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Roy Sheppherd

Trnava, Slovakia

Joseph Sheppherd, who passed away in 2015, was a world citizen. A cultural and linguistic anthropologist and archaeologist, he used his wide experience living in many countries and his gift for engaging storytelling to captivate the readers of his many books and the spellbound audiences at his numerous talks and presentations. Joseph lived in the United States, Great Britain, Panama, Colombia and Slovakia, and spent many years among the tribal rainforest peoples in the jungles of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Those who knew Joseph recognized him as a true Renaissance man—a writer, author, teacher, sculptor, graphic artist, fabricator and painter who excelled not only as a renowned anthropologist but as an expert in indigenous cultures, factory and museum management, antiquities restoration, architectural design, homebuilding and as a dedicated Baha’i. Joseph published at least 10 books before the year 2000, and lost an additional 15 unpublished manuscripts in a house fire in Oregon in 2002. Like his diverse intellect, his books broadly ranged from professional publications to Baha'i-centered introductory works, children's literature, non-fiction, poetry and science/speculative fiction.

Joseph died in Trnava, Slovakia, on April 9, 2015. Published with the permission of the Baha'i Publishing Trust of the United States and Joseph’s widow Jan Sheppherd, dedicates this serialization of Joseph’s introductory Baha'i book A Wayfarer’s Guide to Bringing the Sacred Home to his memory.

BY Joseph Roy Sheppherd

How to Bring the Sacred Home

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Oct 14, 2019

Getting Beyond “Thou Shalt Not”

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Oct 5, 2019

What’s the Best Way to Serve Humanity?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 29, 2019


Serving Your Community—and the World

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 23, 2019

Diversity: The Penetrating Power in All Things

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 15, 2019

How to Discover and Admit Our Own Prejudices

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Aug 31, 2019


Celebrating Our Diversity—and Putting Out the Fire of Prejudice

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Aug 24, 2019

How Gender Equality Can Stop War

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Aug 14, 2019

Impatient for Gender Equality? Join the Club

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Aug 10, 2019


We All Have a Common Ancestry

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jul 19, 2019

Peace Means Working toward Racial Unity

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jul 12, 2019

What Does God Have to Do with Peace?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jul 2, 2019


Identity and Spirituality: How to Unite the Two

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jun 24, 2019

Two Barriers that Prevent Unity

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jun 19, 2019

Every Child Born Pure and Noble

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jun 15, 2019


It’s Time We Had Universal Education for All Children

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jun 10, 2019

Teaching Your Children to Deal with Hardship

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jun 4, 2019

Do Children Need a Religion?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 29, 2019

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