Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"The watchword in all cases is humility." —UHJ 2010

I hope to offer downloadable audio in future, but for now I can only direct you to the play button.  This audio contains fifteen minutes and eleven seconds of talk talk talk in which I examine the 1992 Ridvan message of the UHJ by the standard of their 2010 admonition that "care should be exercised to avoid overstating the Baha'i experience," and that "the friends should should guard against projecting an air of triumphalism."


How the Mighty Fall said...

The Baha'i administration may simply be at the early stages of decline, as described by Jim Collins in "How the Mighty Fall":

Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success
Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More
Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril
Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death


Anonymous said...

Long ago in a far away place, I talked to a young american lady from a "loyal" bahai family who had returned from "service" at the BWC (Haifa Bahai World Center). She had had the opportunity to closely observe the process by which staff wrote letters signed by the UHJ. Needless to say, few such letters are actually written by the entire UHJ. Few are even READ by the entire UHJ. Most are routine, and drafted by staff, and "reviewed" briefly by a committee of a few UHJ members. My guess is that they have a very high tech "rubber stamp".

As you can imagine, even if the staff are tightly supervised (a big "if"), and are expected to write to strict theological standards, a few nonconforming or unexpected thoughts will find their way into "UHJ" letters on rare occasions. And, if one compares a historical letter to a current one, considerable differences in style and content are likely to appear. One can only speculate that "infallibility" can vary in interesting ways over time.

May your path be blessed with love and light,