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Hi Joel
Are Bahai members ever pressure into teaching their faith?
Are there ever force into taking part in the community?
Will they give members time consuming tasks?
Thank you

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Hi, Calvin:  Teaching the Faith is part of being a Baha'i.  Some Baha'is are more active at it than others.  Some choose to be "pioneers", who more actively bring the Faith to a community.  I have heard of some who are travelling teachers.  That I know, this is pretty much unofficial as there is no ordination or commissioning.  If you look at a website as " unenrolled Baha's", you'll see more about alleged "coercion" in the Faith.  I've never seen it myself, but, apparently, something is happening.  It does seem that Baha'i is a "party line" religion where you'd best "stick with the program." I read from a Thai Free Bahai website that there have been such defections (to other Baha'i groups) that Wilmette/Haifa may become a minority.  I can't vouch for that, but I do think changes need to be made.

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Joel Bjorling

Expertise

I can answer questions on the basic teachings, practices, and history of the Baha`i Faith and can provide information on diverse Baha`i groups (as the Orthodox Baha`is).

Experience

I have personally studied the Baha'i Faith for over twenty years and published a reference book on the Faith entitled THE BAHA'I FAITH; AN HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY. I also hold a Masters degree in Theological Studies.

Publications
THE BAHA'I FAITH: AN HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (Garland Publishing,1985).

Education/Credentials
BA in Behavioral Sciences (Oral Roberts University)
MATS (McCormick Theological Seminary)
Further study, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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