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Charters of the Faith

The Charters according to Shoghi Effendi are: Tablet of Carmel (Bahá'u'lláh), and `Abdu'l-Bahá’s Will & Testament and Tablets of the Divine Plan.

Bahá’í History & Texts
Duration
6 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Dec 3-Jan 13
Register By
December 3, 2020
Fee: $75

In Charters of the Faith, we will study three "Charters" of the Bahá’í Faith identified by Shoghi Effendi: Bahá'u'lláh’s Tablet of Carmel and `Abdu'l-Bahá’s Will and Testament, and Tablets of the Divine Plan. We will read and discuss the full texts of these three charters, supplementing our reading with stories, photographs, and other materials and seeking to gain a deeper understanding of their significance and their application in our own lives. We will examine the "three distinct processes" that Shoghi Effendi states these three charters set in motion, "the first operating in the Holy Land for the development of the institutions of the Faith at its World Center and the other two, throughout the rest of the Bahá’í world, for its propagation and the establishment of its Administrative Order" (Messages to the Bahá’í World, 84).

The course will conclude with a discussion about the Hands of the Cause of God and the role they played between Shoghi Effendi’s death in 1957 and the election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963, and with the role that individuals play in protecting and expanding the Faith.

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Brent Poirier, JD
Writer, Independent Scholar

I was raised Roman Catholic. My first two years of college, at St. Mary’s College in northern California, were as a seminarian. I felt that the most important course I took during this time was a course in Formal Logic. I left the seminary to see if I could live... See Faculty Bio

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