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The Election Results

posted by Jana Melpolder

Are you satisfied with the results in the recent American elections? Share your opinion with others in the Beliefnet Community.

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The Community News Blog Is Back!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is happy to announce the return of the Community News Blog! You’ll find a wide range of topics covered in this blog. Be sure to check out the latest forums, contests, and photo galleries that will all be highlighted […]

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Pay It Forward

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do you offer a helping hand to those in your own community? Share how you pay it forward to your friends and neighbors. Have you worked in a soup kitchen? | Discuss moral issues | Beliefnet Community

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Shana Tova!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Happy 5771! Sunset Wednesday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or “Head of the Year” or “First of the Year” in Hebrew. “Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the spiritual calendar and the birth of the world. It serves as […]

Life Before Birth

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you believe? Does our life begin at birth or before that point? Share your own thoughts and take a look at what other community members are saying. Discuss the Idea of a ‘Past Life’ | Celebrate a new […]

Celebrating Labor Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

In the United States, many people recognize it as the unofficial end of summer and the start of a new school year. What do you do on Labor Day? What does the secular holiday mean to you? Do you agree […]

How Was Your Summer?

posted by Jana Melpolder

As August winds down, we wonder how you spent your summer. Share photos of your vacations and “stay-cations.” »Take a Virtual Trip to Israel | »Sit on a Beach in Florida

Three in One

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a look at one popular discussion that states why the Christian Trinity is logical – and strictly monotheistic. Join the forum and read what others are saying. Continue the discussion within the Christian Trinity Bible Study, Discuss Christian Theology […]

Last U.S. Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq

posted by Jana Melpolder

Almost two weeks ahead of President Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline, the last American combat brigade started to leave Iraq, almost seven and a half years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Their departure marks the end of combat operations […]

Dr. Laura Quits Amid N-Word Controversy

posted by Jana Melpolder

On “Larry King Live” Tuesday night, syndicated radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger announced she would not renew her contract before it expires this year and end her “Dr. Laura” radio show. “I want to be able to say what’s […]

Blagojevich Convicted of Lying to FBI Agents

posted by Jana Melpolder

On the 14th day of deliberations, a jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of one count of lying to federal agents. With the jury deadlocked on 23 other counts, the judge declared a mistrial on those charges in […]

Harry Reid: Build the Mosque Elsewhere

posted by Jana Melpolder

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) broke from President Obama over the New York City mosque and Islamic community center. Critics are concerned about the proposed location near Ground Zero. Reid, who is battling to keep his seat, said Monday […]

Rogue Attendant Inspires, Baffles Many

posted by Jana Melpolder

Steven Slater went from being fed up to becoming famous. He gained a lot of attention – and criminal charges – for the way he quit his job as a JetBlue Airways flight attendant. Should he get a reality show […]

Communities Divided Over Mosques

posted by Jana Melpolder

On Friday, President Obama said he supports the right for an Islamic center to be built near Ground Zero. “Let me be clear: as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their […]

Iranian Woman’s ‘Confession’ Questionable

posted by Jana Melpolder

On Wednesday, the Iranian woman who faced stoning to death for adultery denounced her lawyer and confessed to adultery and being an accomplice to her husband’s killing. But her lawyer and human rights groups assert the mother of two was […]

Calif. Gay Marriages On Hold Until Aug. 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

Federal Judge Vaughn Walker who last week overturned California’s gay marriage ban agreed Thursday to a continued hold until at least Wednesday (Aug. 18) to give opponents time to appeal. If the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t act […]

Geronimo!!!!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do one thing every day that scares you – Eleanor Roosevelt Have you ever done anything scary – and exciting? One community member shares what it was like skydiving for the first time. In their journal, another member explains how […]

Remembering Ted Stevens

posted by Jana Melpolder

Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) died in a plane crash Monday night near Dillingham, Alaska. The 86-year-old former Alaska senator served on Capitol Hill from December 1968 until January 2009. “A decorated World War II pilot who survived a deadly 1978 plane […]

Ready for Sex at Age 8?

posted by Jana Melpolder

How young is too young to talk to children about sex? For some parents that talk may occur earlier than they’d thought because many girls are now entering puberty at 7 and 8, says a study published in the journal […]

