|02-13-2015, 10:03 AM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2013
thinking of relocating
I live in the USA right now, and my wife and I are contemplating a move based on a job offer. It's is still within the USA, but it is to Hawaii.
I just realized hawaii has its own NSA. If I get the job and move, do I need to write the current NSA to tell them I am leaving and then contact the Hawaiian NSA once I arrive?
|02-13-2015, 10:34 PM||#3|
Joined: Dec 2012
As odd as this might sound, once you leave the jurisdiction of any Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly (NSA) you are free to do as you please. For instance you can leave the US as A Baha'i and arrive in Hawaii with an entirely new belief system if you wish. In this respect while Hawaii is within US legal jurisdiction, it is not within the jurisdiction of the US NSA, instead it is within the jurisdiction of the Hawaiian NSA, of which you are not currently a member. This means that once you relocate there you are technically no longer a member of the Baha'i Administrative Order unless of course you choose to submit to the Hawaiian NSA. It is possible however to engage in a formal transfer by communicating with your existing NSA before departure. They will advise you accordingly.
Of course doing this will technically offer you the opportunity to become an international pioneer, even though you might not fully realise this. Thus while it may feel entirely coincidental to you, it could also be viewed that you have been afforded the opportunity to pioneer in His Name. It is simply a matter of perspective. Many Baha'i histories about the early believers are written as if they intended to pioneer to such countries, when in reality fate and chance often played a hand too.
I am reminded about a couple that reached retirement age and wished to travel to a nice safe location to live out the rest of their lives just participating in simple Baha'i matters. They wrote to the Universal House of Justice to ask them were they might go. The response, from what I have been led to believe, was they should go to the Falkland Islands. No sooner had they arrived and settled in their home the Island was invaded by armed forced intent of seizing the Island for themselves. The moral here of course is that no matter where you decide to live in the world you cannot avoid being called into service.
From my experience all people that engage in international pioneering soon learn to realise things about themselves that they never really appreciated before. Naturally I wish you well in this voyage of discovery should you choose to take advantage of this opportunity.