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.
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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.
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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.
We know that within the Divine is a deep overarching compassion.
Also, within the Divine and within us is a calm, non-reactive presence of stillness that can stay immobile in the midst of any situation. As we grow spiritually we develop more of this spiritual immobility and non-reactivity.
Join us for a workshop that explains these concepts and gives us the skills to practice this stillness in the midst of challenge.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 20900 Chenal Parkway, 72223. Cost is $35. For more information or to register, call 501.821.7773 or e-mail us.
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