The next individual to be elected to the Universal House of Justice will be Juan Francisco Mora.

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–]A35821361[S] 2 points

The next individual to be elected to the Universal House of Justice will be Juan Francisco Mora.

In the Bahá’í electoral system, with no overt campaigning and politicking permitted, the exposure of potential candidates to electors is a premium. The nine members of the International Teaching Centre routinely travel throughout the world, giving them vital face-time with members of the National Spiritual Assemblies who serve as electors for the Universal House of Justice. In fact, every single one of the current members of the Universal House of Justice previously served as a Counsellor member of the International Teaching Centre.

With the turnover of the Universal House of Justice’s nine members and with the International Teaching Centre‘s being composed of nine members, some of whom are women and therefore ineligible for election to the Universal House of Justice, a man’s appointment to the International Teaching Centre serves as a presumption to eventual election to the Universal House of Justice.

To illustrate further, in a letter dated October 20, 2008, the Universal House of Justice called for a series of 41 Regional Conferences intended to mark the mid-point of the Five Year Plan and motivate participants to re-dedicate themselves to the goals of the Plan upon returning home. The Regional Conferences were held from November 1, 2008 through March 1, 2009.

Each of the 41 Rregional Conferences was attended by two Counsellor members of the International Teaching Centre with the exception of the Conference held at Uvira, the Democratic Republic of Congo, which had only one representative. The Counsellor members of the International Teaching Centre at the time of the Regional Conferences were Juan Francisco Mora, Ayman Rouhani, Stephen Hall, Stephen Birkland, Zenaida Ramirez, Joan Lincoln, Rachel Ndegwa, Uransaikhan Baatar, and Penelope Walker.

Of this cohort of Counsellors, the five lady members (Zenaida Ramirez, Joan Lincoln, Rachel Ndegwa, Uransaikhan Baatar, and Penelope Walker) were ineligible for election to the Universal House of Justice.

Of the four male members at the time of the 41 Regional Conferences (Juan Francisco Mora, Ayman Rouhani, Stephen Hall, and Stephen Birkland), all but Juan Francisco Mora have already been elected to the Universal House of Justice. Given that he has had more exposure to the electors of the Universal House of Justice than any other current male Counsellor member of the International Teaching Centre, it stands to reasonably assume with a high degree of confidence that Juan Francisco Mora will become the next individual elected to the Universal House of Justice once a vacancy opens.

In practice, the Bahá’í electoral system most closely resembles council democracy as it still exists in Cuba, wherein individuals elect Local Spiritual Assemblies, who then elect National Spiritual Assemblies, who then elect the Universal House of Justice. With no politicking or partisanship allowed, there is little turnover in leadership and Universal House of Justice members almost invariably serve until retirement or death. In the people’s democracies of the Eastern Bloc, these career bureaucrats were known as the nomenklatura.

[–]Uqbari 1 point

Out of curiosity, how do people get appointed to the International Teaching Centre? What’s the most typical background, and how are they recruited?

[–]MirzaJan 2 points

Normally, only Continental Counselors gets appointed to the ITC. These Counselors were ABMs before being promoted to the CBC. Before being an ABM they were assistants to ABMs. And only a ‘Tested Believer’ is chosen to work for the ABM.

[–]Uqbari 1 point

And how does that work? I see they recruit a lot of lawyers, but can’t tell what kind of law they generally practice.

[–]A35821361[S] 1 point

To illustrate your point…

Current Members of the International Teaching Centre

Name Date Appointed Previous Assignment as Continental Counsellor
Rachel Ndegwa 2003 Africa, 2000 – 2003
Uransaikhan Baatar 2008 Asia, 2000 – 2008
Juan Francisco Mora 2008 Americas, 2005 – 2008
Praveen Kumar Mallik 2010 Asia, 2006 – 2010
Ramchand Coonjul 2013 Africa, 2010 – 2013
Antonella Demonte 2013 Europe, 2010 – 2013
Andrej Donoval 2013 Europe, 2010 – 2013
Alison Milston 2013 Americas, 2008 – 2013
Mehranguiz Farid Tehrani 2013 Asia, 2005 – 2013
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