Sitka Alaska Baha'i Community Welcome!

Welcome to the web site for the Sitka Bahá'í Community.

Bahá'ís have resided in Sitka since 1905. The Sitka Bahá'í community represents a diversity of age as well as ethnic and racial backgrounds.

History of the Sitka Baha'i Community
The earliest known Baha'i, to travel to Alaska, was Agnes Alexander from Hawaii, who visited Southeastern, Alaska, including Sitka in 1905. Many other dedicated souls traveled throughout Alaska in response to 'Abdu'l-Baha's Tablet of the Divine Plan during the following years, ever encouraging the friends to take the healing message of Baha'u'llah to all parts of the world.

Gail Avery (Davis) was one of those devoted souls. She heard of the Baha'i Faith from her sister and other Baha'is in Billings, Montana and recognized in her heart and soul that this was the truth, that Baha'u'llah was the One promised by all the Holy Books of the past. She became a member of the Baha'i Faith in 1948, telling her relatives that "This old lady is getting into religion". When she attended the Chicago Conference in 1953, Ruhiyyih Khanum, the wife of the Beloved Guardian, invited those who would answer the call to Pioneer during the Ten Year Crusade, to come on stage and dedicate themselves to settle in unopened areas of the world, one of which was Baranof Island, and to which Gail responded wholeheartedly.

After finishing her nursing studies in Montana she moved to her new home of Sitka on Baranof Island in 1954 and remained for the rest of her life. She worked as a nurse at the Native Hospital, homesteaded on Dove Island, married into and was adopted by the Tlingit nation, and continued to serve her community while sharing the precious message of her heart. She helped form the first Local Spiritual Assembly of Sitka in 1962.

Because of her deep love and dedication to the Blessed Beauty, Baha'u'llah, and in arising to fill one of the goals of the Ten Year Crusade, she was honoured with becoming a Knight of Baha'u'llah. This was a designation bestowed on her and other souls who arose in response to Shoghi Effendi's appeal to carry God's message for this new age to unupened areas of the world.



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