Devotional gatherings take place in many neighborhoods throughout the Fox Valley. To find one near you please check the Calendar or Contact Us and we can let you know the location and dates of a devotional gathering closest to you.
The Bahá’í teachifngs prescribe daily prayer and intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement and service to humanity.
In addition to practicing private prayer and meditation, Bahá’ís gather in their homes and communities for collective worship. Devotional gatherings are scheduled regularly to share a devotional spirit of joy, love and fellowship.
Readings are taken from the Bahá’í writings and the scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. Participants are encouraged to bring their prayer books or favorite passages from the scriptures to share. These gatherings often offer prayers for healing or assistance to those in need.
Musical selections are diverse, coming from a variety of cultures and styles. There is no established ritual and no solicitation of funds. Light refreshments are often served.
Study Circles for Adults
To find a study circle near you, please fill out the Contact Us form and we will let you know when our next classes are forming.
Study circles are not restricted to Bahá’ís; anyone may attend.
Study circles are regular gatherings of people interested in an in-depth and systematic study of the Bahá’í Writings. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the Holy Word, to comprehend its meanings and to find ways to apply the Word to our lives through spiritual transformation and service to humanity. The frequency and duration of each study circle are set by the group, and a facilitator serves to maintain the focus and pace. Every participant in the group also makes a commitment to action or service.
Classes for Children and Youth
The Bahá’í of the Fox Valley are dedicated to fostering the moral and spiritual development of children and youth in the area through a series of regular classes, whose locations and times fit the needs of local families.
The children’s classes encourage children to recognize their own nobility and the inherent nobility of their classmates. The children acquire knowledge and spiritual capacities which they can integrate into their everyday lives.
Youth are encouraged to develop a strong sense of purpose, empowering their own transformation and leading them to contribute to the advancement of society. Young people’s spiritual capacity, the basis for their own happiness and sense of well-being, is a powerful force for social change.
Building Vibrant Communities
The Bahá’í and those laboring alongside them are offering programs for children, youth and adults that foster the prosperity of all, recognizing that the welfare of individuals rests in the welfare of society at large.
Bahá’í are focused on transcending differences, harmonizing perspectives, and promoting the use of consultation for making decisions. They emphasize qualities and attitudes—such as trustworthiness, cooperation, and forbearance—that are building blocks of a stable social order. They champion rationality and science as essential for human progress.
Use our contact form to request remote learning. Many Bahá’í activities, including Adult Study Circles and Devotional Gatherings can be joined using a zoom or telephone option.
What is the Bahá’í Faith?
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than seven million adherents in 236 countries and territories.
Bahá’ís come from nearly every national, ethnic and religious background, making the Bahá’í Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world.
What do Bahá’ís Believe?
Bahá’ís view the world’s major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity.
Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, is recognized as the most recent in a line of Divine Messengers that stretches back beyond recorded time and includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for humanity’s unification into one global society.
While reaffirming the core ethical principles common to all religions, Bahá’u’lláh also revealed new laws and teachings to lay the foundations of a global civilization. “A new life,” Bahá’u’lláh declared, “is, in this age, stirring within all the peoples of the earth.”
How do I find a local community?
Reach out via our contact page. You may call one of the local communities directly (be sure to leave a message) or use our contact form for an email reply
How do I request more information?
Let us know how we can help you. We welcome your questions, comments, ideas and suggestions.
You may call the national number 1-800-22-UNITE to receive pamphlets and information about the Bahá’í Faith and to talk to someone with your questions. You can reach us directly via our contact page by voice or email (Be sure to leave a message.)