Call to Apostleship

Call to Apostleship

by Janet A Khan


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ISBN-13: 9781618511102
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust, U.S.
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 894,875
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Janet A. Khan is a former member of the Research Department at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel. After completing a doctorate in counseling at the University of Michigan, she held academic positions at the University of Michigan and University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests include gender issues, the role of women in religion, aspects of social change, and the evolution of the Baha'i system of administration.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Seminal Documents 1

Historical documents 2

The Magna Carta 2

The Constitution of the United States of America 3

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 5

Bahá'í Charter Documents 6

The Tablets of the Divine Plan 8

World War I 10

'Abdu'l-Bahá and the War Years 12

Timing of the Tablets 12

Why America? 17

Themes and Processes 20

The Role of Religion in Society 21

Engagement with Society 23

Oneness of Humankind-the Organizing Principle for Action 24

Evolutionary Change 27

Capacity Building 30

The Call to Apostleship 32

Conclusion 34

2 Call to the Nations 37

Tablets to the Kings 38

Relationship between the Proclamation to the Kings and Religious Leaders and the Tablets of the Divine Plan 43

The Significance of the West 44

Strategic Assignment of Responsibility 48

The Role of Abdu'l-Bahá 51

Mobilizing Collective Action 52

Concluding Remarks 56

3 An Epoch-Making Gathering 59

Historical Context 59

Paris Peace Conference 62

The Convention of the Covenant 64

Immediate Impact of the Convention 67

Historical Consciousness 67

Awareness of Responsibility 68

The Kingdom of God on Earth 71

Mobilization for Action 72

The Origins of the North American Bahá'í Community 72

Response on the Home Front 76

Inauguration of International Response 79

Initiation of Collective Action 80

4 Diffusing the Light 83

The Context-The Birth of New Religious Movements 84

The Initial Spark-the Response to the Call of the Manifestation of God 85

The Rise of Early Christianity 88

Emergence of Organizational Structure 90

Official Recognition 92

Patterns of Growth 93

Stages in the Unfoldment of the Bahá'í Faith 93

Uniqueness of Revelation and its Supreme Mission 94

Divinely Propelled Process of Growth 95

Time and the Bahá'í Dispensation 97

The Birth of the Bahá'í Era 98

Spread of the Faith beyond Persia 104

The Ministry of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 106

Covenantal Provisions and World-Wide Expansion 110

Inception of the Formative Age-Acceleration of Growth 117

Teaching Plans of Shoghi Effendi 119

Becoming the Nucleus and Pattern of the New World Order 123

An Emerging Bahá'í Culture 128

Conclusion 131

5 Fostering the Spiritual Regeneration of the Planet 133

Call to Apostleship 136

Context for the Emergence of Social Order 137

Pathways to Spiritual Development 137

Interrelationships between the Three Conditions for Apostleship 144

Motivating Force 146

Result of Becoming an Apostle of Bahá u'lláh 150

6 The First Condition of Apostleship 153

Being a Party to the Covenant 156

The Question of Freedom 160

Understanding the Will and Purpose of God 164

Central Role of Knowledge 166

Secular Knowledge 169

Culture of Learning 171

The Process of Accompaniment 173

Sustaining Growth 175

Laying the Foundations of a New Civilization 177

Engaging in Discourse with the Wider Society 179

The Case of Iran-Fostering the Advancement of Women 180

Elements of a Strategic Approach 186

Conclusion 190

7 The Second Condition of Apostleship 193

The Practice of Oneness 196

The Promotion of Unity 197

The Dynamic Powers of the Collective Center 199

Identifying and Destroying the Foundation of Differences 200

Promoting Unity in Diversity 205

Organizing the Oneness of the World of Humanity 208

Role of the Bahá'í Administrative Order 215

Contribution of the Bahá'í Community 218

Promoting the Well-being of Humanity 220

The Challenge of Utopianism 223

Denning Utopia 224

Issues Associated with Utopian Thinking 225

Responding to the Charge of Utopianism 226

The Power of Deeds 231

8 The Third Condition of Apostleship 235

The Teaching Enterprise 237

Understanding Military Imagery 240

Teaching vs. Proselytizing 242

Qualifications of the Teacher 244

Travel and Teaching 249

Nature of Teaching Activities 251

Society-building Impact of Travel Teaching 254

Strategic Emphasis on Geographical Place 259

Clusters and Neighborhoods 262

Focus on Special Regions and Populations 264

Bahia, Brazil 264

Panama 268

Greenland 271

Indigenous Populations 275

Women as Teachers 277

Concluding Comments 281

9 Responding to the Call to Apostleship 285

The Urgency to Act 288

The Station and Functions of 'Abdu'l-Bahá 289

Enhancing Capacity to Respond to the Call to Apostleship 291

Firmness in the Covenant-The First Condition 291

Fellowship and Love among the Believers-The Second Condition 297

Traveling to Teach-The Third Condition 303

Dealing with Challenges 307

Conclusion 310

Notes 313

Selected Bibliography 343

Index 349

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