections and the World Wide Web.
The activities here are listed by sponsoring organization, so it may
be worth browsing the whole list to find items of interest. A large
number of these activities are discussion groups or forums. A brief
description of how some of these work, and how to get connected to the
networks is at the end of this document.
Most of the activities described here are coordinated, managed and
sponsored by individual volunteers through donations of their time,
equipment and services. I've tried to list the individuals associated
with each activity to acknowledge this. Often responsibility for
these activities switches from one person to another so there may be
inaccuracies. You should always use the official address listed here
for correspondence rather than the personal addresses.
Last Updated October 11, 1995
THE BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE
Pilgrimage Information - Internet and other
We are glad to announce that we now have an automatic e-mail
facility established to provide information on how to apply
for pilgrimage as well as the current guidelines. If you
would like to receive this information, send a blank message
to the following address: "email@example.com". The
information will immediately be e-mailed to you
automatically. Please note that any message you send to
this account will NOT be read and will be deleted;
therefore, should you have any specific questions about your
application for pilgrimage you should direct your e-mail,
not to the above address, but to: "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Sacred Writings FTP Server - Internet
The Bahá'í World Centre has a large set (11Mb total) of the
Bahá'í Writings available on-line. They are in plain text
format with a special notation for diacritical marks. They
may be obtained using Internet FTP at "ftp.bwc.org". Login
with the user name "ftp". (or "ftp://ftp.bwc.org/bahai" on
the Web) The Writings are listed by title, author, language
and other. These files may also be obtained via e-mail
using ftp-mail. See the BCCA FAQ6 for details. Also mirror
copies are available at some sites in the US that often
easier to access. See mention in the other Web sites listed
THE UNITED STATES BAHA'I NATIONAL CENTER
Bahá'í National Center Bulletin Board System (BNCBBS) - Dial-up, US-only
Operated by the NSA of the US, this bulletin board provides
a large number of services. There are over 40 categories of
files that may be downloaded including the Bahá'í
International News Service (BINS), community newsletters,
Association for Bahá'í Studies information, a list of Bahá'í
oriented BBS's and authenticated electronic copies of the
Sacred Texts. There are discussion groups, and you may
interact with the administrative offices to change ones
address and such. Aside from dialing into the BBS, you can
contact Anita Jacobson, the system operator on the Internet
at "ajacobson@USBNC.Org" (e-mail only).
To join, have your US Bahá'í ID number and dial in with a
modem to 708-869-0389 with settings 8-1-N, full-duplex at up
to 28.8Kbps. V.32 and V.42bis are supported.
Bosch Bahá'í School - Internet
The Bosch Bahá'í School web page at "http://www.bosch.org/~bosch"
provides a schedule of events, registration rates and information
and general information. You may also may view a catalog of books
available at the book store and place orders on-line! To contact
Bosch via e-mail use "Bosch@USBNC.Org". The web pages are maintained
by Carl Fravel.
Bahá'í Services for the Blind - AOL, Internet and other
The Bahá'í Services for the Blind may be contacted at
BAHA'I COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION
Bahai-announce - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
Bahai-Announce is a mailing list whose primary purpose is
the rapid dissemination of news and information to Bahá'ís
throughout the world. There are currently over 900
subscribers. All Bahá'ís with e-mail are encouraged to join
as it is used to tie all of our on-line forums together, and
often is one of the quickest paths for news distribution.
