2009 Year in Review

Year in Review 2009—and a Look Back at the 2000s
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    Spiritual Leaders Who Died in 2009

    Oral Roberts, Marie Knight, and John Daido Loori were some of the pioneers who influenced the faith landscape. Take a look back on spiritual leaders who died this year.

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    10 Health Lessons of 2009

    See what the top health stories of 2009--from swine flu to Patrick Swayze's untimely passing--taught us about wellness, hope, and staying calm in chaos.

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    Top Religion Stories of the Decade

    From the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Pope John Paul II's death to Buddhist activism in Tibet, read the stories of faith that shaped the last ten years.

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    Top Religion Scandals of the Decade

    The Catholic clergy sex scandal, the fall of evangelist Ted Haggard, and the scheming of Bernie Madoff were all scandals that shook the religious world.

Blogging on 2009 and the Past Decade


A Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sighting for 2010?

Date: 12/29/2009

Remember the grilled cheese sandwich made famous--and holy--by the face of the Virgin Mary when it was sold for $28,000 on eBay in 2004? That faith sighting, among others, was one of the more fun and funny faith-meets-food highlights of the past decade or so. Others, as listed by The Daily Beast ("Father, Son, and the Holy Toast") list images of Jesus on a potato chip (2005) and o ...

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Gone But Not Forgotten: The Stars We'll Miss from 2009

Date: 12/29/2009

This year marks the passing of a number of movie and TV stars, literary giants, and influential celebrities--Farrah Fawcett, Frank McCourt, Bea Arthur, and more. Many of them inspired and encouraged us with their accomplishments. And while we mourn their loss, we know their impact on our lives will not be forgotten. See our gallery of Inspiring Celebrities Who've Passed Away in 2009 Who w ...

Related Topics: 2009 Roundup, Celebrities, Entertainment, Farrah Fawcett, Blog 87


The Health Lessons of 2009

Date: 12/28/2009

Swine flu and health care and loss...oh my! In retrospect, 2009 sounds pretty dismal, especially when we look back it through the lens of health.  Let's take inventory, shall we?  Pandemic disease confused and sickened up.  Toxic chemicals and bacteria threatened and poisoned us.  A national political debate angered and frustrated us.  And cancer and other disease ...

Related Topics: 2009 Roundup, Celebrities, Health Care, Physical Health, Swine Flu


New Year Quotes from Oprah and More

Date: 12/28/2009

To welcome another year, another decade, read New Year quotes from famous (and some not-so-famous) people to inspire you in 2010.   Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. - Oprah Winfrey New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make ...

Related Topics: 2009 Roundup, New Year, New Year 2010, Blog 87


The Most Inspiring Pop Culture Moments of the Decade

Date: 12/23/2009

From Susan Boyle dreaming a dream on "Britain's Got Talent" to celebrities like Brad Pitt rallying for Hurricane Katrina relief, the decade has been filled with special moments in the entertainment world that have encouraged us to do more with our lives. Check out the gallery of the 12 Most Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Decade. And please share your favorite moments in the comm ...

Related Topics: Susan Boyle, Celebrities, 2009 Roundup, Music, Brad Pitt, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Britain's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent, Katrina, Reality TV, Blog 87

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