38th Annual World Peace Meditation

Date(s) - 12/31/2023
6:00 am - 7:00 am

St. Marks Hope and Peace Lutheran Church


The Rime Buddhist Center will host the 38th 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, Sufi whirling, devotional music, and the Muslim “call to prayer.” Members of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council will offer a prayer for peace from each of their faith traditions.

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

Bodhisattva Award Winner

A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Bodhisattva Award to Judy Ancel. She is a labor educator, recently retired from UMKC, and prides herself on teaching people to question authority, especially at work and stand up for their rights. Judy is also active in Missouri Jobs with Justice and the Cross Border Network. Judy Ancel also produces the Heartland Labor Forum on KKFI radio.

Keynote Address

The Keynote address will be given by Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Love Sr. Rev. Love is the Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Olathe, KS. Rev. Dr. Love is the Associate Dean and Professor of the Western Baptist Bible College-Olathe Campus. He is a licensed Pastoral Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association and provides Christian Counseling services to the community. He and his wife are certified by the Step Family Foundation Inc. of New York as Counselor and Coach respectively. As a result of their own personal journey they have launched “Step with Love Ministries”. This ministry is specifically designed to strengthen couples and families dealing with step family relationships. Through the inspiring messages and the willingness to be open with the perils of being a step family, The Love’s are in demand throughout the nation to be keynote speakers, workshop facilitators and seminar presenters as subject matter experts on the dynamics of living in “step”.

He is the recipient of MidAmerica Nazarene University”s Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award, the recipient of the Olathe Community Leadership Award, as well as The Olathe Human Relations Diversity Award. Rev. Dr. Love is committed to seeing and promoting effective change within our community. To that end he continues to provide leadership to a number of civic boards, task force committees and organizations. He is on the Executive National Leadership Team of the African American Leadership Commission, and Co-Chair of the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (More2) for the state of Kansas. He has served Three Kansas Governors in Congressional District 3 for the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Locally, he serves the Olathe Community as a member of the Olathe Medical Center Community Advisory Committee and the Johnson County NAACP.