Beliefnet Daily Deal

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week, Beliefnet is launching an exciting new way to save money, have fun and give back to your favorite charities FREE. Find out more. Beliefnet Daily Deal is a free newsletter. We hope you enjoy our latest Beliefnet addition. […]

Study: Cancer Cells Feed on Fructose

posted by Jana Melpolder

Is there another reason we need to study our food labels while shopping? Are all sugars equal? Findings from a study recently published in the journal Cancer Research indicate the cancer cells soaked up processed sugar more quickly, metabolized it […]

How to Stress Less

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tax-free weekends signal the return of Back-to-School shopping. Summer vacation is winding down, but your to-do list is longer than your remaining leisurely days. What to do? Join fellow Community members as they share tips on how to stress less. […]

Nine killed in shooting at Conn. warehouse

posted by Jana Melpolder

On Tuesday, a man who was forced to resign for allegedly stealing beer from his employer pulled out a gun and started shooting, killing eight people and himself at a Connecticut beer warehouse. The beer distributorship’s owner was also shot […]

Elena Kagan Confirmed to the Supreme Court

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court. She will be the fourth woman justice. Her confirmation vote of 63-37 happened a year after Justice Sonia Sotomayor won enough votes to be confirmed as […]

Judge: California Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

posted by Jana Melpolder

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage known as Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. An appeal is expected. Will the federal judge in California’s decision have any effect elsewhere? Join the discussion or share your views […]

Panel Clears Way for Mosque Near Ground Zero

posted by Jana Melpolder

On Tuesday, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to deny landmark status to a building slated for demolition and the space used for a new Islamic community center and mosque. The decision clears the way for the center […]

Chelsea Clinton Marries Longtime Boyfriend

posted by Jana Melpolder

Maybe it was the fact that she grew up in the White House or the secrecy behind the plans, but Chelsea Clinton’s wedding generated a lot of media buzz. Who designed her dress? Who was invited – or not invited? […]

Snapshots of Cuteness

posted by Jana Melpolder

Who doesn’t love cute babies? Community member Bouncybaby has an entertaining gallery featuring some of the most expressive infants. But they’re not alone. Check out other Community member galleries featuring some of the most adorable, sweetest and funniest little darlings.

Going to Church Making You Fat?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Is there a link between obesity and church attendance? Share your thoughts about fitness and religion and whether you believe regular churchgoers, on average, are heavier than non-churchgoers? Or, join groups where members share their lives, beliefs, opinions, and ideas […]

Polygamist Warren Jeffs’ Convictions Overturned

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Utah Supreme Court reversed convictions on rape charges of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial. The court ruled that “a jury received flawed instructions in considering Jeffs’ role in the 2001 marriage of a 14-year-old […]

Superman Saves Family From Foreclosure

posted by Jana Melpolder

In the comic books and movies, Superman is known for leaping tall buildings in a single bound and flying faster than a speeding bullet. To one family facing foreclosure, the Man of Steel is also the super hero who saved […]

Parts of Arizona Immigration Law Blocked

posted by Jana Melpolder

Hours before a controversial immigration law goes into effect in Arizona, a judge blocks key provisions aimed at undocumented immigrants. The law still goes into effect Thursday, but police are no longer required to check the immigration status of detainees […]

Would Eating More Greens Save the Planet?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Could eating fewer hamburgers significantly reduce greenhouse gases? An article in a scientific journal has sparked a discussion about agriculture, the environment and mankind’s role in pollution. Are we kinder to the planet by eating more produce or deciding to […]

What Are Your Summer Goals?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you feel like the summer months are just slipping away? Don’t fret – summer isn’t over. What goals are you trying to reach before September? How will you do it? Can you share any tips that would be helpful […]

How Should Parents React?

posted by Jana Melpolder

No matter who is around, people tend to freely give advice to the parents of small children. Does this help you as a parent or just irritate you? What about trusting the instincts within ourselves? How would you handle a […]

‘Write’ to the Top

posted by Jana Melpolder

What does “doing the right thing” mean to you? Are you young and looking for a way to let your voice be heard? The Responsibility Project by Liberty Mutual is collecting stories from teens ages 13-17 who plan to use […]

