Name: Nosrat Scott
Position: Programming vice president for the Inter-Faith Council of Greater Hollywood. Member of the Bahai Assembly of Pembroke Pines.
Time at post: Joined the council two years ago. Appointed programming vice president last year.
Religious philosophy: ``I try to live a life of service and honesty, according to the main teaching of my religion, which promotes oneness of humanity and acceptance of all people.''
Background: The interfaith council was formed 27 years ago to bring people of all religions together to understand and learn about each other.
The council's reach has grown over the years. In the beginning, the organization was based almost solely in Hollywood. But the group's members now comprise clergy and other lay people from cities throughout South and West Broward including Hallandale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City and Plantation.
The council holds monthly open meetings with guest speakers on the third Thursday of each month. Gatherings are held in different locations.
Scott is one of three members on the council who represent the Bahai faith, which has its origins in 19th Century Iran.
There is a Bahai Center, at 4365 Rock Island Rd. in Lauderhill, but most worshippers meet at private homes. Each city has its own congregation, known as an assembly.
In Broward, there are around 500 Bahais belonging to some 17 assemblies. Each group is run by lay people. There are no clergy, Scott said.
Members live their lives according to teachings from the Aqdas, the book of Bahaú'llah, who is the prophet and founder of the Bahai faith.
They also believe in the spiritual teachings of prophets from other faiths such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, Scott said.
Bahais in Broward and around the world celebrated the Proclamation of Bahaú'llah on Wednesday. The day marks the time in 1863 when the prophet proclaimed to be the latest manifestation of God, said Scott, a homemaker who was born in Iran and came to the United States 20 years ago. She and her husband have been living in Broward County since 1986. The couple moved here from Birmingham, Ala.
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