It is used for announcements, press releases, important and
timely news and short questions. It is accessible from
networks beyond the Internet. To join the list, send
Internet e-mail with your Bahá'í ID number (or, if your
country does not issue them, some other proof you are a
Bahá'í, e.g., a personal reference) to "Bahai-Announce-
Request@BCCA.Org". It usually takes some time to process
The list is moderated in order to balance the needs of the
sender wishing to reach the largest possible audience and
the receiver who may lack the desire or resources to receive
long or frequent mail. The moderation policy will ensure
that messages are kept to a length and frequency acceptable
to all. Messages posted to Bahá'í Announce must be of
potential interest to Bahá'ís anywhere in the world. It
must also be as brief as possible. Messages longer than a
screen (50 lines) will usually be returned with a request
that they be shortened. (The moderators currently include
Dean Martineau, Jeffery Brown, Mark Foster, Mark Lustig, Don
Davis and a few others)
The BCCA's Bahá'í Faith Web Site - Internet/WWW Open to public
The Bahá'í Computer and Communication Association's Web Site
is available at "http://www.BCCA.Org/". It is our sincerest
hope that this Web site will provide an effective means of
distributing Bahá'í related materials to Bahá'ís and to
humanity at large in an efficient, reverent, and Bahá'í
manner fulfilling Shoghi Effendi's vision of "...a mechanism
of world inter-communication... embracing the whole planet,
freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and
functioning with marvelous swiftness and perfect regularity..."
The site is host to several unique pages written by
individual BCCA members in addition to the main pages. These
main pages are an attempt at comprehensively organizing the
Bahá'í resources available on-line. They are oriented
towards non- Bahá'ís, but should serve as a useful resource
for everyone. The main features include Bahá'í community and
Bahá'í organization hierarchies, public event listings, a
topic list of on-line texts, and a listing of other
resources available both on-line and off-line. Bahá'í
pictures have a modest presence throughout. The server also
contains extensive search functions. We are always looking
for new material and suggestions on how to serve humanity
better. The BCCA Web Site administrator is available at
"webmaster@www.BCCA.Org". The web pages are maintained by
Soc.religion.bahai - USENET/Internet All are welcome
Soc.religion.bahai is a "newsgroup" for teaching the Bahá'í
Faith. It is publicly accessible at many sites with an
estimated readership of tens of thousands. Bahá'ís and
non-Bahai's post messages here. This group is moderated by a
panel of Bahá'ís who approve each posting. How you subscribe
depends on how your local access works. The
soc.religion.bahai home page is available on the web at
"http://www.bcca.org/srb/". It includes an introduction to
the Bahá'í Faith, an archive of past discussions and
pointers to other Bahá'í pages on the web. You may also
subscribe in the form of an Internet mailing list by sending
a message to "Bahai-Faith-Request@BCCA.Org". The
subscriptions are managed by Tom Hodges and it is moderated
by Michael Kalantar, Richard Detweiler, and Pete Hellmann.
Bahai-Discuss - Internet Bahá'ís Only
Discussions, consultations and questions/answers are
conducted here amongst a worldwide group of Bahá'ís on a
wide variety of topics. You may receive over ten messages a
day. To subscribe send a request with your Bahá'í ID number
to "Bahai-Discuss- Request@BCCA.Org". This is managed by
Bahai-Campus-Forum - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
The "BCF" carries news and announcements from the US
national Bahá'í offices, discussions relating to college and
university activities, and discussions with peers. Youth
are welcome to join and all college clubs are encouraged to
join in an attempt to reduce the cost of mass mailings. The
Campus Forum is sponsored in part by the National Teaching
Committee of the US National Spiritual Assembly. To join,
send an Internet message to "Bahai-Campus-Forum-Request@BCCA.Org".
It is managed by Justin Nevill.
Bahá'í Development Forum - Internet and other All are welcome
The Development Forum focuses on social and economic
development issues, ideas and projects. It is open to all
and especially oriented for professionals working in the
field. To join, send an Internet message to
"Noble-Creation-Request@BCCA.Org". The address,
"noble-creation" hopes to set the tone of the discussion,
where the basic noble and spiritual nature of humanity will
be recognized. An archive of development-related documents
is available at "ftp://ftp.bcca.org/pub/lists/noble-creation".
It is managed by Laurence Lundblade.
Bahá'í Women Converse - Internet and other Bahá'í women only
"Bahá'í Women Converse," is a discussion for Bahá'í women to
meet and share their perspectives, dreams and challenges in
a supportive encouraging environment. It endeavors to
validate and strengthen women in finding and using their own
"voices", in e- mail forums and their own lives. To join
send an Internet message to "Bahai-Women-Request@BCCA.Org".
