Deepening on Baha’i Elections – Day 5 of 5

A Deepening given in Hawaii to great success!
The deepening is used to prepare voters for unit conventions and to prepare voters for Assembly elections. Feel free to download and use in your community.  
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2. Below are several factors that might come to one’s mind when considering the qualifications
of those most suited for service on an Assembly. For each, indicate whether you regard it as
“important.”, “not very important.”, “irrelevant.”, or “unfavorable”. Mark them with an “I.”,
“NVI.”, “IR.” and “UN.” accordingly.

____ That he or she possesses a reasonable degree of understanding of the teachings of the
Faith

____ That he or she possesses a good understanding of the messages of the Universal House of
Justice regarding the global Plan under way in the Bahá’í world.

_____ That he or she has a demonstrated ability to translate the teachings into action

____ That he or she has a demonstrated ability to help others translate the teachings into action

____ That his or her life reflects a degree of coherence between belief and action

____ That he or she contributes, through both word and deed, to an environment conducive to
the participation of growing numbers in collective action

____ That he or she has a demonstrated ability to consult well with others

____ That he or she is forceful in consultation

____ That he or she constantly puts forward suggestions about projects the community should
undertake

____ That he or she is prone to conflict

____ That he or she is able to acknowledge when he or she has made a mistake

____ That he or she has the ability to build unity in the community

____ That he or she has longstanding experience in the teaching field

____ That he or she has served in an administrative capacity before

____ That he or she has been a Bahá’í for many years

____ That he or she shares the same concerns about the Bahá’í community that you have

____ That he or she often expresses criticism about the way the Bahá’í community is
administered

____ That he or she is familiar with the progress of the Bahá’í community worldwide

____ That he or she is well travelled

____ That he or she has been exposed to other cultures

____ That he or she is entertaining when addressing an audience

____ That he or she is poised when addressing an audience

____ That he or she is charismatic

____ That he or she holds a high ranking position in society

____ That he or she is highly educated

____ That he or she is well dressed

____ That he or she is wealthy

Clearly there are many other factors that may come to a person’s mind when considering the
qualifications of those suited for service on an Assembly. You may wish to think of a few more
and discuss them with your group.

The Covenant of Baha’u’llah, Unit 2, The Guardian of the Faith

As you approach your task to elect believers to serve the Local Spiritual Assembly in your
community, bear in mind the sacred nature of this responsibility. The Universal House of Justice
explains:

When called upon to vote in a Baha’i election, believers should be aware that they
are carrying out a sacred task unique to this Dispensation. They should approach
this duty in a prayerful attitude, seeking divine guidance and confirmation. As
Shoghi Effendi has advised, “they must turn completely to God, and with a purity of
motive, a freedom of spirit and a sanctity of heart, participate in the elections.”

Through their wholehearted embrace of the Baha’i electoral process, the believers
will witness, day by day, a greater contrast between the emerging institutions of the
Baha’i Administrative Order and the decaying social order around them. In this
increasing distinction will be seen the promise of the glory of the World Order of
Baha’u’llah– the System destined to fulfill the highest expectations of humanity.
–(The Universal House of Justice, 25 March 2007, to the Baha’is of the World)

3. Personal Considerations
The final and most important activity is to be done in the privacy of your own chamber. It is
intended to help you consider whom to vote for before you get to the election. Please refer to last page 
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