Tuesday, October 23, 2007

On Flexibility of Methods: Avoid restricting unnecessarily the efforts of the believers to teach the Baha'i Faith

Baha'is teach their Faith in a variety of ways. Thanks to Vahid Hedayati (teachingandprojects@gmail.com) for sharing this text via his marvelous teaching website. -gw

Of paramount consideration ... is whether a particular method of teaching allows for a dignified presentation of the Faith. Cultures differ, and what may be considered dignified in one locality may not be so in another. It should be noted in this respect that, in the context of the Five Year Plan, the friends carry out a wide variety of activities at the level of the neighborhood and village, such as children’s classes and study circles, and in many cases it would be quite appropriate to visit the homes of people to explain the nature of these activities and invite them to take part. In still others, paying a visit to the home of someone to see whether they are interested in learning about the Faith would not be regarded as undignified in the least.

In general, the institutions of the Faith should be flexible in such matters and avoid restricting unnecessarily the efforts of the believers to teach the Faith.

18 October 2007

Photo: Home-visiting is practiced by many communities besides the Baha'is all over the world. Here is an example from Brazil:

"Our Local Community,"
Children At Risk Foundation – CARF (www.carfweb.net) on flickr

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