It is managed by Mark Towfiq.
Bahai-Readings - Internet All are welcome
Subscribers to this mailing list receive a "quote of the
day" roughly once a day. This list is open to non-Bahá'ís. To
subscribe send an Internet message to "Bahai-Readings-Request@BCCA.Org".
It is managed by Mark Towfiq.
Bahai-Teachers - Internet Bahá'ís only
The teachers list is an Internet based mailing list for
discussion of on-line teaching techniques, and
opportunities. It is an appropriate forum for discussion of
difficult teaching questions. To subscribe, send an Internet
message to "Bahai- Teachers-Request@BCCA.Org". This is
managed by Mark Towfiq.
Bahai-Tech - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
This is the discussion forum for the Bahá'í Computer and
Communications Association (The BCCA), a group of Bahá'ís
that provide technical services to the worldwide Bahá'í
community. To subscribe send an Internet message to
"Bahai-Tech-Request@BCCA.Org". This is managed by Charles
Bahai-Sysops - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
This mailing list carries technical discussion about the
creation, maintenance and operation of the various Bahá'í
BBS and e-mail systems. To subscribe, send an Internet
message to "Bahai-Sysops-Request@BCCA.Org". This is
managed by Charles Cooper.
Bahá'í Youth Workshops - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
The Bahá'í Youth Workshop mailing list is available to
Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís alike, anyone interested in or
involved with BYWs. The list provides access to many
resources including many Workshop members and coordinators
around the world, the US National BYW Office, and other
people willing to assist in all aspects of BYWs. To join,
send and Internet message to "email@example.com". The
BYW Online Archive Site is also associated with the list and
available on the WWW at "ftp://ftp.bcca.org/pub/lists/byw/"
or via direct FTP to "ftp.bcca.org". The BYW forum is
managed by Justin Nevill.
Bahá'í Exchange UK - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
BX-UK caters for United Kingdom Bahá'ís, UK pioneers abroad
and others with a particular interest in the UK community;
it is not moderated. As the list grows in size, it is
becoming increasingly useful as a medium for communication
with the UK Bahá'í community and has already proved to be a
vehicle for stimulating on-line activities. However, many
subscribers do not have a high level of Internet (or even
computer) experience, and most postings are of general
interest. Subscription requests should be mailed to
"bahai-exchange-uk-request@BCCA.Org". The list is managed
by Nicholas Sanders.
Bahá'í Singles - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
Bahai-singles was set up to act as a vehicle to assist
networking among the single Bahá'ís in our worldwide
community. This mailbox can be used to raise and discuss
issues of concern and interest to single Bahá'ís. To join
send an Internet message to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The list is managed by Justin Nevill.
Bahá'í Hawaii - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
Use this address to make announcements, inquiries,
etc. throughout the Hawaii Bahá'í Community. To join, send
and Internet e-mail message to "bahai-hawaii-request@BCCA.Org"
This is managed by Mark Towfiq.
Bahá'í International News - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
The Bahá'í International News is available via Internet
e-mail. To subscribe send a message to
"BINS-Request@BCCA.Org". This is managed by Mark Towfiq.
Interlang - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
List for discussion of issues and aspects of the future
International Auxiliary Language, including Bahá'í teachings
on the subject, as well as linguistic, cultural,
educational, economic, language policy, and spiritual
considerations that must inform the eventual international
decision making process leading to its adoption. To join
sent Internet e- mail to "interlang-request@BCCA.Org".
Interlang is managed by Mark Towfiq.
Bahai-WWW Internet Bahá'ís only
This list is a working group for Bahá'í related Web pages.
To subscribe send a message to "bahai-www-request@BCCA.Org".
