Delegates to the 4th National Baha’i Convention in Duogee Town, Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County, successfully conducted the election of their National Spiritual Assembly (NSA) recently.
The NSA is the highest Baha’i Institution in any country and is charged with the responsibilities of administering all national affairs of their faith.
Those elected to serve on the NSA for 2018/2019 are Geebli Newray, Eddie Wright, Alfred G. Suah, Albert Thoudou, David S. Menjor, Mehngoagek Baymie, Nora Bolongei (the only female), Johnson Karmanda and Arthur C.Y.Duogee.
In keeping with a letter dated March 25, 2007 from the Baha’i Universal House of Justice, the delegates refreshed their minds on the delicate nature of Baha’i elections, and the hope of establishing the new world order of Baha’u’llah, achieved by the establishment and solidification of the unity of humanity, the recognition of the unity of God and the oneness of all the religions recorded as of the time of Abraham.
The delegates and observers were charged to abide by the teachings of Baha’u’llah (Manifestation of God for this age), which forbid canvassing and electioneering, among other practices, inherent in political systems of the world.
Aided by the assigned Counselor to the country, Alain Pirre Djoulde (Cameroonian), the Auxiliary Board Members, Tina Precious Wright and Sam Karnue (Liberian), the Convention Bureau composed of a chairman (Alfred G. Suah) and secretary (David S. Menjor), successfully accomplished the convention’s agenda which climaxed with the election of the new NSA.
In his charge to the elected NSA, which is comprised of nine members as it is with all Baha’i communities throughout the world, Cllr. Djoulde called on the Baha’is to foster community developments such as devotional meetings, children’s classes and youth programs which teach youth between the ages of 12 and 15 about life that will help them make wise decisions and choices as they grow up.
Djoulde said as Abdul Baha, Baha’u’llah’s eldest son and center of the Covenant of the faith, refers to the NSA as the secondary house of justice in any country it exists, it is incumbent upon the Liberian NSA to design plans that will support the execution of the five-year plan, which began in 2015.
In the Plan, it is requested of all national Baha’i communities to expand the teachings of Baha’u’llah by ensuring there are more Baha’i core activities positively impacting the lives of people of all classes.
Eddie Wright and Arthur Duogee, upon accepting the challenge from Cllr. Djoulde, pledged that they will not relent in working hard with all Baha’is to achieve the goals of initiating, improving and sustaining the core activities earmarked.
He called on all Liberian Baha’is and friends of the faith to rise up to the challenge and expand their network of collaboration in building a new world through their faith.
The election of the NSA brought together delegates from Greater Monrovia, Fuamah, Sanniquellie, Tchien and Gbarzon clusters of the 90 clusters the Faith has across the country.