The Evanston Bahá'í Community
Welcome to the web page for the Bahá'ís of Evanston. We are the Bahá'ís who live, work and worship together in Evanston. This page will share activities and events that are hosted here and open to everyone. You will also see links to pages about the Bahá'í Faith, the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, and for the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October.
Who is Bahá’u’lláh? He is the prophet-founder of our Faith, and you can learn more about Him on this webpage, a photographic narrative of His life.
Brochures, flyers and posters with all the times and dates for the Twin Holy Days in 2017 are on the second page of this site, click "Light of Unity Festival Events" at the top right.
Exciting events are planned in Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie and Chicago for the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017. The Bahá'ís of Evanston will have special celebrations during the weekend of October 20-22, and many other dinners, devotions and gatherings before and afterwards. Directly below is a copy of the bicentenary invitation. A paper copy can be mailed to you or delivered to your home. Call: 847-801-9099
Click here to learn more about the Light of Unity Festival.
There are several websites where you can find out more about the Bahá'í Faith and reserve free tickets for special Chicagoland Light of Unity Festival events in 2017.
Light of Unity Festival Ticketed Events from September through November 2017.
The Evanston Bahá'í Community is affiliated with Interfaith Action of Evanston, serving the hungry and the homeless. The Bahá'ís host and serve at the Soup Kitchen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church four Sundays a year. Christina and Jafred Mato (in the center) were the Bahá'í Vision Keepers for Interfaith Action in 2016. Learn more about Interfaith Action of Evanston
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 this 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.