BCCA file archive - Internet
The BCCA FTP archive includes graphics, Bahá'í- related
documents, and a complete mirror of the Sacred Writing
archive from the Bahá'í World Centre. You can either FTP to
ftp.bcca.org, and log in as "ftp", or access it on the Web
Oneworld file archive - Internet
The Oneworld archive contains BCCA related files, such as
this document, other FAQ's and the BCCA Monthly's. There is
also a small collection of images, and a duplicate copy of
the Sacred Writings available from the Bahá'í World Centre
archive. On the Internet use FTP to get to
"oneworld.wa.com", login as "ftp", and give your e-mail
address as the password. On the World Wide Web, use the URL
"ftp://oneworld.wa.com". This is managed by Charles Cooper.
FAQ Server - Internet and other Bahá'í Only
This service provides an easy way to obtain on-line copies
of BCCA documents. This includes FAQ5 - About the BCCA,
FAQ3 - Nettiquette, and this document FAQ1. To get an index
and instructions send an Internet message to
INTERNATIONAL BAHA'I NETWORK (BahaiNet)
Zone 109 International Bahá'í Network - FidoNet Technology Compatible
The International Bahá'í Network provides echo conferences
for discussions, echo mail for private communications and a
large archive of documents. The large collection of Sacred
Writings available at the Bahá'í World Centre is included.
The conference topics are:
Bahá'í International Echo Bahá'í Net Chat Echo
Bahá'í History Bahá'í Covenant
Bahá'í Mysticism Bahá'í Administrative Order
Bahá'í Children's Echo Bahá'í Youth Echo
Bahá'í Science Bahá'í Equality: Men &Women
Bahá'í Health & Well-Being Bahá'í Music & Entertainment
Study of the Kitab-i-Aqdas Association for Bahá'í Studies
Bahá'ís on Reservations Bahá'í Answers (Prophecy)
Peace Forum Spiritual Parenting
Bahá'í Marriage Race Unity
BahaiNet Technical Help Bahá'í ANSI & BBS Ads
Bahá'í E-Pubs Study of the Holy Qur'an
(others are added on a regular basis)
Access is available from the following BBS nodes. All
conferences and file archives are not available at all
|M squared C BBS/Mark Adams||Aberdare, Wales, UK||-685-882849|
|The Beer Hunter II/Bob Butcher||London, UK||-716393002|
|Friday The Thirteenth/John Whitney||Middlesbrough, UK||-642224833|
|The Dark Knight Returns/Daren Lancaster||St. Neots, UK||-480-403104|
|Converse/Dylan Harris||Cambridge, UK||-933-460744|
|Virgil BBS/Alexander Langen||Pulheim, Germany||-22385810|
|Star of the West BBS/D Dumaresq||Richmond, BC, Canada||-604-520-3621 |
|The Crystal Cave/A WIllis||Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada||-604-752-2914|
|Toronto Bahá'í BBS||Toronto, Canada||-416-502-8962|
|The Clavis Concourse/Jwu Jiun Tan||Singapore||-4442376|
|TeeCee's place||New Zealand||-7-847-6860|
|Infinite Diversity||Tuscaloosa, Al||205-554-0622|
|The Desert Reed/Eric Gay||Arizona||602-624-6386|
|Homogenous BBS||San Diego, Ca||619-281-1926|
|Crystal Works||Arroyo Grande, Ca||805-473-4707|
|TNOL Online/Tim Sawchuck||Californiat||805-438-4242|
|TNOL Online 2/Johnna Hartz||California||805-544-3539|
|Resistance is Futile/Kym Taborn||California||805-588-9349|
|Luminance/Eric Rasmussen||Alameda, Ca||510-814-7352|
|Body Dharma Online/Barry Kapke||Oakland, Ca||510-836-4717|
