The Evanston Bahá'í Community
Welcome from the Bahá'ís who live, work and worship here in Evanston. We lovingly invite you to join us in any of the activities and events listed here.
Across the globe, followers of Bahá’u’lláh and their friends are striving in earnest to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the advancement of society. A Widening Embrace captures some experiences and insights from a selection of neighbourhoods and villages, in rural and urban settings. Here, a process of building vibrant communities is unfolding through individual and collective action propelled by a commitment to learning, in the words of Bahá’u’lláh, how to "translate that which hath been written into reality and action."
Who is Bahá’u’lláh?
Bahá'ís host a variety of neighborhood gatherings that are open to anyone who may wish to attend.
A devotion is an informal gathering for prayer and song, led by hosts and their friends and neighbors. There is no clergy in the Bahá'í Faith, meaning that neighborhood gatherings for prayer reflect the families and friends who host them.
A Bahá'í Fireside is an informal meeting that usually has a short presentation in advance of discussion. Topics can be chosen ahead of time, but questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Dinners hosted by groups of friends welcome those of all diets and strive to include dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Hosts for these gatherings are happy to answer any questions you have about them.
Please join the Bahá'ís of Evanston in a viewing of the incredible new documentary film about the very first days of the Bahá'í Faith in Iran.
The Gate is about the Prophet-Herald known at The Báb, and how we remember Him today, His inspirational teachings, and the people who followed him.
This 50 minute film will be shown in Lecture Room 3 at the Technological Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, on Wednesday, May 23 at 8 p.m. , with snacks and desserts and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
The devotional program to commemorate the Declaration of the Báb will be held at 10 p.m. that night, just up Sheridan Road in Wilmette and everyone is welcome.
Both events are free, there will be no collections or donations accepted.
For more about the film visit: www.thegatefilm.com
The Baha'is of Evanston are engaged in a process of spiritual community building that is underway around the world. Through an educational process that connects children, youth and adults with the transformative power of the Word of God, everyone advances together on a path of learning, action and reflection.
Our devotional meetings, classes for children and teens, study circles, and other activities generally take place in homes, community centers, and other locations around Evanston.
This process of personal and collective transformation is open to everyone, and everyone is warmly welcomed to participate–being a member is not required. The Bahá'í Faith places great emphasis on the independent investigation of truth, so everyone’s path of exploration, worship and service is respected and honored.
This Bahá'í Blog has a good article about the Bahá'í Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, also available in Evanston.
There are plenty of videos to watch about the Bahá'í Faith, teachings, history and belief at these YouTube channels and websites:
Joe and Jenna have invited friends to their home for prayers and storytelling. They will say prayers from the Bahá'í writings, share poems and a variety of religious texts and perhaps sing a song. Bahá'ís invite friends and neighbors to meet for prayers and devotions in their homes.
For this series of meetings, Joe and Jenna are sharing stories from the life of Bahá’u’lláh and encouraging friends to bring stories they would like to share and to practice telling. This is a monthly gathering, on Sunday afternoons, just one of several devotional meetings held regularly in Evanston.
The Bahá'í Faith believes in the spiritual nature and capacity of children. Look here to learn more about family life and local neighborhood children's classes.
The Bahá'ís in the U.S. publish a children's magazine that is available to everyone. To learn more about it, visit Brilliant Star magazine, with extensive pages of stories, lessons, interviews, arts and crafts.
O God! Educate these children. These children are the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden. Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Compassionate.
In June of last year, the Bahá'ís joined more than two dozen Evanston churches and faith communities in an effort to Pray4Peace on Dodge Ave. from Howard to Church. We were greeted by local police officers who delivered water and encouragement.
Prayers were offered together with members from Reba Place Church and Grace Lutheran Church.
After an hour of prayer and song, the Bahá'ís joined many of their friends for lunch at the ETHS east parking lot. Plans are in progress for a larger event in 2018.