History of the Baha'i Faith in Santa Clarita
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The first Baha'i who moved to Santa Clarita Valley area in 1955 was Bob King. Bob was a cameraman for the "I Love Lucy" show. He established his home in the Forest Park area when he first moved into the community.
A second Baha'i moved into this community in 1956 and started teaching the faith through personal contacts and by hosting meetings (firesides) in his home.
By 1959 there were enough Baha'is in the area to establish the first LSA (Local Spiritual Assembly), the local administrative body of the Baha'i Faith, in Santa Clarita. An assembly consists of 9 adults who reside in the community. Members of this first assembly included six local residents and three who moved into the area. The members were:
The first Local Spiritual Assembly was designated Newhall J.D. to conform to the governmental Judicial District. This assembly was incorporated in 1970. As the population and Baha'i membership increased the area was divided to two assembly areas designated Newhall-Valencia and Canyon Country. This division took place in 1978.
- Gertrude Renning
- Carl Renning
- Joseph Bonner
- Florence Cheeseborough
- Marion Johnson
- David Johnson
- Johannah Hall
- Clara Atwood
As the population of the Santa Clarita Valley continued to grow, the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1988, changing the Baha'i assembly areas once again. Baha'is of Canyon Country were incorporated into the Santa Clarita Assembly. Baha'is living in the unincorporated area assumed the original name designation of the Judicial District.
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Baha'is of Santa Clarita,
P.O. Box 3141,
Santa Clarita, CA 91386-3141 U.S.A.
Telephone: (800) 350 2242
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