|Camphor Fountain/Z Richmond||Oakland, Ca||510-439-0712|
|Eagle's Nest Trading Post/J. Eagle Eyes||St.Petersburg, Fl||813-528-8256|
|Hawaii Online/Liz Hahn-Morin||Kauai, Hi||808-246-8887|
|The Magic Castle/Bill Arrington||Oahu, Hi||808-732-6909|
|Unity BBS/Adrian McKee||Illinois||708-752-1909|
|Science of Reality||Kansas||913-768-1133|
|DaySpring BBS/Ed Harman||Pittsville, Md||410-835-8899|
|Peace Lamp BBS/R.Borseth||Minnesota||612-935-1641|
|EMail Connections/G.Cunningham||New Hampshire||603-740-9166|
|Cynosure/Gregory Holt||New Jersey||201-623-4163|
|Birds Nest BBS||Las Vegas, Nv||702-437-1250|
|RipCity/Marian Samules||New York||516-243-1698|
|World Citizen BBS/Dan Wold||City Island, NY||718-885-2346|
|New Cherokee Phoenix BBS/H Lambert||Cherokee, NC||704-497-5898|
|The Other End/Jan Simonds||Dublin, Oh||614-764-8687|
|Out-In-Space Connect/Mike Foshee||Columbus, Oh||614-497-3543|
|The Corsair/S Ricciardelli||Pendleton, Or||503-276-8950|
|The Homeport/S Ricciardelli||Pendelton, Or||503-276-8957|
|Harmony BBS/D. Beall||Alexandria, Tn||615-529-2878|
|Ancient Trail/M. McDonald||Tennessee||615-264-2640|
|The Hummingbird/Melody Dodd||Texas||214-271-4484|
|Oak Lawn Online/Jim Rash||Dallas, Tx||214-358-5192|
|Dallas ManDate/Mark Taylor||Dallas, Tx||214-528-1816|
|Dallas ManDate II/Mark Taylor||Dallas, Tx||214-520-0676|
|The E-Link BBS/Kevin Martin||Dallas, Tx||214-680-8119|
|The Priceless Pearl/Mark Clark||Fort Worth, Tx||817-232-0044|
|Night Owl BBS/Mike Mycek||Texas||915-676-4558|
|Bahai-D.C./Darrel Rodgers||Washington DC||703-450-4719|
|The Fireside/Pam Cammack||Tumwater, Wa||206-352-2782|
The BAHAI echo and PEACE_FO.RUM are also available on
non-Bahá'í FidoNet nodes that carry it. See next item.
BAHAI and PEACE_FO.RUM - FidoNet Technology Compatible
Two echo conferences from Zone 109 (above) are distributed
on FidoNet, a large international network linking BBS's and
potentially reaching thousands of people. Bahá'ís and
non-Bahá'ís participate. The echoes are in private
distribution at this time and a link may be set up through
FidoNet node "1:352/19". The BAHAI echo is also available
on the WWIV and GT- Power BBS networks. To participate you
may join any FidoNet, WWIV or GT-Power BBS that carries the
Glen Little's Bahá'í Page - Internet/WWW Open to the
This set of web pages provides one of the largest indexes of
other Bahá'í related Web pages. It indexes over 100 other
pages including Bahá'í institutions and organizations,
information about the Bahá'í Faith, and other individuals
Bahá'í Web pages and in addition provides valuable items
itself. It is also updated very frequently. It is
accessible at "http://www.bcca.org/~glittle" on the World
Wide Web. It is maintained by Glen Little who can be
reached at "email@example.com".
Sacred Writings on the Web - Internet/WWW Open to the
Michael Kalanatar has converted a very large percentage of
the Sacred Writings to be suitable for viewing on the Web.
Included are the Writings of the Bab, Bahá'u'lláh,
Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of
Justice. They are accessible at
"http://www.bcca.org/~kalantar/writings". Address questions
and comments to "firstname.lastname@example.org". Michael is
currently in China, but Justin is responding to comments.
