Love Thy Neighbor 2020

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR 2020 was virtual this year which means you can watch it any time!

Our theme this year was REBUILDING HOPE. It was originally broadcast on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 6 pm CDT.  Watch it here:

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The service featured music, prayers and remarks from several faith leaders who shared their thoughts on “Hope” at this time when our hope is being greatly challenged by world events.  Our featured speakers included:

The Most Rev. Michael Curry ((New York, NY): Bishop Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, immigration policy and marriage equality throughout his ministry. Bishop Curry has authored five books, including: Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times (2020); The Power of Love (2018); Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings in a Changing World (2017); Songs My Grandma Sang (2015); and Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus (2013).

MarQuis Hunt (Little Rock, Arkansas): An award-winning Jazz musician, MarQuis is also a writer, poet, pastor, speaker, personal success coach, and a founding partner of Group 622, a business incubation consultancy. MarQuis is active in the Christian community and as a community organizer.

Rabbi Hara Person (New York, NY): Rabbi Person is the Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Reform Rabbinic leadership organization. Previously, she was the Editor-in-Chief of URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) Books and Music, where she was responsible for the revision of The Torah: A Modern Commentary (2005) and the publication of many significant projects.  Rabbi Person was also the Managing Editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, named the National Jewish Book Award Book of the Year in 2008.

Shaykh Didmar Faja (Phoenix, Arizona): Shaykh Faja is the Imam of the United Islamic Center of Arizona. Born in Albania, he was educated in Albania, Turkey, and the United States. Shaykh Faja is the founder of an Islamic school in Phoenix and is the founder and director of two Islamiic Centers in Mexico. He is a religious and spiritual advisor for Naqshbandiyya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) where he delivers a monthly address on topics relating to Islamic spirituality and an instructor at Madina Institute USA in Atlanta, GA.  Shaykh Faja is a prolific public speaker, active in the interfaith community, and an author.

Shabari Ursula Honegger (Zurich, Switzerland): Ursula Honegger is the President of the Datta Kriya Yoga Center of Switzerland, an organization that works to build bridges between cultures and their spiritual traditions as well as supporting humanitarian work in India. Shabari Honegger is a devotee of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, and a teacher of Datta Kriya Yoga, a specific method of breathing exercises, meditation and the practice of silence developed by Sri Swamijii.

The Love Thy Neighbor Food Festival was also virtual:

https://www.theinterfaithcenter.org/virtual-food-festival

The friendships we develop with our neighbors of different faiths and cultures are enhanced by celebrating our food traditions with delicious vegetarian dishes prepared by volunteer members of the interfaith community. The link above will take you to recipes for you and your family to try out at home along with YouTube videos providing step by step instructions. Click the pictures to try them out.  Happy cooking!

This annual interfaith prayer service is sponsored by Arkansas House of Prayer and The Interfaith Center.