News & Events

Singing Our Journeys: African American Spirituals & Chants That Quiet the Mind

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.

To register click here

The Book Of Love Tour with Shaykh Dr. 

On Friday, September 6, Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy will be speaking about his latest publication “The Book of Love” at 7:45 pm at the Madina Institute. Reception and book copies will be available at 7 pm. 
He will be reading selections from the book on Friday at Madina Institute. Copies of book will be available for purchase and food will be served.

For more information about this program, please email Admin@madinainstitute.us

Friendship Camp 2019 June 10-17, 2019

Friendship Camp is a special week that offers kids how to express and talk about their faith, express their creativity, and be a friend to all. We hope that you will join us for this impactful and wonderful week! Only a few spots are available, so be sure to register today!

Camper Application:
https://goo.gl/forms/EPG1siVzKTmveWrE3

Communities Against Hate Crimes Training Workshop | May 21, 2019

Friendship Camp is a special week that offers kids how to express and talk about their faith, express their creativity, and be a friend to all. We hope that you will join us for this impactful and wonderful week! Only a few spots are available, so be sure to register today!

Camper Application:
https://goo.gl/forms/EPG1siVzKTmveWrE3

Peace Across Faiths 2020: Picnic & Interfaith Service

Join us on Sunday, September 20, from 5-7PM at Allsopp Park in celebrating peace from different faiths and non-faith perspectives. We will pray together, share a meal together, and kickoff Arkansas Peace Week together!

Prior to the program, there will be a "Bring Your Own" meal picnic. Please bring your blanket or lawn chairs as we spread out on the grounds to ensure social distancing. Ice cream and bottled water will be provided to our guest. Highlight of the event will be our guest speakers who will share their thoughts on “Shaping Peace Together”, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace. 

 

Please RSVP if attending in person to: teroosth@gmail.com. For people not able to attend in person, see event live streamed starting at 5:45 pm

The event will be planned with COVID-19 safety protocols.

 

For more information click here

Special LTN 2020 Speaker: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Exciting news! Our final speaker for this year’s Love Thy Neighbor service will be The Most Rev. Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality. Presiding Bishop Curry maintains a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at churches, cathedrals, and conferences around the country and internationally.

He has authored four books: 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). He was one of the subjects of In Conversation: Michael Curry and Barbara Harris by Fredrica Harris Thompsett (2017).

To watch the live stream on our Interfaith Center YouTube page click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/theinterfaithcenter

Love Thy Neighbor 2020

The theme for this year's Love Thy Neighbor service is "Rebuilding Hope." Although we cannot come together during this difficult time, we look forward to listening to wonderful speakers, making a joyful noise with incredible musicians, and learning to rely on and love our neighbors.

This year we will have special guests from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist religions joining us from all around the world. We hope you will join us at our YouTube channel and learn how the scriptures and traditions from world religions help us rebuild hope at this time when our hope is being greatly challenged by world events.

For more information click here

Virtual Friendship Camp 2020

Although COVID-19 has prevented us from hosting our traditional Interfaith Friendship Camp, we are excited to announce the dates of our VIRTUAL Friendship Camp experience later this summer. We hope you will join us for this online weekend of faith, friendship and fun!

The dates are Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, 2020

This year's theme is based around "secret agents" and those people who changed the world behind the scenes! This year is special because the whole family gets to participate in a scavenger hunt that they can do at their own pace!

Friendship Camp is traditionally for incoming 3rd through 6th grade students, but this year we are encouraging younger and older siblings, as well as parents, to participate in the online experience, too!

Click here to register for the camp: https://bit.ly/3daUfJo

Interfaith Explorations: Nine Forms of Religious Experience

Wednesday, June 17, we will have our last class of spring session. Join us for an important discussion on RACE from the perspectives of Abrahamic faiths with Rev. Anika Whitfield, Mohammed Nawaz and Prof. Phillip Spivey.

 

We will learn what our religions say about racial justice and what we can do as people of faith. Email us at: theinterfaithcenter@gmail.com to get joining instructions for class.