China Forum - Internet and other Bahá'ís only
The China Forum's primary goal is to encourage friends who
are interested in traveling to or living in the People's
Republic of China and to create interest in China throughout
the Bahá'í World Community. It serves as a means of
diffusing information about such matters as business, job,
and study opportunities, formalities of entering the
country, the appropriate institutions of the Faith with
which one should be in contact, life in China, Chinese
culture, and so on. This forum is moderated and follows
guidelines laid down by the Universal House of Justice. To
subscribe, please send an Internet message to
The European Bahá'í Student Association Network (EBSAN) Bahá'ís only
EBSAN is for Bahá'í university students in Europe. To join
send a message to "ebsan- email@example.com". It is
managed by Jarmo Karvonen and Jenny Semple.
German Bahá'í Mailing List - FidoNet, Internet and other Bahá'ís only
This is a German-speaking Bahá'í mailing list. The language
of the discussion is German. To subscribe send message to
"Baha.German.Request@razalruh.artinet.de". It is also
reachable on FidoNet at "2:2487/805.4". This is managed by
Malaysian Bahá'í Mailing List - Internet and other
This is available for Malaysians inside or outside Malaysia.
Contact Raj for further information at "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Nordic Bahá'í Mailing List - Internet and other
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Nordic Bahai
Mailing List. It is our hope that this list can be an
important channel of information and communication between
the Nordic countries in the years to come. All Bahai's from
all the Nordic countries are invited to subscribe, and
exchange news, ideas, questions, comments, material and
more. The language will primarily be English. To join,
send an Internet message to "email@example.com". The list
is managed by Ramez Rafat and Per-Willy Schulz.
Korero, The New Zealand Mailing List - Internet and other
It's open to anyone who has a connection with New Zealand
and has an affinity for Bahá'í topics and themes. To get
further information or to subscribe, contact Alison and
Steve Marshall, "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Bahá'ís have set up forums on Freenets that include
introductions to the Bahá'í Faith, views on current issues,
questions and answers, prayers, announcements and meetings.
The Bahá'í sections often includes a large volume of Bahá'í
writings on various subjects, and a list of local Spiritual
Assemblies, phone numbers, and activities. There are
Freenets in many major cities throughout the world, some
with active Bahá'ís, some without. The following lists
those with known activities, and the e-mail addresses of
people to contact:
|Gainsville, FL, US || Sue Blythe || email@example.com |
| Seflin - Southern Florida, US || Greg Woods|| firstname.lastname@example.org |
| Cleveland, OH, US|| Vicki Schmotzer || email@example.com |
| Calgary, Canada || Gordon Lane || firstname.lastname@example.org |
| Ottawa, Canada || Farid Shodjaee || email@example.com |
| || Ed Gordon || firstname.lastname@example.org |
| Victora, Canada || Keith Andres || email@example.com |
| Virgin Islands || Cathy Von Gonten ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
WWIV (World War Four Nets)
Bahá'í discussion groups exist on various WWIV type networks
as well. If the following link is not on your local system,
get your Sysop to subscribe! The "echo type" is Bahá'í (or
TARDISNet, IceNet, TERRANet and EBLiSLink: @2939
Religion & Philosophy conferences - RIME, Uninet, Ilink, Annex,
Bahá'ís are participating in religious conferences, echoes,
sigs..., conducting open firesides, and discussions on these
BBS's. The conferences are open and potentially read by a
large number of people. An archive of responses to
questions about the Faith has been compiled. To
participate, you place a call to a BBS in your area that
carries the Religion conference. You may consult FAQ #2,
mentioned above, to help locate such a BBS.
Religion Forum - Compuserve
As many as 70 Bahá'ís participate in the Compuserve Religion
Forum. Discussions include economics and interfaith dialog,
among others. To access the Bahá'í discussion, "Go Religion"
and then select section 19. There is also a live on-line
fireside on Tuesday nights in conference room 19. Documents
like the Peace Statement are available at Library 19. Mark
Foster coordinates the activities and can be reached at
72642,3105 on Compuserve.
Bahá'í: The Emerging Global Religion (Cat. 7) - GEnie Religion & Ethics
Many Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís participate in GEnie's Religion
& Ethics Round Table BBS categories, found on page
390;1. The Bahá'í Category 7 is open to all GEnie users.
