Sovaida Maani-Ewing, “Why the Role of the Custodians in Piloting the Ark of the Cause is Historically Unprecedented and What Lessons it Offers for the Future”

Sunday, January 12, 2025, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Graphic for Sovaida Maani Ewing's webinar "Why the Role of the Custodians in Piloting the Ark of the Cause is Historically Unprecedented and What Lessons if Offers for the Future" Sunday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m. Eastern

The role played by the Hands of the Cause who were alive at the time of the passing of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Faith, in 1957 was unique and unprecedented in the annals of religious history. These “Custodians” of the Faith of Baha’u’llah were able to achieve the seemingly impossible and successfully piloted the ship of the Cause from perilous waters to safe harbor, a feat for which the Baha’i world owes them an eternal debt of gratitude. They did so by exemplifying a new form of leadership fit for the coming stage in the history of humanity. This webinar will explore the specific qualities they evinced and actions they took that marked this new form of leadership. We will also explore how their attitudes and behaviors stood in sharp contrast to what happened in past Dispensations, in particular Islam and Christianity. 

This exploration is timely and critical given the warnings by the Guardian that eventually all nations, peoples, and denominations would arise in opposition to the Faith. There are many lessons we can glean from the ministry of the Custodians in order to fortify ourselves to remain steadfast and firm in the face of such opposition and to protect the ship of the Cause from future storms.

Sovaida Maani Ewing is a prolific author and speaker, an international lawyer (with 18 years experience in private and government practice), and the founding director of The Center for Peace and Global Governance (, a virtual think tank and online forum that pools and proposes principled solutions to pressing global challenges through publications, podcasts, lectures, online courses, workshops, and targeted consulting. 

She has written five books in the area of peace, collective security, and global governance:  “Collective Security Within Reach” (2008) with a foreword written by an Under-Secretary General of the United Nations ,“Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving Our Global Crises” (2015), “21st Century Ready” (2018), “Bridge to Global Governance: Tackling Climate Change, Energy Distribution, and Nuclear Proliferation,”  and her latest, “The Alchemy of Peace: 6 Essential Shifts in Mindsets and Habits to Achieve World Peace.” She also hosts a  live monthly video cast entitled “Re-Imagining Our World” on her CPGG — Center for Peace and Global Governance — YouTube channel which is dedicated to creating a vision of the world we want and infusing hope that we can make the choices necessary to attain it.

Ms. Maani Ewing was born to a Baha’i pioneering family in Kenya and raised in Haifa. She has served on a number of Baha’i institutions and several Boards. She has lived and worked on four continents and speaks four languages.


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