House of Prayer users each have their own, unique experiences of visiting the House of Prayer, and their own stories to tell. We’re excited and grateful to share creative professional, father, meditator, and dog-lover Levi Agee’s below!
“I am so thankful for the Arkansas House of Prayer. I grew up very spiritual but in college, drifted away as life got busier and my environments and ambitions changed. I soon found out that I was living my life out of balance and after my daughter was born I was suddenly faced with a myriad of anxieties and worries that would manifest themselves into a crippling anxiety disorder. Over time I’ve learned that I was living my life mainly on auto-pilot, working my way through the American Dream or what I thought it was without really facing any of the discomfort or suffering in my life. Through therapy and lots of seeking I came into the practice of meditation.
Taking time out of my day to just sit with what is and not trying to fix anything has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried and the most rewarding. I try to practice sitting everyday, but it isn’t always easy. In raising an energetic four-year-old, there aren’t many opportunities for quiet reflection at home except for bedtime, but then I’m usually too tired to meditate. So having a place of quiet and serene beauty minutes from my work gives me the perfect opportunity for some solace in a busy workday as well as being easily incorporated into my daily routine. I can stop by the Arkansas House of Prayer for fifteen minutes before I head in to work or even longer on my lunch break. I was also excited to be able to apply for a key fob to have access to the House of Prayer 24/7 making it a lot easier to find some peace in a hectic schedule or if I’m feeling inspired at any hour of the day or night. I believe that you can find a practice anywhere, but there’s something about the design and purpose of the Arkansas House of Prayer that adds to the experience. The gorgeous architecture and natural surrounding landscape leave me with a feeling of awe every visit.
There’s something about being in a space with a purpose of helping people find peace and quiet that enhances my meditation in a way that being at home or in my car doesn’t do. When I first visited the House, I wanted to evangelize it to everyone, how lucky we are to have a place like this in Central Arkansas. I got some tongue-in-cheek feedback that a friend told me to keep our little secret quiet for fears that it would become overcrowded soon if everyone knew how great it was. I hope sincerely hope it does. I hope people learn of this place and come out in droves so that they have to build new and bigger ones and maybe instead of seeing a bank on every corner we start seeing prayer houses just like the Arkansas House of Prayer.”
Join Rev. Lowell Grisham (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, AR) and Dr. Nick Cole (Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.) in this one-day immersion into Centering Prayer, which many practice as a form of meditation and as preparation for contemplative prayer. Both Rev. Grisham and Dr. Cole have years of experience practicing as well as guiding others through this practice of consenting to Divine presence and action within.
Centering Prayer, while having its roots in the contemplative branch of Christianity, is open to persons of all faiths and philosophical backgrounds. We are honored to welcome our facilitators back again for this year’s fall retreat.
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.
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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.