Scott Hyslop

Scott Hyslop was a student at Montana State University when he mapped the religious diversity in Montana throughout the summer months of 2003. He hoped to accomplish an initial overview of the “new religious climate” of the state. He recorded the presence and interaction among the diverse religious communities in major towns such as Missoula, Kalispell, Greatfalls, Helena, Butte, Bozeman and Billings. Hyslop examined the growing Buddhist population in Missoula and Bozeman, noting the inter-sangha and interfaith work done in correspondence to the peace movement after September 11 and prior to the Iraq war. He also acknowledged the presence of religious communities in rural areas of Montana such as the Amish, Hutterites, Mennonites, and the Apostolic United Brethren as well as the very rich religious dynamic on the reservations of Montana.

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