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Learner Discovers the Inheritance of a Fortune: Shoghi Effendi and the Administrative Order

Aug 31, 2022
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Image: Screenshot from an August 2017 Webinar titled “The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi” with Robert Stockman. This video is one of the resources in the WI course mentioned below.

Course: Shoghi Effendi: His Life and Ministry (2022)
Faculty Mentor: Harold Rosen

My objective in taking this course (Shoghi Effendi: His Life and Ministry) was to get a better understanding of the administrative order and its unique place in the Faith. I wanted to be able to describe the challenges faced by Shoghi Effendi, how he met those challenges, and how they provided a focus for his work. I also want to be able to make presentations (deepenings, mostly) about the Faith, and talk about Shoghi Effendi’s role as Guardian of the Faith.

Since finishing the course, I have a much better understanding of what it took to build the administrative order, and of many of the steps Shoghi Effendi took to implement it. I have a fairly good idea of what he faced meeting his primary objective, which was to fulfill the mandates given to him by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá.

Combined with taking the Ruhi classes on the Covenant, what I’ve learned in the course should strengthen my ability to make high-quality presentations about Shoghi Effendi in the future.

I feel like a child who has inherited a fortune: that fortune is a fully functioning administrative order. I was not involved in the making of that fortune, so, until now, I took it for granted. I now have a greater appreciation for both Shoghi Effendi, the man and Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian. Previously, I had no appreciation of how much Shoghi Effendi did or how his work touched everything involved in Bahá’í life and in the Bahá’í world. We are all in his debt.

I am very glad I took this course. I have a greater understanding of and appreciation for Shoghi Effendi’s impact on my life as a Bahá’í.



Phyllis Sinex (Gibsonia, Pennsylvania)

Phyllis Sinex is a piano teacher, formerly from Columbia, Maryland.

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