Is the BP Oil Cap Really Working?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you agree that the oil spill is finally coming to an end? Do you think that the cap will stop more oil from leaking? (There will, of course, be years of clean up ahead.) Share your own opinion with […]

Little Snapshots of Love

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you ever wondered at the beauty of nature and its creatures? One humorous gallery of animal friends will help you see that sometimes the lion really does lie with the lamb. Do you have funny pictures of your pets? […]

Losing Pounds and Lovin’ It?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you ever wondered how weight loss can be a joy? How can some people continue to work out and eat right – and still have a smile on their face? Check out the popular forum discussing sensible weight loss […]

Offer Your Support

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mel Gibson might not the same man that America knew. People can change, and sometimes it is hard to keep a relationship or friendship with someone that is not the person we thought they were. Have you had a friend […]

Haiti: A Closer Look After 6 Months

posted by Jana Melpolder

After 6 months of struggle, confusion, and rebuilding, Haiti is still moving on with incredible courage and hope. How are the people of Haiti really doing 6 months after the devastating earthquake? Share stories of strength in Haiti that you […]

Where It All Began…

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do you think civilization began? Do you believe we all started in one geographic location or several? What does the idea of “the origins of humankind” mean to you? Take a look at what several community members are saying […]

Which Bible Version Is the Best?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Although the overall message could stay the same, there are several translations of the Christian Bible. Which translation of The Bible do you read? Do you prefer a certain one above the rest? Why? Offer your thoughts on which translation […]

Highlight the Talents of Your Teen

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you know a teenager that’s striving to improve his or her community? Are you a young writer that’s hoping to inspire others around the world? The Responsibility Project by Liberty Mutual is collecting stories from teens ages 13-17 who […]

Offer a Prayer of Hope

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet one husband and father that is courageously battling cancer. A friend writes: “I don’t really have too many details, but he needs prayers. He had one round of chemo and I’m not sure if it helped any, but he […]

Celebrating American Independence

posted by Jana Melpolder

How did you celebrate Independence Day? Did you attend a parade or a family picnic? If you missed the fireworks this year be sure to catch a beautiful display of fireworks that will leave you with a smile. Don’t forget […]

How Mormon Is the ‘Twilight’ Saga?

posted by Jana Melpolder

It might be a romantic story that has left countless preteen girls swooning, but how religious – particularly Mormon – is the ‘Twilight’ saga? Talk about whether or not there are specific connections between the story and the Mormon faith. […]

Inspirational Words

posted by Jana Melpolder

“When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing.” – Anonymous Looking for more quotes to inspire you? Read what one member posted in his journal entry. Take a look at several quotes ranging from Lao Tzu to […]

Can YOU ‘Sell Seashells By the Seashore’?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Roll up your sleeves, grab the sandals, and get ready to take hit the beach on another virtual vacation. Take a look at mesmerizing seashells and aquatic life creatures that you might not see anywhere else. Let the colorful scenery […]

Moving Beyond Addiction

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you or a loved one ever dealt with addiction? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Check out the new Beliefnet Community group, Moving Beyond Addiction, that combines the tools of overcoming addiction with the tools to […]

Beliefnet Keeps the Community a Priority

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet has recently been acquired by another company, BN Media, LLC. While this may raise several questions or concerns by our online community, it should be noted that this will not bring many changes to the community format itself. What […]

Keep Them with You or Kick Them Out?

posted by Jana Melpolder

When should adult children be expected to move out of the house? At 18? 22? 25? Should there be an average age or is every situation unique? How have you handled this difficult question in your own family? Take a […]

Go Ahead – Take a Hike!

posted by Jana Melpolder

The beginning of summer is an exciting time to head outdoors and explore the wonders of nature. Let several beautiful photos inspire you to plant a garden, go hiking, or hit the beach. What flowers and plants will you discover […]

Don’t Stop the Music

posted by Jana Melpolder

June 23rd is the birthday of a late music legend – June Carter-Cash. Not only did she entertain countless people around the world throughout her lifetime, but her music will continue to be an enjoyment to many people. What other […]

Islam and Free Thought

posted by Jana Melpolder

Muslims can have many interesting points of view when it comes to thinking freely within the Islamic faith. If you are a Muslim, share your opinion of what it means to be a free thinker in your own faith. Share […]

Feel the Heat – It’s Summer!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome the fun that summer brings. Take a look at several funny photos that will leave you ready to hit the beach! Check out the incredible sandcastle and other artistic works that you won’t find just anywhere. Finally, if you […]

Happy Father’s Day!

