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How an Arkansas priest wound up planning an interfaith prayer house in Mongolia with a Tibetan oracle – Episcopal News Service

The Rev. Susan Sims Smith during a trip to Mongolia in 2017. Photo: Amy Carper

[Episcopal News Service] It might seem far-fetched for an Episcopal priest from Little Rock, Arkansas, to be working on an interfaith prayer house in Mongolia, a mostly Buddhist country between Russia and China. But for the Rev. Susan Sims Smith, it’s just the latest stage of her longtime dedication to fostering interfaith connections.

The project – which is still in its initial stages and has been delayed by COVID-19 – is a collaboration with one of the exiled Tibetan government’s top Buddhist advisors. It draws on Sims Smith’s experience creating the Arkansas House of Prayer – “an interfaith haven for silent prayer and meditation” in the woods on the outskirts of Little Rock.

The Arkansas House of Prayer. Courtesy photo

Sims Smith’s wide-ranging spiritual journey has taken her to India – where she has learned from a spiritual teacher…

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