Ending the year with prayers for peace (MULTIMEDIA)

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The Rev. Kara Hawkins, left, and the Rev. Lee Slusher (Stumbling Deer) perform a Native American purification song during the World Peace Meditation, an interfaith gathering, at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 31, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

The Rev. Kara Hawkins, left, and the Rev. Lee Slusher (Stumbling Deer) perform a Native American purification song during the World Peace Meditation, an interfaith gathering, at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 31, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) On the eve of a new year, religious leaders from different traditions shared a vision of peace.

Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, pagan and some who identify as “Spiritualists” gathered at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Mo., to pray and meditate. The event, called “World Peace Meditation,” was sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and the American Friends Service Committee.

Watch a selection of prayers in various faiths in the video or click on any image for a photo slideshow of the World Peace Meditation.

Religion News Service video by Sally Morrow

 

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  • Peace is only possible when nobody pushes religion.
    The majority of Atheists have understood this all along.

    “Hate them or you are not worthy of me.” – JESUS (Luke 14:26)
    (Nothing peaceful about that.)

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  • zah

    This is out of Biblical context. The verse is:

    “If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yes, even his own life, he is not able to be my disciple”. (Luke 14:26)(Catholic Version)

    “Hate” in contrast with the love for Jesus. Hate … “even his own life”. What means that? You can not understand this because non of atheists died for others. Just think of Jesus. Killing nobody but dying for mankind even for his persecutors.

  • Zah,

    Context only clarifies what I already quoted:
    “Hate them or you are not worthy of me” is exactly the message from Jesus!

    “No Atheists died for others.”

    Rubbish.
    Doctors Without Borders has 22,000 volunteers all around the world on any given day – most of them are French Atheists risking their lives in war zones to save others regardless of religion.

    And in any case, I’m not impressed with your story of a god who committed suicide. What would be the purpose? Of course it is fiction.

    Furthermore, a day of torture followed by a long nap in a tomb is not a sacrifice if you get to wake up two days later feeling better and living forever.
    I’ve known children with bone cancer who have been through much worse agony than anything Jesus experienced.