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do you plan to tell all the great father figures in your life how much you love them? One creative gallery could help you come up with more terrific ideas that Dad could love. Beliefnet hit the streets to […]

Eat, or Play, with Your Veggies

posted by Jana Melpolder

Carrots. Mushrooms. Beets. Vegetables might make someone want to start cooking. On the other hand they might make a person want to turn the other way. Take a look at how one individual used vegetables as a creative way to […]

Have You Smiled Today?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Yesterday people around the world celebrated Power of a Smile Day. But it’s important to remember to try and smile each and every day throughout the year. What makes you grin ear to ear? If you’re looking for something to […]

World Cup 2010

posted by Jana Melpolder

The world is currently enthralled with exciting football (or soccer!) games. What do you think of the exciting World Cup so far? Has your favorite team played as well as you hoped? Who do you think will win? Has a […]

Happy Flag Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today Americans are celebrating Flag Day, and many will hang the famous red, white, and blue flag as a sign of respect. Do you think this is an important thing to do in any country? Or is it more of […]

Race Unity Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Soon Race Unity Day will be celebrated – a day originally started by the Baha’i faith. This is a very important celebration. What does race unity mean to you? Celebrate solidarity with others with uplifting words that can encourage everyone. […]

Rethink and Reinvent Yourself

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is looking for interesting answers to a simple and powerful question: how would YOU reinvent yourself? Answer this fun question and you might end up featured on Beliefnet! If you could reinvent your life, what would you be doing […]

Celtic Christians

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today is the day that Celtic Christians and other Christians honor Saint Columba of Iona. He was born in Ireland and served as a missionary for many years. He was even known as a member of the Twelve Apostles of […]

Helen Thomas Is In the Hot Seat

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recently the former White House journalist Helen Thomas retired after the negative remarks she made about Israel caught the attention of the media. What do you think of this hot topic and of her comments? Did she do the right […]

A Prayer Offered

posted by Jana Melpolder

Prayer can always be powerful, especially in times of a crisis. One member has written a beautiful prayer to help those assisting in the oil spill cleanup. It’s also to pray for politicians to create laws that will inhibit this […]

Hit the Beach…Or Not

posted by Jana Melpolder

The warm weather is here! You can finally get out and enjoy the fresh air. But first take a look at breathtaking beach photos that community members have shared. This mini-vacation could really inspire you to get outdoors. Although beaches […]

Welcome the Summer

posted by Jana Melpolder

How are you getting ready for the new summer season? Are you looking forward to the beach and want to fit into that bathing suit? Take a look at helpful ways to have a healthy trim for your body. Looking […]

The Joys of Parenthood

posted by Jana Melpolder

One of the world’s most beloved singers is now expecting twins. Celine Dion has recently announced that she is pregnant. Offer a prayer of support and protection for her and any other expecting mother. What has been the most precious […]

On the Edge of Violence

posted by Jana Melpolder

There has been a lot of talk about North Korea lately. Is it fair to defend one’s country, even if that means using nuclear weapons? What should be done to help promote peace between other countries and North Korea? Have […]

Memorial Day 2010

posted by Jana Melpolder

How did you spend the Memorial Day weekend? Did you attend picnics or parades this year? This holiday is not only about getting together with loved ones, it can also be about reflecting on the past. Check out the history […]

International Jazz Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you love about music? Is jazz your favorite kind of music to listen to? May 29th is International Jazz Day, and you can celebrate by helping a ‘jazz newbie’ build an incredible music collection. Share with him the […]

Kick Your Health in Gear

posted by Jana Melpolder

As you get ready for the summer, don’t forget to keep a healthy attitude towards weight loss. Are you looking for motivation and help from others? Be inspired by the stories that other members are sharing. You can also take […]

Christians and Drinking

posted by Jana Melpolder

This weekend many Western Christians will celebrate Trinity Sunday. What has been going on in the Christian community forums lately? Check out one hot topic that covers drinking alcohol and the Christian faith. See what others are posting and share […]

Win a Free Book!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Join Beliefnet’s newest journaling group and learn how YOU can win an essential guidebook for learning to write your personal story. If you enjoy writing, this contest is for you! Find out more to have a chance to win Marion […]

‘Lost’ Fans – Are You Disappointed?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Did you watch the series finale last night? What did you think of the ending of ‘Lost’? Some fans are upset with the ending, but others are not. Tell the Beliefnet Community what you thought of the final show.

