The Interfaith Center and the Arkansas House of Prayer invite you to “Compassion in Action.” The event will be held on September 11, 2012 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Arkansas House of Prayer and will bring together the Multi Faith Youth Group, local interfaith leaders, and representatives from each of the major world religions in a commitment to universal peace.
We will plant a large maple tree for the garden of the House of Prayer, dedicate a new prayer box, and offer prayers for our local community’s interfaith leaders.
The keynote speaker for the event will be P. Allen Smith, garden designer and author.
The Multi Faith Youth Group will offer prayers from each of their respective faith traditions as well as an original interfaith prayer.
A reception in the gardens will follow. The Arkansas House of Prayer will be open to visitors. All are welcome.
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Join us for a landmark event, as representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist faiths teach how their respective religions engage in silent, contemplative prayer.
The workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. and is designed for people of all stages of experience in meditative prayer. The cost is $25. Specific contemplative prayer techniques will be taught, and there will be two opportunities to practice contemplative prayer in the Arkansas House of Prayer.
For people further in their meditation journey, the Rev. Susan Sims Smith will offer a dinner and new teaching to deepen the journey from 6:30 p.m.— 8:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for dinner and the evening class, or $15 for participants in the Interfaith Prayer Workshop.
Workshop and Dinner is held on Sunday, January 15, 2012
1:00 pm—5:00 pm
Workshop cost – $25
Dinner and Deepening work for Experienced Meditators
6:30 pm—8:30 pm
Dinner cost – $20
Both are held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
20900 Chenal Parkway
Little Rock, Arkansas
Call 602-570-4226 or email Sarah Catherine Phillips.
Sponsored by Arkansas House of Prayer, the Interfaith Center of the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s (ITSSM) and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
Rabbi Eugene Levy, Ret., “Preparing to Pray from the Jewish tradition” Rabbi Levy recently retired in October after serving as Rabbi of Congregation B’Nai Israel since 1987. He has had a dedicated career in interfaith efforts, including serving as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Arkansas Interfaith Conference in 1989 and co-founding the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance.
Sophia Said, Senior Policy Analyst of Ingenuity Outcomes, “Dhikr—a Sufi Muslim’s way to meditate” Sophia Said is a native of Pakistan and moved to the United States where she received a degree in development economics from the University of Utah and a graduate degree from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock Arkansas. Mrs. Said works with the Little Rock Muslim community in their outreach efforts and is deeply committed to promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding among various faith groups in Arkansas.
Anna Cox, Coordinator, Compassion Works For All, “Meditation from the Buddhist Perspective.” After being a psychotherapist and student of Buddhism since the early 1970s, she is now very focused on the work of Compassion Works for All which teaches compassion to everyone, everywhere, but most particularly to those in prison. She also leads Buddhist prayers and practices at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society in Little Rock.
The Rev. Susan Sims Smith, Director, Interfaith Center, “Centering Prayer” The Rev. Susan Sims Smith was a Jungian oriented psychotherapist for 25 years. She has been an Episcopal priest for 11 years. She started Seedwork (www.seedwork.org), a project to teach people how to listen to wisdom from their dreams and from meditation. She spearheaded the foundation of the Arkansas House of Prayer, an interfaith center for prayer and meditation.