Experiencing Silence: Deepen God's Love

The Interfaith Center and Arkansas House of Prayer are sponsoring an interfaith webinar: Experiencing Silence on Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM CST.

During the live webinar, Sophia Said and Rev. Susan Sims Smith will teach about Silence as means to deepen God’s love, learn God’s wisdom, and receive God’s guidance.

Material taught will be applicable to all faith traditions. Register for the workshop at www.tinyurl.com/ifc-silence

Spirituality in the Time Of Crisis

Join us to examine both challenges and opportunities posed by COVID19 from faith and interfaith perspectives. The live webinar will feature a coalition of interfaith leaders who bring diverse kinds of knowledge and expertise. 2 pm, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The webinar will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/theinterfaithcenter

 

We will be taking questions and comments! Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to join the conversation.

Black Lives Matter

It has been our mission since becoming an organization in 2011 to reduce the hatred and fear not only among the world's religions, but with also people of color. Our work starts with having important conversations within our own households and communities, to engage in critical self-reflection and work towards betterment of the larger community.

 

Black Lives Matter and as Americans, we must do better at combating and undoing the impact of institutionalized racism in our communities.

Click here to see our full statement provided by our Executive Director Sophia Said.

FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

Sophia Said, chairwoman of the Madina Institute and Mosque and executive director of the Interfaith Center of Arkansas, received the FBI Director's 2019 Community Leadership Award. The award was founded in 1990 to honor individuals and organizations for fighting crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in the United States

For the full article, please click here

Life During & After the Pandemic

Along with all the other challenges posed by CoronaVirus to American life, this outbreak has also disrupted our religious practices. Many places of worship have closed their doors as part of the nationwide push to slow the spread of disease by minimizing social contact- a very difficult decision for those who rely on their religious communities for comfort and support during challenging times.

 

This coming Wednesday, April 8 at 12 Noon, Dr. Jay McDaniel will speak with the leaders from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith communities in Central Arkansas about how CoronaVirus has impacted their faith and worship services. What is the role of God in all this. What are they doing to cope and help their congregants through this pandemic.

Sophia’s Story – Lahore, Pakistan to Little Rock, Arkansas

Thank you, “Finding American: Stories of Immigration” for your story on our Executive Director Sophia Said and all of the amazing work you do in helping people share their stories of immigration into the United States.Sophia was also chosen to be featured in their upcoming book "Finding American". To read the full article click here.

 

To receive updates on the book release and exhibition of “Finding American: Stories of Immigration from all 50 States” please subscribe here.

Cousins on a Journey: Exploring the Abrahamic Faiths

Led by Dr. Jay McDaniel, Professor Emeritus from Hendrix College, the series aims to foster an informed appreciation of each religion. Each religion is discussed in three sessions. The first session introduces the religion and the remaining two focus on that religion in America, its spiritual side, and the current challenges faced by that religion. The classes meet twice a month starting on January 15 on Wednesdays. To RSVP, email admin@madinainstitute.us.

Classes are held at Madina Institute.

Community Leadership Award Recipient: Sophia Said

On 12/5/2019, Madina Institute’s Chairwoman and Interfaith Center’s Executive Director Sophia Said was announced as the State of Arkansas’ FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award Recipient.

This award is presented to one individual or organization that has worked as a community partner raising awareness and information in the community and working hard to keep our communities safe.

To read more, click here

Poetry, Silence & Reflection

Join Rev. Susan Sims Smith and Sophia Said as they take us on the ancient journey of mystical love - from separation to union, from our own selves to a state of oneness with God - expressed through the wonders and beauty of poetry by the Mystics of the East and the West.

Wednesday December 4, 6pm – 7:30pm, in the Parlor at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church (4823 Woodlawn Dr.)

