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?
Connect with the Bahá'ís of Evanston at:
Phone: 847-801-9099 (voice mail) to request a home visit or learn about ongoing study circles, junior youth empowerment program and children's classes.
Mail: P.O. Box 338, Evanston, IL 60204
We hold regular devotions every week at 1315 Jenks Street, Evanston on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Our group went on the road one week to visit with a friend temporarily staying at the Symphony Evanston, who were wonderful hosts to our group, and brought in more chairs when the group got larger than the picture shows at the right.
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.
Bahá'í Faith on Social Media:
- House of Worship on Facebook
- Bahá'ís of the U.S. on Facebook
- Bahá'ís of the U.S. on Instagram
- Bahá'í Teachings on Facebook
- Bahá'í Prayers
There are plenty of videos to watch about the Bahá'í Faith, teachings, history and belief at these YouTube channels and websites:
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.
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.