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Chicago's faith leaders called to shine light in troubled communities

The Rev. B. Herbert Martin told interfaith leaders gathered at Holy Name Cathedral Dec. 8, "I believe we can heal the heart of the city of Chicago." He made the remarks at an interfaith prayer service planned after a year of increased murders in the city of Chicago and held in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice announcing a probe into the use of force and accountability in the Chicago Police Department. Referencing the spiritual "This Little Light of Mine" and waving a flashlight, Martin called on the "people of the light" to "shine this little light of mine" on the West Side, the South Side, in the Loop, the Gold Coast and all Chicago neighborhoods.

Baha'i organization buys three houses near Wilmette temple

The national Baha'i organization paid more than $1.4 million for a house across Linden Street from its landmark Wilmette temple, its third purchase of a home in the neighborhood in 15 months.

The church has spent a little more than $4 million on the three houses, which are not all next to one another. It plans to use to them as rentals, said Glenn Fullmer, director of communications at the Baha'i National Center in Evanston.

Baha'is Dedicate New Welcome Center at America's Only Baha'i House of Worship

A Welcome Center at Chicago’s Bahai Temple has just opened. The temple itself is considered one of Illinois’ “Seven wonders,” according to the state tourism office. It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In Wilmette, a subdivision of Chicago, the Baha’i house of worship has built a beautiful, architecturally stunning welcome center. There were prayers and choir music for the dedication this past Sunday, May 3. The temple itself was designed by Louis Bourgeois, and features a lovely dome on top with carvings and inscriptions worked all around and on top of it. On the ground, you can see lush gardens and pouring fountains. The house has been the sole Baha’i worhip house in America since 1953 and the welcome center is their first major addition to the building.

Palatine resident celebrates ancestor's contribution to Baha'i temple

Palatine's Barbara Tobin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wilmette's Baha'i House of Worship. This national landmark and center of the Baha'i Faith in North America is commemorating its centennial with yearlong events. Tobin recalls how her great-grandmother, Esther (Nettie) Tobin, got the heavy, rough, limestone cornerstone of the temple from a Chicago Loop construction site and carried it to Wilmette via trolley, a child's wagon, and even on the shoulder of a friend for a short distance. "My great-grandmother was one of the earliest members of the Baha'i Faith in North America," explained Tobin.

DuPage County Fair July 22 - 27, 2015

To: Our Beloved Co-workers:

"Now is not the moment for any soul to linger upon the bank - let all lend themselves to the onward surge." Universal House of Justice Ridvan 2015

Your assistance is requested in proclaiming the name of Baha'u'llah to tens of thousands of visitors at the 2015 DuPage County Fair. Please, consult within your community to raise at least one team of two to four Baha'is who will accept the challenge of greeting our visitors at the Baha'i booth. While everyone is welcome to participate, you are encouraged to form a team that reflects the diversity of our community. Speakers of any language could be especially useful to greet international visitors.

19th Annual Ayyám-í-Há Party in Hinsdale

Tonight's Ayyám-í-Há Party was held at the Hinsdale Community Center and was well attended with over 200 people present. Though the evening was cold, the fellowship made the for a warm and friendly atmosphere. The festivities started off with a potluck dinner but there was no luck involved as the food was varied and delicious. There were many varieties of persian rice, fried chicken, salads, pizza, meatballs, vegetarian and many other varieties for one's pallet to try out. After dinner there was a program with prayers and devotions and a short talk about the significance of Ayyám-í-Há.


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