Most Topics in the Bahá'í Cat are open. Only a few topics
are moderated. Live RT firesides can be held. Many files
are available in the R&E Library including the large
collection of Sacred Writings from the Bahá'í World Centre.
Our own Hank Mudge (e-mail address H.MUDGE, Internet
"H.MUDGE@GEnie.Geis.Com") is the Category Leader.
Bahá'ís On America On Line - America On Line
Bahá'ís can be found in AOL's Lifestyles and Interests
Department under the Religion and Ethics Section. Keyword:
Religion An alphabetical list of the various religions will
be listed. Click on Bahá'í and you will see four entries:
Bahá'í Board, Bahá'í Library, Bahá'í Art Exhibit and Bahá'í
The host for the Bahá'í Board is Ed Ordaz, known as
"Vahid19" on-line. The Board's content ranges from Bahá'í
Youth, Bahá'í Singles, questions regarding Biblical
prophecies, deepenings on various Bahá'í subjects, as well
as announcements and other interesting matters.
The Bahá'í Library contains almost 200 items for
downloading, including all of the basic Bahá'í books
(several that are out of print), compilations, introductory
materials, graphics and photographs.
The Bahá'í Art Exhibit contains photographs of the early days
of the Faith in the Holy Land which were contributed by Duane Troxel.
The Bahá'í Web Link goes directly to Yahoo's Bahá'í list.
Also on America Online are two scheduled live firesides
weekly which are held in People Connection. To get there
you press Create Room and type the word Bahai (without the
apostrophe) and you will be brought directly into the room.
These are held on Mondays at 8 p.m. E.T. and Thursdays at 9
p.m. E.T. These firesides can go on for some one to two
hours, depending on the interest of the seekers. The Monday
night fireside is hosted by Ed. Ordaz ("Edmund5169") and
usually the Thursday night fireside is hosted by Shirley
Macias, "Gata", George Lord Jr., "GLordJr" and others who
participate from time to time.
In addition, there is an open fireside in The Front Porch,
which was established at the request of the AOL
representative of the Religion and Ethics Section. This is
accessed from the opening screen of the Religion and Ethics
Section and is held on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. E.T.
This weekly scheduled Bahá'í Chat has been ongoing since
December 1994. It is hosted by Mark Foster "TFP Mark",
George Lord, Jr. "TFP George" and Shirley Macias "GataTFP".
Although this scheduled chat is one hour, the hosts often go
to a private room after the scheduled chat to continue
discussing the Bahá'í Faith with interested seekers. This
AOL activity is announced in the Religion and Ethics' Front
Porch Schedule. There is also a photograph of Shirley
Macias under AOL staff.
As a side note, since the Bahá'ís have been active on AOL,
there have been a number of declarations, including one
person who, after hearing about the Faith on-line, found the
Bahá'ís in his city, enrolled in the Faith, and then shortly
after went to the Eastern Bloc as a traveling teacher.
The Peace Institute and Peace Chautauqua - America On line
Opening soon in AOL's Electronic University Network, The
Peace Institute will offer forums, resources, activities and
courses for and by peacemakers - including Bahá'ís. "Gift
of Peace Education for UN50" - your "piece of peace" might
be a Bahá'í or UN50 experience, an identified problem or a
possible solution. Contact Sue Blythe for more information
and Peace Education Now, "email@example.com".
Prodigy has graciously provided the Bahá'ís with a permanent
"chat room" in the religion area of Prodigy Chat. It's
called "Bahá'í Fireside". A regular and well-attended
fireside is held every Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. Eastern
time. Other Firesides are held by the friends on an
impromptu basis throughout the week. The Bahá'í section of
the Religion Concourse 1 bulletin board on Prodigy remains
very active with Bahá'ís and seekers.
Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) - Internet and other
This BBS carries a Bahá'í discussion available on the
Internet. To join sent an Internet message to
"firstname.lastname@example.org" with the contents of the message
being "subscribe bahai email@example.com" (be sure to replace
firstname.lastname@example.org with your address).
