Clergy

Dec 2015
378
N Ireland
A thought has just struck me. It's generally accepted that we don't have any clergy. I wonder is it possible that the various institution members might appear to others as clergy under a different name!?
 
Oct 2011
4,213
Quilimari,Chile
Is quite possible.
I have experienced Assemblies that do not understand the function of assemblies. They refuse to consult or act in ways unbecoming of Baha'u'lla.
There is no humility.
One could be excused in thinking they are clergy.
As some non Baha's who do not understand how the faith works have made this error.

May we one and all deepen in the faith and fully understand how we are to behave.
Of course when we come up against these people we can strive to lovingly teach them the right way, or ignore their behavior and pray for them.
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Sep 2010
1,297
Canada
There are many differences, here are some came to mind just now:

- In Bahai faith, we elect assembly members every year. Other faith do not elect the clergy throug voting.

- In Bahai faith, the individual members of assemblies do not have any special spiritual ranks, unlike what we see in previous religions.

- in Bahai faith, the members of assembly are not considered experts in Religion. In other Religions, the clergy are considered experts in explaining and interpreting verses of the Book.
 
Dec 2015
378
N Ireland
There are many differences, here are some came to mind just now:

- In Bahai faith, we elect assembly members every year. Other faith do not elect the clergy throug voting.

- In Bahai faith, the individual members of assemblies do not have any special spiritual ranks, unlike what we see in previous religions.

- in Bahai faith, the members of assembly are not considered experts in Religion. In other Religions, the clergy are considered experts in explaining and interpreting verses of the Book.
As a Baha'i I understand your point, non Baha'is might not. The Pope is also elected
 
Sep 2010
1,297
Canada
As a Baha'i I understand your point, non Baha'is might not. The Pope is also elected
My knowledge about the Pop election is limitted. I always thought, the Pop elects the next Pop.

I didnt know, every year, all Christians in the world, vote to choose their prists, or every 5 years they elect their Pop. ;)
 
Mar 2013
522
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there are some protestant denominations that elect their clergy, but that clergy's function is different from a spiritual assembly.

Some functions that an LSA would handle would often be paid-staff positions for larger churches, and the role would not be thought of necessarily in a spiritual context.


Curiously the Jehovah's Witnesses also claim to not have a clergy. Their congregations are led by a body of elders. Up until the early 1970's/late 1960's these were elected positions, which I believe were called Congregation Servant (I may be wrong on the terminology) but after that point they became known as Elders and their appointment came from a hierarchical structure. They do not receive wages and therefore do do not consider themselves clergy. The higher administrative functions, District Overseers, Circuit Overseers, do not consider themselves clergy but do receive a stipend for living expenses.
 
Dec 2015
378
N Ireland
My knowledge about the Pop election is limitted. I always thought, the Pop elects the next Pop.

I didnt know, every year, all Christians in the world, vote to choose their prists, or every 5 years they elect their Pop. ;)
The Pope is elected by the college of cardinals sitting in secret conclave. The college includes every Cardinal in the world and all converge on Rome for the pontifical election