As various challenges arise within the community, GVIA’s Crisis Response Team works together to create meaningful and tailored messages for all Gallatin Valley residents. These messages are carefully crafted and represent commonalities in the belief systems of GVIA’s various member organizations.
January 2021 Letter to Chronicle
Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association Encourages Dialogue
The Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association (GVIA) is an organization with more than 12 diverse spiritual traditions. We have collaboratively supported harmony and justice efforts in the Gallatin Valley for the last 16 years.
The GVIA envisions a community connected—by respect, understanding, compassion, and service – where all are welcome to contribute in their own way to listen to and support one another, for the greatest good of all.
We believe that solutions to the divisions in our community and our nation will be found as we open our hearts to those we may not always agree with, but with whom we can build bonds of respect and understanding.
All our faith traditions have a form of the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We seek respectful discourse and equal creative opportunity for all.
We are in a time when a realistic discussion of social grievances must be met across the American culture with honest dialogue and transforming action.
We support those who are working to find solutions to the challenges that we are facing in this country. We must personally and collectively take responsibility to address these problems. We encourage everyone in this valley to reach across perceived boundaries of race, religion, or political leanings. Let us seek to build relationships in the spirit of genuine curiosity, humility, and love.
We call upon all people of good will to recognize that we are all in this struggle together for respect, equality, and justice. We are one world and one humanity. This is the place. Now is the time. Let us go forward together.