Fall Contemplative Retreat

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Join us for a 1-day Contemplative Immersion at the House of Prayer

  • Workshops for beginners and experienced meditators alike
  • Facilitators trained by Contemplative Outreach, one of the leading organizations in bringing contemplative spirituality to a contemporary culture.
  • Afternoon “Special Topics” workshops
    • Centering Prayer and the 11th Step of 12 Step Recovery
    • The Welcoming Prayer: Bringing Contemplative Spirituality to Daily Living
  • Contemplative spiritual practices from the Christian tradition that are offered to enhance the spiritual lives of all people.
  • Plentiful time in silence at the House of Prayer
  • Vegetarian Lunch (vegan options available) included in cost of retreat ($75, meal and materials included).
  • Register here.

Love Thy Neighbor 2017: Building Bridges

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Please join us!

“Love Thy Neighbor: Building Bridges,” featuring musical performances, speakers from several of the world’s religions, and an Interfaith Food Festival will be held Thursday, September 7 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi Avenue in Little Rock, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The intergenerational service will last about an hour, including speakers, time for prayer and silence, musical performances from local artists, a presentation by the Multifaith Youth Group, and an interfaith chorus. The fourth annual Interfaith Food Festival will follow the service, with vegetarian dishes prepared by members of the interfaith community.

This is an all-ages event. While no childcare will be provided, children are welcome at this event.

Arkansas House of Prayer and its sister organization, The Interfaith Center, both based in Little Rock, are honored to hold this gathering, now in its sixth year.

More information at lovethyneighborlr.eventbrite.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Moving From Darkness Into Light

Love Thy Neighbor: Moving From Darkness Into Light, featuring musical performances, speakers from several of the world’s religions, and an Interfaith Food Festival will be held Thursday, September 8 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi Avenue in Little Rock, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The intergenerational service will last about an hour, including speakers, time for prayer and silence, musical performances from local artists, a presentation by the Multifaith Youth Group, and an interfaith chorus. The third annual Interfaith Food Festival will follow the service, with vegetarian dishes prepared by members of the interfaith community.

While no childcare will be provided, children are welcome at this event.

Arkansas House of Prayer and its sister organization, The Interfaith Center, both based in Little Rock, are honored to hold this gathering, now in its fifth year.

Love Thy Neighbor began as a peace-oriented service on the grounds of the House of Prayer, marking the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2011 as an opportunity to draw people together who are dedicated to peace in our community and the world.

The Interfaith Center is part of the Institute for Theological studies at St. Margaret’s, and its mission is to reduce the hatred and fear among the world religions.

Love Thy Neighbor 2015 Video

We are so excited to bring you the video of last September’s interfaith gathering, “Love Thy Neighbor: Meeting at the Well,” where people of many faiths gathered to pray, laugh, listen, sing, and eat together. The event hosted 400+ people and was followed by the 2nd annual Interfaith Food Festival that featured foods of ritual or cultural significance to the people and faiths represented at Love Thy Neighbor.

This special gathering was hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock and is co-sponsored by The Interfaith Center and Arkansas House of Prayer. We hope you enjoy the video and make plans to attend next year’s event on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Theme TBA.

SEEKING SILENCE AFTERNOON WORKSHOP

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$35 (Checks payable to Arkansas House of Prayer). For more information, contact the Rev. Cindy Fribourgh.

Sponsored by Arkansas Interfaith Center, a ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR: MEETING AT THE WELL

Thursday, September 10, 2015

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

1000 N. Mississippi Ave., Little Rock, AR

Doors open at 5:45

Event starts at 6:00.

Arkansas House of Prayer and The Interfaith Center will present “Love Thy Neighbor: Meeting at the Well,” taking place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 10, 2015, and featuring musical performances, speakers from several of the world’s religions, and an Interfaith Food Festival to follow the event.

Arkansas House of Prayer and its sister organization, The Interfaith Center, both based in Little Rock, are honored to be able to hold this gathering for the 4th year in a row. The event began as a peace-oriented service on the grounds of the House of Prayer, marking the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2011 as an opportunity to draw people together who are dedicated to peace in our community and the world. The event has grown over the years and is moving to a larger location, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (1000 N. Mississippi Ave.), for the first time this year.

The event is open to the public of all ages and free of charge. The intergenerational service will last about an hour and will feature speakers from the world religions, time for prayer and silence, musical performances from local artists and an interfaith chorus, and, for a second year in a row, an Interfaith Food Festival with vegetarian dishes prepared by members of the interfaith community. While no childcare will be provided, children are welcome at this event.

