The Baha'i Community of Meridian

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 26 October 2018.

Phone: 208-629-0831
Email: meridianlsa@gmail.com
Website: Meridianidahobahai.org
[flickr_set id="72157621942320412"] History The Bahá’í presence in the area dates back to the 1930s when Ethel Stevens Thompson of nearby Boise converted to the Bahá’í faith in 1937. It is unknown when Bahá'ís first arrived in Meridian, but it was most likely in the 1950s. Since then the Bahá’í community has fluctuated in size and thereby in the number of Assemblies (a Bahá’í Assembly requires at least nine adult members of the Bahá’í faith). After a decade of no formal community, an Assembly formed again in Meridian in 2004. As of this writing, this community remains active. The group meets in individual homes for prayers and meetings. Each home typically has a display of Bahá’í books, pictures of Abdu'l Baha, son of Baha'u'llah the prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith, and other religious symbols. Numbers have always been a concern for the Bahá’í community of Meridian whose size often varies. This fluctuation is often due to members relocating from Meridian to nearby cities. At the same time, members feel that they have a strong and cohesive base with very committed members and the community remains eager for growth. There are over 15 members in the group and most members are between the ages of 50 and 70, although the group ranges in age from 9 to 95. The Bahá’í community of Meridian is actively trying to increase participation among junior youths ages 11 to 15. Activities and Schedule The Bahá’í community of Meridian holds study circles every Saturday night where they most often study from the Ruhi book, a lesson book for Bahá’ís practicing from home. If someone wishes to learn about the faith, the community will host an informal gathering to introduce non-members to the Bahá’í faith, called a Fireside. Every 19 days the Bahá’í community gathers for a spiritual Feast. During this time they read Writings from various Holy texts, discuss any Bahá’í news or upcoming events, and socialize. This rotates from house to house each time. Devotionals are always open for members from other cities to attend, and the community in Meridian often shares information and collaborates with other communities on events and programs. In addition to a monthly bulletin and calendar, they receive a newsletter for Bahá’ís in the Treasure Valley, further strengthening the wealth of connections to the other members of the Bahá’í faith. The National Bahá’í body offers a lot of support; the Meridian community regularly receives letters from the House of Justice and are visited by national and regional council members.