Online discussions (firesides)

Information excerpted from BCCA

America Online

"...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 Baha'i 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 Baha'i 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."

Prodigy

"Prodigy has graciously provided the Baha'is with a permanent "chat room" in the religion area of Prodigy Chat. It's called "Baha'i 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 Baha'i section of the Religion Concourse 1 bulletin board on Prodigy remains very active with Baha'is and seekers."