US, Pacific Northwest activities Norwebnet@Oneworld.Wa.COM
US, Boston area activities Bahai-Announce-Ma@Justice.Medford.Ma.US
US, Boston Bahá'í Colleges email@example.com
US, Texas/Mexico border teaching firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian list email@example.com
Canada, Quebec activities Yersh@facl.lan.mcgill.ca
HOW TO GET CONNECTED
Most of the activities are in the form of a discussion group, also
known as a "bulletin board," "orum," "echo" or "mailing list." In
short, they operate by individuals posting messages to the discussion
group. That message is then distributed to all the other members of
the discussion group, usually in a matter of hours to nearly anywhere
in the world at a very low cost. Some of these groups are Bahá'í
operated, some are private, but many are public with audiences of
thousands. Some of the Bahá'í only groups are restricted to Bahá'ís
in good standing.
A separate document called "FAQ #2," (see FAQ Server in BCCA section
above) describes in detail how to get connected to one of the
networks. There are roughly three groups: community bulletin boards
systems/networks (FidoNet, RIME, WWIV...), commercial services
(Compuserve, America On Line, GEnie...) and The Internet. Access to
bulletin boards (BBS's) is usually free and requires a computer
(i.e. a PC), a modem and a local phone call to your nearest BBS.
Commercial services usually charge a small monthly fee, but provide
user support, some access to the Internet and other services. Direct
access to the Internet is available for free in many companies and
colleges. It may also be purchased from a growing number of Internet
Most discussion groups center about a particular computer network or
service e.g. FidoNet, Internet, Compuserve... In many, cases the
discussion groups reach many networks aside from the one they happen
to be based on.
In general it doesn't matter if e-mail addresses are upper or lower
case, or mixed. Many of the addresses here are capitalized as normal
English is capitalized, but you may usually type the address all in
lower case or upper case. If in doubt, use the capitalization exactly
at it is shown here.
My original intent for this version of the FAQ was to provide an index
of Bahá'í-related web pages. With over 100 of them available and easy
ways to use the Web itself to locate them I've decided to include only
a few here - those that are associated with services already in FAQ 1
and those that provide indexes and starting points for discovering the
rest of them. I also recommend using Web search services such as
those provided by Infoseek, Lycos and WebCrawler, all accessible from
Web pages are located by addresses called a "URL" (uniform resource
locator). Sometimes it doesn't matter if they are upper or lower
cased, but very often it does. Web pages are generally highly
inter-linked hence the name "world wide web". From one web page you
can generally get to other web pages. They are generally accessible
from a direct Internet connection using a web browser, but many
on-line services such as America On Line now provide access to the
Most of these services are operated by volunteers using their own time
and money and endeavor to bring the best service possible. We are
always in need of other individuals willing to assist, most
specifically with systems of their own to run mailing lists or to
assist with other tasks such as mailing list moderation and
information gathering. Contact the BCCA coordinating committee if
you'd like to help!
The document should be distributed only to Bahá'ís in good standing.
Consent to include many of the activities and addresses here is given
only on that condition.
This document is sponsored by the Bahá'í Computer and Communications
Association, a group of volunteers around the globe. The BCCA
provides a pool of technical volunteers, on-line discussion forums and
other services. It is currently seeking institutional sponsorship in
the Bahá'í administration. For more information see FAQ5 (see FAQ
Server in BCCA section above).
This document is available on the US National BBS system, or by
sending an Internet message to "Get-FAQ1@BCCA.Org", or
"FAQ1@BCCA.Org". (It doesn't matter what the subject or text of the
message is.) It is also posted periodically to some of the forums
listed above and available in paper and other formats from the editor.
It is currently edited by Laurence Lundblade. Please pardon any
omissions or inaccuracies and send updates to "LGL@Island-Resort.Com".
Concise and close to this format is appreciated.
Updated Oct 11, 1995