Do You Love a Soldier?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What soldiers are close to your heart? Memorial Day is not for several more days, but now is your chance to share your worries with other families that might be concerned about loved ones that are far away. Share your […]

Are You Happy That Arlen Specter Lost?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Pennsylvania recently voted in a new Senator to replace Arlen Specter – a veteran politician that has served the state for 30 years. What do you think of the PA primary election for 2010? Are you happy with the results? […]

Jewish American Heritage Month

posted by Jana Melpolder

The month of May marks the celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. Check out Beliefnet’s active Jewish community that’s filled with forums and groups. One Beliefnet member is struggling because his wife will not convert to the Jewish faith. Are […]

Beautiful Blessings and Prayers

posted by Jana Melpolder

Looking for ways to find peace? Check out the 100 amazing pictures filled with Christian blessings and prayers that will help you face the rest of the day. Pick a favorite and offer your own comments. Upload your own photos […]

Photos: 30 Feathered Friends

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you enjoy bird watching? One community member was able to capture incredible photos of several spectacular and colorful birds. Catch a glimpse of the beauty that nature has to offer. Start the gallery>>

Happy Birthday, Birth Control!

posted by Jana Melpolder

The birth control pill has officially turned 50 years old. What are your thoughts on using contraceptives? Has ‘The Pill’ helped further women’s rights? Tell your Beliefnet friends what you think of this historic milestone, and what you think might […]

What Makes YOU Happy?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What makes you smile or laugh? Is it a love that has entered your life or a big triumph that you have overcome? Share your own story or upload a video to let the Beliefnet Community why you are happy. […]

The Beauty of Miracles

posted by Jana Melpolder

A miracle could be something simple and beautiful, such as a rose. Do you see miracles all around you each day? Share with the community the stories of your own miracles. Take a look at a beautiful gallery that offers […]

The People’s Court?

posted by Jana Melpolder

President Barack Obama recently selected a new member of the Supreme Court. Elena Kagan, the youngest judge, will be able to bring another female voice to the American court system. What do you think of this pick? How will this […]

Offer Prayers to a Mother

posted by Jana Melpolder

One community member shares the story of her friend who has learned that she has breast cancer. You can reach out to this sick mother and her two daughters. Offer a prayer to support her and her family. Her friend […]

Write On!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Learn how to write your own life story with the help of a memoir expert. Create an amazing tale that weaves together the memories you have from childhood to today. Check out how one member can help you share your […]

National Day of Prayer

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today Americans celebrate a National Day of Prayer. Well, at least several Americans do. Check out the latest controversy over whether or not this holiday should be celebrated. Is it right to set aside a day for believers to pray, […]

Mosques Around the World

posted by Jana Melpolder

Feeling like it’s time to get out of the house? Take a journey and discover mosques all over the world. Start in Africa and end up in Singapore. If you have any photos to share be sure to upload your […]

‘Please Listen’

posted by Jana Melpolder

One community member shares a recent story that could help save your life. Listen to her struggle with alcoholism and the moment she knew to get help. “Hello, friends. I am a 53-year-old woman who has been drinking for 40 […]

‘South Park’ and Islam

posted by Jana Melpolder

The television show ‘South Park’ is taking a lot of heat recently. How should the creators of ‘South Park’ react to threats? What do you think of the show’s depiction of Muhammad? Join this lively debate that has a lot […]

A Journey of Conversion

posted by Jana Melpolder

Read one woman’s journal entries that describe a journey of faith. She grew up Catholic and later converted to Judaism. Read about her emotional mikvah. Want to know how she choose her new Jewish name? Take a look!

