Love Thy Neighbor: Pathways to Practice: Online Only
Please join us for our annual interfaith prayer service, Love Thy Neighbor: Pathways to Practice, a celebration of peace through music, prayer, and wisdom. The theme for this year’s service is “Love Thy Neighbor: Pathways to The Practice.” We will have special guests from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions joining us.
Although we cannot come together in person during this difficult time, we look forward to listening to wonderful speakers, sacred sounds, healing music, as we learn to strengthen our love muscle to unconditionally love all our neighbors.
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:
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!
Join us Thursday, September 5 for Love Thy Neighbor 2019. This is an Interfaith Celebration of Peace through music, prayer and wisdom with special guests Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell and River City Men’s Chorus.
The event is FREE and starts at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi, Little Rock and is followed by the Interfaith Food Festival.
This annual event is sponsored by the Arkansas House of Prayer and the Interfaith Center. For more information click here
All are welcome! Hope to see you there!
Questions? Contact Sophia Said, Executive Director, Interfaith Center 801-520-1565.
We may vote differently. We may pray differently. But as people of faith, we can be united for the good of our nation and community. Please come by the Arkansas House of Prayer on Election Day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – before your vote, or after – and help us support our community with an all-day silent prayer vigil. As always, the House of Prayer is an interfaith haven set apart in nature, dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation, and quiet. All are welcome.
Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday September 6 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the 7th Annual Love Thy Neighbor Event!
The service will last about an hour and includes speakers from different faiths, time for prayer and silence, musical performances from local artists, an interfaith children’s chorus, and a presentation by the Multifaith Youth Group.
Stick around after the program; we’ll feed you! The Interfaith Food Festival will feature vegetarian dishes and food from several faith communities. Although no childcare will be provided, children are welcome at this event.
Invite friends and share online. Please share on Facebook or other social media using the tag #lovethyneighbor2018.
The event is FREE and all are welcome!
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 seventh 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, 2001 as an opportunity to draw people together who are dedicated to peace in our community and the world.
Located in West Little Rock on the campus of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Arkansas House of Prayer is set apart in Nature, dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation, and quiet, where all are welcome (arkansashouseofprayer.org).
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 (interfaith.itssm.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.