A Very Special Visit

On September 15th 2014, four women leaders from Iraq, Macedonia, Philippines and South Africa visited the Arkansas House of Prayer. These guests of Department of State were learning about and exploring best practices in peacemaking, conflict resolution, and community activism.

Rev Mary Vano gave them a tour of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church and Sophia Said took them for a tour of Arkansas House of Prayer. Later Sophia presented on the ongoing challenges between faith groups, different programs run by the Interfaith Center, and some of the peacemaking tools that are working for Arkansas communities.

Guests were policy makers from their respective countries and were inspired by the idea of an Interfaith prayer house.

3rd Annual Sept. 11 Interfaith Gathering

“Love Thy Neighbor: Letting Go of Fear”

September 11, 2014; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

20900 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72223

The Interfaith Center and Arkansas House of Prayer invite you to their 3rd annual September 11 interfaith gathering.

This year’s theme is “Love Thy Neighbor: Letting Go of Fear.” The service will bring together local interfaith leaders, members of the Interfaith Center Multi-Faith Youth Group, and representatives from several of the major world religions in a commitment to universal peace. Highlighting the event will be live musical performances from Stephanie Smittle, John Willis, Psalm 150 gospel choir and a multicultural ensemble singing prayers for peace from the major world religions. A reception featuring foods from around the world will follow.

Previous years’ events have drawn over 600 participants from area Christian congregations as well as members of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Bahai, and Unitarian Universalist communities in Central Arkansas. The purpose of the event was to create a safe space to suspend the usual debates that divide people of different religions and instead to elevate the teachings from our diverse faiths that encourage us to love beyond differences.

The gathering will take place inside St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

All are welcome.

The mission of the Interfaith Center is to reduce the hatred and fear among the world religions.

The mission of Arkansas House of Prayer is to be an interfaith haven, set apart in Nature, dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation, and quiet, where all are welcome.

Compassion In Action

A Recap of Compassion in Action

Compassion in Action

September 11, 2012

On September 11, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. the Interfaith Center hosted “Compassion in Action,” an interfaith event held on the grounds of the Arkansas House of Prayer. Over 130 people from many different religious backgrounds gathered to pray for peace and to bless the people doing interfaith work in the community. The Multi-Faith Youth Group processed into the event carrying a new interfaith prayer box to be permanently stationed at the House of Prayer. Leslie Singer of B’Nai Israel and board member of the House of Prayer welcomed the community to the event and introduced the speakers.

Siva Soora offered a Hindu prayer for Universal Peace and was followed by the Rev. Susan Sims Smith, Director of the Interfaith Center, who gave an address on the meaning of Compassion in Action and encouraged participants to continue to both deepen their commitment to their respective faiths and to engage in interfaith work as an outgrowth of that commitment (the full text of the speech can be found below). Anna Cox of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society and Compassion Works for All then called leaders in the Arkansas interfaith community to come forward for a blessing of their work.

Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, House of Prayer board member and Program Administrator for the Interfaith Center, explained the gift a new prayer box for the Arkansas House of Prayer and delivered the vision for an interfaith prayer wall where all can leave prayers and intentions to be prayed for by people in the interfaith community. The Rev. Dr. Anika Whitfield followed with a prayer of blessing over the prayer box.

The keynote address was delivered by P. Allen Smith, garden designer and author, who talked about the garden as a place for the opening of the heart and was followed by the dedication of a new maple tree by Sophia Said of the Islamic Center of Arkansas and the introduction of student representatives of the Multi-Faith Youth Group who delivered individual prayers by the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths. All participants then processed to the tree and said in unison an original prayer written by the Multi-Faith Youth Group for the event (the text of the prayer can be found below).

A reception followed offering attendees a chance to enjoy delicious food and to meet each other.

Many thanks to the Rev. Susan Sims Smith, John Willis, Terry Hornbeck, Susan Bauman, Sophia Said, Leslie Singer, the Rev. Cindy Fribourg, the Rev. Dr. Chris Keller, Rick Smith, Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, P. Allen Smith and members of the Arkansas House of Prayer Board for their help supporting, planning, and organizing the event.

“Just returned from an interfaith gathering at the Arkansas House of Prayer. Prayers for peace were offered up by Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians, including about a dozen teenagers from various traditions. I’m grateful to my friends John Willis, Sarah-Catherine Phillips Gutierrez, Susan Sims Smith and everyone who made the event possible. That it happened is even more significant than what happened, lovely as it was.”

The Rev. Scott Walters