Jonathan Menon

THIS WAS A DAMP SUNDAY MORNING in the Cotswolds, near Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, in November 2011. Although I was once born in England, I've lived in Canada since I was six weeks old, with detours to Italy, India, Germany, the UK, and some other strange places from time to time. I'm writing a historical biography about a brilliant American woman named Sarah J. Farmer (1847-1916). Her enterprise at Green Acre in Eliot, Maine, established the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions on a permanent basis, pressing thoughtful Americans to negotiate with a kaleidoscope of spiritual beliefs, social ideals, and ways of life that distant peoples -- as well as homegrown Yankees -- were carting with them into the modern world. And I'm doing it while trying not to starve.

In 2012 I created, edited, and co-wrote 239 Days In America, a social media documentary about 'Abdu'l-Bahá's eight-month-long journey across North America at the culminating moment of the Progressive Era in 1912. He reached across political, religious, racial, class, and gender lines to confront Americans with a vision of human nature, social unity, and the nation’s future that was 100 years ahead of its time.

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