Baha’i Election; A New and Peaceful Model of Election; Interview with Judge James Nelson

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Amanda Ripley, author of Best Seller, High Conflict, writes about peaceful spirit of Baha’i election, and role of Baha’i consultation. Late Judge James Nelson explains the collaborative Baha’i system of governing. The Baha’i community of Claremont sponsored two TV shows each month under the title of Transforming Human Consciousness on Channel 3 Cable in Claremont California, Channel 3. The program lasted roughly 8 years, from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. Keyvan Geula was the host and director of the show. The Baha’i principles of oneness of humanity, the oneness of God, and oneness of all religions guided the direction of the shows and its subjects for discussion. Baha’i as well as friends from the greater community who cared about the topics of social good and social justice accepted our invitation as my guests. For years the programs remained in their original VHS format. Recently my loved and gracious family member, Mel Jacobson took the trouble of digitalizing my extensive archive of VHS tapes. I am hoping to make them available on my youtube channel under,    / keyvangeula  . subsequently, I hope to share them on my other social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Some of my distinguished guests would be witnessing this process from the realms above. They have my heartfelt prayers and gratitude wherever they are. To my other guests who are still with us, I send my deepest appreciation for helping me create some of the most meaningful communications in our community on very vital subjects our humanity still struggling with. “And those who are called upon from among the ranks of such enkindled souls to serve on the institutions of that mighty system understand well the Guardian’s words that ‘their function is not to dictate, but to consult, and consult not only among themselves, but as much as possible with the friends whom they represent.’ ‘Never’ would they be ‘led to suppose that they are the central ornaments of the body of the Cause, intrinsically superior to others in capacity or merit, and sole promoters of its teachings and principles.’ ‘With extreme humility,’ they approach their tasks and ‘endeavor, by their open-mindedness, their high sense of justice and duty, their candor, their modesty, their entire devotion to the welfare and interests of the friends, the Cause, and humanity, to win, not only the confidence and the genuine support and respect of those whom they serve, but also their esteem and real affection.’ Within the environment thus created, institutions invested with authority see themselves as instruments for nurturing human potential, ensuring its unfoldment along avenues productive and meritorious. Universal House of Justice

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