Community and administration

Entries about Baha'i community life, about Baha'i administration, and about how the two intersect.

Aging followers keep the Baha'i faith going

Edward Nadeau Diliberto does not look like a man who has traveled to 26 countries for his faith.

He does not wear a pendant or cross. He does not carry a rosary. Dressed in white slacks and a green Hawaiian-print shirt on a recent afternoon, the 71-year-old looked like an average Mother Lode retiree.

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But in the last two decades, Diliberto has logged trips to everywhere from the Canary Islands to Slovakia for the Baha'i faith; and for much of his eight years as a Twain Harte resident has served as the unofficial spokesperson for Baha'is in Tuolumne County.

The Baha'i faith claims 5 million followers in 265 countries, qualifying it as the second-most dispersed religion in the world, yet is nearly as inconspicuous in the Mother Lode as Diliberto's clothing.

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Problems in the World Order of Baha'u'llah

They need have no doubt or anxiety regarding the nature, the origin or validity of the institutions which the adherents of the Faith are building up throughout the world. For these lie embedded in the teachings themselves, unadulterated and unobscured by unwarrantable inferences, or unauthorized interpretations of His Word.
(Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u'llah, p. 23)

Well, I have been reading a few very pessimistic Baha’i blogs, and they have pessified me a bit. People have quite a few criticisms of the Baha’i administrative order, and are very harsh about it, and many of these people are Baha’is. There are of course those disenfranchised souls who have not clicked with the Baha’i revelation, and that is fine, I do not understand the anger towards it though.

Well, I have heard about problems in the administrative order, and some of them worry me a bit - some of them seemed obvious before becoming a Baha’i. First there is the problem of incumbency - that incumbents have almost no chance statistically of losing their posts before death, and that being in these posts so long can encourage even the most steadfast and spiritually righteous to become a power-hungry politician. Then there is the problem of the treatment of homosexuals. There is the problem of rigid over-dependence on Ruhi. People have many criticisms about the Ark project. (Though this seems completely silly to me.)

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The waiting is the hardest part

New Guinea cargo cults attempt to lure cargo planes into landing at fake airports made from bamboo and coconuts.

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(Ignore the racist URL and end credits on this video)

Is Ruhi a cargo cult? Alison Marshall thinks so...