Arkansas House of Prayer, the First 10 Years, by the Numbers

 

When speaking of spiritual matters, like prayer and meditation, we tend to speak qualitatively rather than quantitatively. We talk about the experience, how we felt, how we’ve changed, our “Aha!” moments and our mysteries. In a contemplative context, many of us would prefer our silences not be measured; we would rather gently ease into the timeless world of the sacred for a few moments before being summoned back to daily reality.

 

As we look back over ten years’ worth of these sacred moments, we are nevertheless awed and humbled by a few figures that stand out. The numbers below help illustrate how our mission to be an interfaith haven “dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation, and quiet, where all are welcome” is being realized as we step into the next decade of this ministry. We hope that these figures below give witness to all of the lives that were enriched, hearts that were unburdened, minds that were stilled, and souls that were nurtured in the first ten years at Arkansas House of Prayer.

 

  • 14,000 Visitors
  • 23% increase in visitors since January 2015
  • 500 key fobs in use
  • Visits from 3 World Faith Leaders:
    • Hindu — Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore
    • Buddhist — The State Oracle of Tibet, The Venerable Thubten Ngodup, known as “Kuten-la”
    • Christian — The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, 26th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church
  • 20 retreats, seminars, and workshops for people of all faiths to deepen their spiritual lives
  • A core group of about 20 dedicated, regular volunteers
  • 6 annual “Love Thy Neighbor” interfaith peace events co-sponsored with the Interfaith Center of the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s.
  • Many generous donations annually that keep the doors of the House of Prayer open and operating and welcoming.
  • Thousands of prayers
  • Countless bursts of insight and inspiration
  • Innumerable golden moments of silence