Clergy

For Baháism has no clergy, no religious ceremonial, no public prayers; its only dogma is belief in God and in his Manifestations (Zoroaster, Moses, Jesus, et al., Bahá’u’lláh).

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. vii

It is the work of the clergy to educate the people, to instruct them, to give them good advice and teaching so that they may progress spiritually.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 132

Nor is there any doubt that members of the Christian clergy will rise up against it in implacable hostility, wishing to injure and oppress you, and seeking to assail you with doubts; for the spread of the Cause of God will lead to the waning of their fortunes -- as the fortunes of the Pharisees had waned before them -- and entail the loss of the dignity and standing that they now enjoy amongst men.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 155

It seems both strange and pitiful that the Church and clergy should always, in every age, be the most bitter opponents of the very Truth they are continually admonishing their followers to be prepared to receive! They have become so violently attached to the form that the substance itself eludes them!

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 419

Many of the most valuable, enkindled and erudite teachers the Cause has possessed were formerly members of the clergy, Islamic or Christian.

Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 442

We have every reason to hope and believe that in the future many of the truly enlightened clergy may seek the shelter of Bahá’u’lláh, just as we feel certain that we may also expect at some future date a keen antagonism to our Faith on the part of those who do not see in it the salvation of the world, but rather challenge to their own fame and position.

Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 149