Volunteering at the House of Worship
The original purpose of Bahá’í houses of worship is simply that of unity—places of meeting where various peoples, different races and souls of every capacity may come together in order that love and agreement should be manifest between them. That is why Bahá’u’lláh has commanded that a place of worship be built for all the religionists of the world; that all religions, races and sects may come together within its universal shelter; that the proclamation of the oneness of mankind shall go forth from its open courts of holiness—the announcement that humanity is the servant of God and that all are submerged in the ocean of His mercy.
Ever since the Temple opened its doors in 1953, members of the Bahá’í Faith in the near vicinity of the House of Worship have given of their free time to help at the House of Worship. Although there are a number of ways people can serve, the most needed area of service is to greet and meet visitors, who come from all over the world. This mainly entails welcoming our visitors, answering general questions about the Bahá’í Faith and ensuring that the appropriate decorum is maintained in the sacred precincts. Although the volunteers tend to be members of the Bahá’í Faith, there is no reason why nonmembers cannot help. A knowledge of the House of Worship and tenets of the Bahá’í Faith are essential but these can be easily learned. Another important requirement is the wearing of appropriate clothing, which is business attire.
If you would like to volunteer, or find out more, please contact the House of Worship Activities Office by telephone: 847-853-2300 or send an E-mail to email@example.com. We encourage the volunteers to pledge a three hour block of time either once a week or once a month although we can accommodate anyone who comes without a prior commitment.