Faith and Reason in the Baha'i Faith with Peggy and David Schlesinger

Faith and Reason in the Baha'i Faith with Peggy and David Schlesinger

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Rabbi Michael Beyo, CEO of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, talks with an eclectic mix of faith-based and secular leaders from around the world.


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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Peggy and
David Schlesinger about the origins of the Baha'i Faith and its
outlook on the past, present, and future of our world. Peggy and
David Schlesinger are members of the Baha'i Faith, an independent
world religion that began in Iran in 1844 and has spread to well
over 200 countries and territories. The Prophet-founder is
Baha’u’llah, which means Glory of God in English. Baha'is believe
in the Oneness of God, meaning all religions stem from the same
God; the Oneness of Religion, in that all religions are different
installments of the same plan of God; and the Oneness of Humanity,
i.e. we are all from the same family and need to eliminate
prejudice of all kinds in order to achieve a peaceful and thriving
society. They also believe in Harmony of Science and Religion, the
equality of women and men, and the requirement of education for
all. Learn more at
( Peggy Schlesinger was a teacher of
the hearing-impaired and worked in Fort Madison, Iowa and
Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Masters of Business
Administration at University of New Mexico and worked for Sandia
National Laboratories for many years. She moved to Chandler 27
years ago and worked for Intel Corporation as an Enterprise Data
Architect, analyzing and organizing data structures throughout the
corporation, until she retired. She is married with one grown
child. Peggy is a member of the Baha'i Faith. The Baha'i Faith does
not have any clergy, but she has served many years on the Local
Spiritual Assembly, an elected administrative body. In her hope to
raise awareness of the importance of unity in diversity, which
requires us to eliminate all forms of prejudice, she has served on
the For Our City Chandler, Chandler Diversity Advisory Group, and
Chandler-4-Change. She is one of the organizers for the Chandler
Baha'i "Race 4 Unity" Family Fun Walk-Run annual event, which is
hoped to resume next year at Tumbleweed Park. She also teaches
children’s spiritual education classes on a weekly basis and hosts
a monthly interfaith devotional, focusing on social justice. David
Schlesinger has been a Baha'i for many years, and lived in a number
of different Baha'i communities across the nation. His career
background includes public communications, writing, cinematography,
marketing management, advertising, management consultation, TV and
film production, and for the past twenty years, he has worked in
the field of Information Technology and cyber security. His recent
experience before retiring includes Intel Corporation, where he was
Data Security Architect. David has a Masters in Organizational
Management, authored two US government patents for innovative data
security methods on behalf of Intel Corporation, and is a Certified
Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He serves the
Baha'i Faith as a volunteer at the Baha'i Internet Association
Cyber-Security committee which publishes the Cyber Trends and
Analysis Report. David is also a supportive husband and helps his
wife in her volunteer projects. Currently, David is retired and
lives in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Peggy, and a roomful of
computers. Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East
Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood
organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of
all races, religions, and cultures since 1972. Visit us online at ( The Conversation
with the Rabbi podcast is supported by a grant from Arizona
Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The show is recorded and produced
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