Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Widening the community of interest through online declaration

Here is the story of an individual in the Central region who registered his Faith online. In this case, his investigation of the Faith involved both “remote” approaches and friendships with local believers. This account, shared by the regional seeker response specialist, highlights the various aspects of the enrollment process for online registrants, including affirmation and eMembership. The discussion also shows that family members of new believers are often part of community of interest.

Dear Friends,

I am honored to inform you that __, who registered online, has been affirmed. The enrollment can now be completed through the eMembership system. His record should appear in the Pending Members folder. . . .

__ first learned about the Bahá'í Faith from a local believer about a year ago. Through reading on the website and watching a podcast, he gathered enough information to know he was attracted. Then recently he reconnected with this believer. So he decided to go online and register. He is especially attracted to the principles, the aspect of community and unity in diversity.

__ and his wife have plans to visit the Bahá'í House of Worship very soon so she may meet some Bahá'ís and decide if she wants to register as well.

In closing __ asked if his wife registers, will she be interviewed by me or someone else. I told him there were several options, including having a local believer meet with her. __ said he would like me to do it. So I will keep you posted on what happens.

I hope you all have a joyous day.

Loving Bahá'i regards,


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