37th Annual World Peace Meditation

Date(s) - 12/31/2022
6:00 am - 7:00 am

St. Marks Hope and Peace Lutheran Church


The Rime Buddhist Center will host the 37th Annual World Peace Meditation, an interfaith gathering on December 31, at 6:00 a.m. (*please arrive by 5:30 a.m.). The program will consist of religious observances from various cultures and faith traditions including Native American smudging, Tibetan Buddhist chanting and meditation, Christian prayer, devotional music, and the Muslim “call to prayer.”

The event will be in-person at St. Marks Hope and Peace Lutheran Church. This event is open to everyone.

Members of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council will offer a prayer for peace from each of their faith traditions. A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Bodhisattva Award.

The Keynote address will be given by Rev. Donna Simon. Pastor Donna Simon is a Midwesterner by birth (and temperament), though she has spent much of her life on the West Coast. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University (English Literature) and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Pastor Donna was called into the ministry from a volunteer position as church youth director at Messiah Lutheran Church, Redwood City, California. While attending seminary, she came out as a lesbian. Because the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America did not allow the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates, she joined the roster of Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministries, now known as Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. In 2016, she earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Seminar in St. Paul, Minnesota.