Exploring World's Religions Course

Study of the world's religions is uniquely enriching and inculcates cultural sensitivities among students. We hope you will benefit from this exploratory course with Dr. Jay McDaniel who will lead an open-minded discussion of several key ideas from major faith traditions. Dr. Jay McDaniel is a philosopher, theologian, professor emeritus of religion and theology at Hendrix College, and an author of numerous books.

Classes are free but registration is required to reserve a spot.

Every Wednesday 12-1 PM from Oct 9 till Nov 20.

Deeper into Silence Workshop

Learn how to take your meditation practice to the next level and how to keep your mind more silent during the day in this three hour workshop with the Rev. Susan Sims Smith who was a Jungian oriented psychotherapist a long term practitioner of meditation.

This workshop is open and relevant to people of all faiths. Sunday, October 13 from 1-4 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. 

Honoring Our Neighbors' Faith

Honoring Our Neighbors’ Faith at Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock: a series of classes exploring four major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism - and comparing the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. The goal is to build bridges of understanding so that we might grow in our faith, seek peace in our world, and live faithfully with our neighbors.

Rev. Steve Hancock will kick off the series Sunday with speakers from each of the other four major religions.
Mohammed Nawaz of Madina Institute Arkansas USA and Sophia Said

Turkish Food Festival

The Festival includes the great Mediterranean and Central Asian Cuisines that are known to be very rich and have many unique tastes. Some of the dishes that will be served are kebabs, gyros, lahmajoon, salads and vegetarian dishes, a rich variety of desserts, pastries, appetizers and many more. ALL HOME MADE, FRESH and HEALTHY, not purchased in bulk from food providers.

 


Besides the delicious food, you will find handmade gifts & souvenirs for your loved ones. You will also see artists at work while they are handcrafting calligraphy and tile painting.
There will be live music and performances all day long.

Open Door Community Church's Fall Conference

Open Door Community Church (ODCC) serves the Little Rock Metro and Central Arkansas area. ODCC welcomes ALL and ALL includes Gods' GLBT children. Some have Called it a Grace Place.

Arkansas Peace Week

Arkansas Peace Week is conducted by a coalition of local, national and international organizations, faith groups and individuals with a mission to promote peace and instill justice, end war, alleviate poverty, protect planet earth and eliminate the scourge of violence in our communities.

Peace Across Faiths

All are welcome to join us for our annual Love Thy Neighbor event on September 5th hosted at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

 

The evening will be filled with speakers from different faiths, time for prayer and silence, and musical performances. This year's special guests are Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, and the River City Men's Chorus.

The event is FREE and all are welcome to join us for 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.

To register click here.

Love Thy Neighbor: Sound & Spirit

All are welcome to join us for our annual Love Thy Neighbor event on September 5th hosted at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

 

The evening will be filled with speakers from different faiths, time for prayer and silence, and musical performances. This year's special guests are Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, and the River City Men's Chorus.

The event is FREE and all are welcome to join us for 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.

To register click here.

Singing Our Journeys: African American Spirituals & Chants That Quiet the Mind

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.

To register click here

The Book Of Love Tour with Shaykh Dr. 

On Friday, September 6, Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy will be speaking about his latest publication “The Book of Love” at 7:45 pm at the Madina Institute. Reception and book copies will be available at 7 pm. 
He will be reading selections from the book on Friday at Madina Institute. Copies of book will be available for purchase and food will be served.

For more information about this program, please email Admin@madinainstitute.us

Friendship Camp 2019 June 10-17, 2019

Friendship Camp is a special week that offers kids how to express and talk about their faith, express their creativity, and be a friend to all. We hope that you will join us for this impactful and wonderful week! Only a few spots are available, so be sure to register today!

Camper Application:
https://goo.gl/forms/EPG1siVzKTmveWrE3

Communities Against Hate Crimes Training Workshop | May 21, 2019

If you are in a leadership position in a faith group or religious organization and would like to be better prepared to protect yourself and your community against any such threats, THIS IS THE WORKSHOP FOR YOU! Trained agents from Federal Bureau of Investigation will educate you on how to protect your community against hate crimes, terrorism and active shooter situations.