• The North American
    Baha’i Temple

  • The North American
    Baha’i Temple

  • The North American
    Baha’i Temple

  • The North American
    Baha’i Temple

  • The North American
    Baha’i Temple

  • The North American
    Baha’i Temple

 

Welcome to the North American Baha’i Temple

A sacred space open to all for prayer, quiet contemplation, and spiritual renewal.

A sacred space open to all for prayer, quiet contemplation, and spiritual renewal.

As a reflection of the spiritual truths of the Baha'i Faith — the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity and the oneness of religion — this landmark stands as the only one of its kind in North America. We invite you to get away from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life. Come embrace the calm and quiet of the gardens and auditorium. Come breathe in peace.

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    Groundbreaking for the Temple occurred on May 1, 1912
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    Construction of the Temple began in 1920
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    The Temple was dedicated on May 1, 1953
 

A Place of Inspiration

The central purpose of the Baha’i Faith is to contribute to global unity and help build spiritually and materially vibrant communities.

The central purpose of the Baha’i Faith is to contribute to global unity and help build spiritually and materially vibrant communities.

Baha’is and friends meet in neighborhoods and in each other’s homes to pray and serve together, to hold spiritual education classes for all children, and nurture the potential of teens to contribute to and impact the world around them.

The House of Worship serves a complementary purpose. It is like a unique gift that belongs to all of humanity. It is for contemplation. It is for prayer. It is made to be a haven for all who need to find relief and shelter in the midst of a hectic world. It exists to serve the spiritual needs of everyone.

"The doors will be open to all sects — no differentiation; and by God’s help this temple will prove to be to the body of human society what the soul is to the body of man."

The Baha'i Writings
 

Hours and Events

Activities at the House of Worship are free and open to all.

Activities at the House of Worship are free and open to all.

Open Hours

The upstairs auditorium and gardens are open year round from 6 AM to 10 PM.

Welcome Center hours:
May 15 - September 15, 10 AM-8 PM
September 16 - May 14, 10 AM-5 PM

The Bookshop closes one hour prior to Welcome Center closing times.

Prayer Services and Devotions

Devotions are brief programs of prayers and holy texts from the Baha’i Faith and the world’s other great religions. They are read, chanted or sung in the auditorium without sermons or comments.

Prayer services are held daily at 9:15 AM and 12:30 PM.
Prayers are offered in Spanish on the first Sunday of each month at 1:15 PM.

The a cappella House of Worship Choir sings at the 12:30 PM service on the first three Sundays of each month.

Introductory Presentations

An introductory presentation on the Baha’i Faith is held every Sunday in the lower level Welcome Center. The presentations begin at 1:00 PM, immediately after the 12:30 PM devotional program that is held in the upstairs auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Keep updated with the Temple newsletter

Musical Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith
Live performance of music by Debussy, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin
to contemplate the oneness of religion, equality of women and men and the joy of
race unity
Sunday, July 27
7:00 PM

Devotional Program with Music
Prayers and readings interspersed with live meditative music
Held in Foundation Hall, located below the auditorium​
Sunday, ​September 28
​ 7:00 PM

Directions and Parking

Getting to the Baha’i Temple

Please note that the main parking lot accessed from Linden Avenue is closed due to construction. The parking lot accessed from Sheridan Road is open. For more information about parking and accessibility, please call the House of Worship’s Office of Public Safety at (847) 853-2312.

 
 

What is the Baha'i Faith?

Baha’is work to build an open community striving for spiritual and social transformation throughout the world.

The Baha’i Faith teaches that there is one God, that all humanity is one family and that there is a fundamental unity underlying religion.

Founded by Baha’u’llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha’i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world’s religions.

Learn more at Bahai.us.

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