New Beliefnet Community Makes a Spiritual Splash into the World of Social Networking

Award-Winning Content Can Now Be Customized for Individuals or Groups and Combined With User-Generated Material to Create a Safe Spiritual “Home” Online


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New York, NY – November 12, 2007 –, the leading site for faith, inspiration and spirituality, today announced the beta launch of Beliefnet Community, a comprehensive social network designed expressly for religious devotees, spiritual seekers and faith-based groups. As the largest and most diverse faith- and values-based community available at one digital destination, Beliefnet Community will offer unparalleled resources for study, inspiration and entertainment, and will provide a safe meeting place for the nearly 82 million Americans who regularly perform spiritual and religious activities online[1].

Designed to meet the needs of both individuals and groups—including intimate, small groups as well as multi-dimensional, large organizations—Beliefnet Community provides award-winning content and innovative online tools that allow members to work together virtually or to enhance the experience of existing real-world small groups and houses of worship. Assemblies of all types and sizes—from book clubs and support groups to Bible study and fan clubs—can now create and customize their own websites, calendars, discussion forums and content feeds at

“Social networks aren’t just about dating or bands anymore, they’ve evolved into powerful and very real communities,” said Steven Waldman, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of “In an accepting, easy-to-use environment, Beliefnet Community is dedicated to providing a gathering place where beliefs and values can be safely explored and shared—by people of all faiths. We’re excited about opening the door to this new kind of online spiritual home.”


Community members and groups will be able to feed award-winning Beliefnet content directly onto their personal or group pages. Through partnerships with leading authors, organizations and publishers, Beliefnet Community members will be able to customize their pages and journals with an array of spiritual wisdom from:

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