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Praying

What's Wrong With Our Prayers? Here's What's Wrong...

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

What's wrong with our prayers? Here's what's wrong... what we often call prayer isn't prayer at all.

To Pray or Not to Pray: Is That the Question?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

To those in the minority, the exact group the separation of church and state was meant to protect, being required by our government to be subject to prayers to a God and faith in which they don't believe will never just feel ceremonial. Never.

The Dwelling of God in a Mother's Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Catherine Nagle

For some of us, the more mature we become, the more we are able to see the perfection of our mother's love. But our mom was out of the ordinary. Not just because she was ours, but because she overcame all the odds against her.

A Mantis Walks into a Bar

Mr. Fish | Posted 06.08.2014 | Comedy
Mr. Fish

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A Year Without God? Affirming Atheism, Praying Anyway

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Whatever "God" may or may not be, I can't help but believe that faith in humanity alone is no better alternative. If God seems to fail at perfect goodness and power in light of human suffering and tragedy, so too does humanity.

The Greatest Lesson Oprah Ever Learned About Saying Thank You

OWN | Posted 11.01.2013 | OWN

"Thank you." They're just two small words, but Oprah says she believes there is no better way to create abundance in your life than through being than...

Lawmaker: 'If You Are A Non-Believer, Don't Ask For Time To Pray'

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

PHOENIX -- An atheist lawmaker's decision to give the daily prayer at the Arizona House of Representatives triggered a do-over from a Christian lawmak...

Supreme Court To Review Prayers In Public Meetings

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a new case on the intersection of religion and government in a dispute over prayers used...

How I Pray

Virginia Bell | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Virginia Bell

For years, I prided myself on being an atheist and had no interest in god or religion. Back then, the word "spirituality" wasn't part of our everyday vernacular. But all that changed during the 1970s when spirituality became a buzz word.

Can Changing Our Mindset Improve Our Health and Well-Being?

Grace Fuller | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Grace Fuller

We can prove in our own lives that, whether or not we are aware of it, our spiritual practice can help us achieve better health.

Prayer Interrupted: Sisters Not-so Affectionate Moment Charms The Web

Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion

It's hard when you’re a kid and talking to the big man upstairs and your younger sister tries to get in the way of your time with God. That’s what...

Tricks Up the Sleeve: Learning to Make Specific Requests

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Michelle Threlfall

Filled with gratitude, God's humor was not lost on me. My specific request had more than been filled.

Staying Whole in a Fractured World

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

You know that panicky feeling you get when you drop your briefcase or purse and everything spills out in public? That's how I used to feel every day: embarrassed, furious and anxious because I couldn't keep up with my life.

Can You Pray What You Don't Believe?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Many people treat prayer like a treatise, picking through the book for doctrinal points. While we should not assert things we do not believe, prayer is not philosophy. Prayer is poetry.

Pray For Prayer

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

A belief in god is the ultimate proof that the believer is not comfortable with not knowing: faced with uncertainty, instead of saying "I don't know," believers make up answers like "It's god's will."

Is Praying Before Football Games Cheating?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Valerie Tarico

NFL football doesn't have a prohibition against or a penalty for pre-game prayers, even though they do penalize certain other attempts to enhance neurotransmitters and fast twitch muscles.

Children And Prayer

Lee Bennett Hopkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lee Bennett Hopkins

Prayer can become a comforting time when all of the world problems can be turned off, when children can feel calm and at peace.

Cleaning Is Praying. Praying Is Cleaning!

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I recently read a wonderful novel by a Turkish author, Elif Shafak, called The Forty Rules of Love. It's a powerful book, but one of the lines that st...

Becoming a Prayer

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth Cunningham

Here are some things I have learned/am learning about praying/being a prayer.

How To Pray

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

Whatever your religious belief/non belief, practice or stance we all try to achieve a moment of silence or peaceful meditation at one time or another....

12 Ways To Pray During Lent

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

This blog post has been also featured as a Beliefnet gallery. To get there click here. Lent, the 40 days preceding the death, burial, and resurrectio...

A Jew's Prayer for the Children of Gaza

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bradley Burston

In this day, when the trepidation and rage and mourning that is called war, seizes our hearts and patches them in scars, we call to you, the Lord whose name is Peace.

The Power of Prayer and Fasting

Father John Bakas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Father John Bakas

There is renewed power through prayer and fasting, because ultimately prayer and fasting humbles us.