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Our First Year of "Praying the News" and a Prayer for Humankind Here we are at the end of our first year of "Praying the News." As we look back at the 28 prayers, we would characterize 2011 as a turbulent year for weather and disasters, the rebellions around the…
A Prayer for Victims of the Terrorist Bombings at Istanbul Airport The shock of losing a loved one or a community member to a terrorist's bomb or gunfire is no small thing. And there are no safe places anymore – not movie theaters, dance clubs, churches, airports…
Praise for My Kidneys By far, the most pain I have ever experienced was when I had kidney stones. They are accumulations of mineral salts varying in size from microscopic to the size of a fingertip that form in the kidne…
A Prayer for Those Deported in 2012 O Dweller in the Heart, we pray for the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States who live in constant fear of being deported. Fact: A record number of 419,384 deportations took …
A Prayer for Safety as We Gather Together On Sunday, August 5, as Sikh Americans gathered for communal prayers in their temple south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a gunman entered the building, opened fire, and killed six people and wounded thre…
Embracing Boredom Whenever I think about boredom, I tend to picture a lousy and negative state of mind that brings me down. In an article for bbc.com, David Robson points out that research on this behavior has found …
A Prayer for the Victims of Domestic Violence Shekinah, we ask for your guidance and direction to protect wives assaulted in their own homes by husbands and partners. Fact: Serbia is in the grips of a domestic violence crisis: official figu…
The Problem with Inattention For Aeon.co, Frank Furedi, a sociologist and social commentator, has written an illuminating essay revealing that the battle against inattention and distractions has been going on since 1710. He sho…
A Prayer for Baby Boomers in Distress The continuing recession in the United States has been especially hard on Baby Boomers, those in their 50s and 60s raised with high hopes of a happy and fulfilling retirement filled with travel and …
A Prayer for Victims of Religious Hostility God of All Nations, we pray that you will send your healing balm to those who have been the victims of religion-related violence, mob prejudice, harassment over attire, or other religion-related abu…