Baha’is of Gallatin County

This profile was last updated in 2003

History

The Baha’i Faith has been in Bozeman for roughly 40 years. In the past Bozeman has had an Assembly, but is now considered an “Organized Group.” In the early 1990s many of the Baha’is in the Bozeman area moved to other areas of the country. This left less than the nine members required to form an assembly.

Although an “Organized Group” does not have the same level of duties and obligations as an Assembly, the Bozeman Baha’is continue to have firesidesA fireside is a common type of Bahá’í meeting, a gathering in a Bahá’í home to discuss the faith. Bahá’ís are encouraged to host such gatherings regularly. Bahá’í communities also sponsor large public firesides in a home or a Bahá’í Ce... and study classes on an informal schedule. They often collaborate with the Baha’is in Livingston. Recently women from the two groups have been meeting for a women’s study group.

Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association

As of the Fall 2003 Salley Loble, a member of the Baha’i Community in Bozeman, has been serving as the Secretary of the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association. The association includes over 20 religious organizations in Bozeman representing Mainline ChristianityChristianity is the religious tradition of Christians: those who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, follow the path Christ taught, and gather together in the community of the church., JudaismJudaism is the worldview, the way of life, and the religious practice of the Jewish people, living in covenant with God and in response to Torah, the laws and ethics which guide the pattern of Jewish life. Jews today interpret their three thousand year ol..., IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., SufiSufism is often called “the heart of Islam,” as its emphasis on the inner life enlivens and supplements the outward practices of ritual and legal obligation. It is not a sect of Islam, but rather a stream of interpretation stressing the interior path,..., Dances of Universal Peace, Baha’i, the Native AmericanEach of the many Native American nations has its own distinctive life-ways, although there are some widely-shared characteristics. most Native life-ways are primarily transmitted through oral traditions; they are oriented toward living in relation to a sp... Sun DanceThe Sun Dance is a ceremony of purification and renewal widely practiced among Native American Plains tribes. Although the various rites often described by the term differ from one another in many significant ways, they all include a rigorous marathon of ..., The ChurchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... of JesusJesus is the historical figure considered by Christians to be the Christ, the Messiah, whose life and teachings, death and resurrection give clear evidence of God’s love for humankind. Jesus was born shortly before the death of Herod the Great (d. 4 BCE... Christ of Latter-Day SaintsSaints are human beings whose lives have displayed extraordinary holiness and devotion. As such they become examples for others. Indeed some of the faithful may understand them to be intermediaries and seek their help in time of need. Roman Catholics and ..., and The Church Universal and Triumphant.

The formal vision of the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association reads, “…to bring together people of all faith traditions in the valley to nurture a more healthy community through efforts of compassion, peace, justice, and love.”
The mission statement of the GVIA includes:
“-Building collegial support for people representing different faith traditions;
-Providing leadership to address wider social and spiritual issues within the communities of the Gallatin Valley;
-Establishing a forum to share in the life of each other’s traditions.”
The Baha’i Faith, along with many other religious organizations in Bozeman, was introduced to the GVIA through the ChaplainsA chaplain is a member of the clergy who serves in a prison, a hospital, a college, or some other institution outside the context of the normal congregational life of a religious community.: DavidDavid was the King of Israel (c. 1000 BCE) credited with uniting the many tribes of Israel into a centralized kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital. David is said to have planned for the Temple in Jerusalem, which was subsequently built by his son Solomon... Simpson, a LutheranLutheranism is a Protestant tradition following the theology of Martin Luther (1483-1546), the reformer who was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and launched the German reformation. He emphasized the sole authority of the Bible, the priesthoo... MinisterMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam)., and MaryMary was the mother of Jesus and, as such, has a special place in the affection and devotion of Christians. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew speak of her as a Virgin who conceived Jesus by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Devotion to the Virgin Mary, also cal... Piper, an EpiscopalianEpiscopal refers to any church in which authority is vested in a bishop (Greek episkopos). More particularly it refers to the Episcopal Church in America, which developed from the Church of England after the American Revolution. Minister at the Bozeman Deaconness Hospital ChapelA chapel is a place of worship, smaller than the sanctuary of a church or synagogue, or in an institutional setting such as a college or hospital.. The two chaplains also played an instrumental role in creating the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association.