Unite with neighbors in spiritual conversations
that release the power of the human spirit
and cultivate vibrant communities.

Unite with neighbors in spiritual conversations
that release the power of the human spirit
and cultivate vibrant communities.

Unite with neighbors in spiritual conversations that release the power of the human spirit and cultivate vibrant communities.

Ye dwell in one world, and have been created through the operation of one Will. Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love. — Bahá'u'lláh

Throughout history, God has sent Divine Educators to guide the advancement of civilization.

Bahá'u'lláh, the latest of these Messengers, taught that a just and peaceful global society is now possible. For more than a century, Bahá'ís in the United States have striven to give expression to the oneness of humanity, a core principle of their faith, by seeking to eliminate racial prejudice, advance the equality of women and men, and build vibrant spiritual communities that reflect the human family in all its diversity.

A Global Transformation
Leading to the Oneness of Humanity

What Bahá'ís Believe »

Explore the history of the Bahá'í Faith, its origins and principles, and its unifying vision of the nature of humanity and society.

What Bahá'ís Do »

Learn how Bahá'ís worldwide are responding to the call of Bahá'u'lláh to refine their inner characters and serve humanity.

Humanity is one, and prejudices and patterns of life that block the expression of this fundamental truth are gradually falling away.

We see evidence of this transformation all around us – the breaking down of the old, and the building up of new ways of being and social structures that contribute to the advancement of all people. Working towards this vision will require profound personal and social transformation over many generations. Humanity is leaving behind its childhood and entering a period of collective maturity.

A new understanding of religion
This transformation requires a new vision of the purpose and nature of religion. Religion is a faculty of the human soul that enables individuals to mine inner resources of courage, vision, and high endeavor. It allows groups and communities to explore reality together and forge a common vision and purpose. When harmonized with science, religion is a system of knowledge that propels the advancement of civilization.

Learning to put beliefs into action
Bahá'ís are striving to align themselves with the constructive processes that are informed by this fundamental oneness of mankind, religion, and God, and walk with all on a path of service.

Bahá'í House of Worship
for North America

The peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. — Bahá'u'lláh

This Temple stands as a symbol of the oneness of mankind, a sacred space for all people to commune with God.

The spiritual heart of the American Bahá'í community is the Bahá'í House of Worship for North America, located in Wilmette, IL, just north of Chicago.

Its primary purpose is to join worship of God with service to humanity, and therefore is the fullest expression of Bahá'í devotional life. The House of Worship is the dynamic pulse that inspires the American Bahá'í community to devote itself, day by day, to contribute to the spiritual and social life of the United States.

Plan your visit

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Upcoming Programs and Events
  • Devotional Services: 9:15 AM and 12:30 PM
  • Spanish Services, every first Sunday at 1:15 PM
  • Presentation on the Bahá'í Faith, Sundays 1:00 PM
  • Fireside Conversations every Friday evening, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

  • April 28, 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Ninth Day of Ridván
  • May 1, 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM, Twelfth Day of Ridván Dawn Devotions
  • May 1, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM, Twelfth Day of Ridván
  • May 29, Bahá'í Choral Music Festival, Concerts at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Temple and Gardens Hours
  • Open every day from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM

Welcome Center Hours
  • Winter (September 16 - May 14) 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • The bookshop will be closed for inventory on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2016.
  • Summer (May 15 - September 15) 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • For safety reasons, during snow and ice conditions the main steps of the Bahá'í House of Worship will be closed. At these times, visitors can access the Temple Auditorium between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM through the lower level, near the main entrance. The Welcome Center will remain open during regularly scheduled hours.

  • For wheelchair access to the Temple Auditorium contact Welcome Center staff: 847-853-2300.

Meet Bahá'ís Near You

O Children of Men! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. — Bahá'u'lláh

Contact a Bahá'í today to learn more about the Faith or see how you can join us and others working towards the betterment of your community.

Bahá'ís everywhere are working with friends in their neighborhoods to create spaces for children, youth and adults to learn how to grow spiritually and serve together. Would you like to be a Bahá'í or receive information? You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-22-UNITE (1-800-228-6483).

Connect and Meet Bahá'ís in the United States