Love Thy Neighbor 2020

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR 2020 is virtual!

Our theme this year is REBUILDING HOPE.

Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 6 pm CDT.

Join us at our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/theinterfaithcenter

The service will feature music, prayers and remarks from several faith leaders who will share their thoughts on “Hope” at this time when our hope is being greatly challenged by world events.

Love Thy Neighbor Virtual Food Festival:

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

Please join us for the 7th annual Food Festival – the dinner celebration immediately following Love thy Neighbor.  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. Listed below are recipes for you and your family to try out at home along with YouTube videos providing step by step instructions. Click the picture and happy cooking!

Featured speakers:

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.

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

Videos to support your practice

Meditation can be a bit overwhelming for many beginners while seasoned practitioners sometimes find they need to refresh their meditation practice. The above video was created by our founder Rev. Susan Sims Smith. It was created for youth but is applicable to anyone who wants to learn to meditate and/or needs some reminders.

Deeper Into Silence

Deeper Into Silence with Rev. Susan Sims Smith

Join us on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (20900 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72223).  This 3 hour workshop is designed to help move your meditation practice to the next level. Time will be spent in the House of Prayer, walking prayer path and labyrinth.  Taught by The Rev. Susan Sims Smith, an Episcopal priest, long term practitioner of meditation and dream work.

Tickets are $20. Click here to purchase tickets.

If you have any questions or wish to pay by check, please contact  Rev. Stephanie Fox at arkansashouseofprayer@gmail.com or 501-681-3934.  Workshop is open and relevant to people of all faiths and sponsored by Arkansas house of Prayer and The Interfaith Center.

Love Thy Neighbor 2019

September 5, 2019 6:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi, Little Rock


Please watch this video to get a sense of the joy and fellowship in this celebration.

Then join us for an Interfaith Celebration of Peace through music, pray 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 or visit: lovethyneighbor2019.eventbrite.com

All are welcome! Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Sophia Said, Executive Director,
Interfaith Center 801-520-1565


Singing Our Journeys

African American Spirituals and Chants that Quiet the Mind
With Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell and Rev. Susan Sims Smith
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Click HERE for tickets and additional information

There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a vocal community at its best.

In this workshop, masterfully led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants, and traditional songs from Africa and the Civil Rights Movement. The historical, social, and political context will provide an introduction to the songs.

All that is required is a willingness to sing.

Following Dr. Barnwell, The Rev. Susan Sims Smith, founder of The Interfaith Center and Arkansas House of Prayer, will lead participants in learning chants to help quiet the mind for meditation. She will also prepare them for an experience of silence in the House of Prayer.

Please click HERE to register. Lunch and snacks will be provided and are included in registration fee.

* Adult Ticket $45
* Student and Youth Ticket (age 13 and above) $20

For any question or more information, please contact Sophia Said, the Executive Director of The Interfaith Center or call her at 1 (801) 520-1565

For questions about ticket sales or to pay in advance by check, please contact Rev. Stephanie Fox, Associate Director of the Arkansas House of Prayer or call her at 501-681-3934.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Stephanie Fox or Sophia Said for scholarship information.

Love Thy Neighbor 2019 Sound and Spirit

Save the Date! September 5, 2019

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.  

Walking the Sacred Path

Join us Sunday, May 5 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of walking mediation sponsored by the Arkansas House of Prayer. This is an Interfaith event including presentations of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian practices. The workshop will be held in the upper level Parish Hall of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to the Arkansas House of Prayer. Click here for tickets or contact Stephanie Fox at 501-681-3934 for more information.

Centering Prayer/Meditation Retreat Saturday March 16

Centering Prayer/Meditation Retreat Offered
Nick Cole is leading a Centering Prayer/Meditation Retreat on Saturday March 16 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  The cost is $50. Vegetarian lunch is provided. Payments may be made by check payable to The Arkansas House of Prayer or through PayPal.  Advance registration is required.  People of all faiths are welcome. Scholarships are available. Click here  for registration, tickets, and additional information, or contact Stephanie Fox.

Nick Cole has been practicing centering prayer since May, 1990, when he attended his first ten day retreat at Snowmass, Colorado. He has taught centering prayer and led retreats in Colorado and Arkansas since that time. Nick is a retired physician and lives with his wife Carolyn, in Rogers, Arkansas, and Carbondale, Colorado.