Arizona, Tsk, Tsk!

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you think of the immigration controversy going on in Arizona? Do think this is an example of the American government going too far? Or is it a proper way to handle this issue? Share your own thoughts and […]

What Should Women Do?

posted by Jana Melpolder

The rules of dating can be just as complicated as actual relationships. Do you think women should initiate a date? Or should they always wait to be asked? This is one hot topic you won’t want to miss! Several Beliefnet […]

Praying in Public

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do you feel about praying in public? Some people think it is fine to pray in an open space where others can see you. Others think it should be not be done out in the open. Do you think […]

Cute Cats and Feisty Felines

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you love cats? How about cats that are wearing glasses or a superman outfit? Check out several adorable photos filled with cute and feisty felines! Take a look and then share with the online community photos of your own […]

Prayer and Politics

posted by Jana Melpolder

The American political system has been dealing with controversial topics recently. Should President Obama consider the National Day of Prayer constitutional or unconstitutional? What side of the debate are you on? Take a look at what everyone is saying and […]

Childhood Obesity: Who’s to Blame?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Where should responsibility lie when it comes to children who are overweight? Should the focus be on placing blame or should we instead try to search for solutions? Offer your thoughts and take a look at what others are saying […]

Around the World in 80 Seconds

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a virtual trip that will take you to breath-taking places few get to see. These amazing photos show spiritual places from many religions around the world. Have you been fortunate enough to visit any personally? From the Kiyomizu Temple […]

Sit Back and Relax

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Beliefnet Community has been posting fantastic videos that you might be sorry you missed. But which ones take the prize as the most popular videos of all time? You might be surprised at the ones that have been viewed […]

The (Very) Shaky World

posted by Jana Melpolder

There seems to be so many earthquakes, storms, and volcano eruptions happening recently around the world. Are there really more disasters now than ever before? Do you think this is just nature or something bigger? Take a look at what […]

Need a Good Laugh?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Give yourself a little pick-me-up with several amusing photos that could make your day even better. It’s impossible to feel down while looking at these hilarious photos and their funny captions! View the gallery>>

Your Financial Prayer

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tick tock. Time is running out to get the taxes in. Maybe you already have your taxes done or you feel like you are running in circles. Either way, try to take a minute to slow down and say a […]

Inspiring Affirmations

posted by Jana Melpolder

Feeling down lately? Pick yourself up and realize your own beauty. Take a look at over 80 amazing images that are loaded with breathtaking photography and inspiring messages. It could help you keep going and leave you with a smile […]

Need a Vacation?

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you feel overworked and overwhelmed take a look at a new gallery filled with spectacular fairy tale photos. Take a virtual tour of incredible castles and other ancient spots. It will probably make you want to go yourself! View […]

Use Your Creativity

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you love about poetry? Do you love writing and using your creative spark? In honor of National Poetry Month, share your own favorite poem. Add it to the long list so everyone can enjoy it! Start here>>

Middle East News and Politics

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet readers have a lot to say about conflicts in the Middle East. What are your thoughts on the situations that are ongoing in many areas? Add your voice to an existing discussion or start your own. You might be […]

Say Goodbye to Cinderella

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sweeping the floor. Washing the dishes. Folding the clothes. What household chore makes you cringe at the mere thought of doing? In honor of yesterday’s ‘No Housework Day‘ be sure to share with the Beliefnet Community what chore you despise […]

National Poetry Month

posted by Jana Melpolder

Is your favorite poem something written by an inspirational author or is it a poem that you wrote yourself? In honor of National Poetry Month, let the online community know what poem brings you the most peace or hope. Don’t […]

Help Stop the Pain

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet member is reaching out for help to make her pain stop. What can you offer to help her manage her pain? Read the post she recently wrote: “For over a year now, I have been seeing my pain […]

Your Photos of Easter

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Beliefnet Community is lucky to have so many members share the beautiful photos of families celebrating Easter. Take a look at the many children and adults dressed up in their finest for the big day. And don’t forget to […]

Reflect on the Easter Season

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a look at 20 inspirational videos that will help you reflect on the love of God and resurrection of Jesus. Let these beautiful songs and images inspire your faith during this holy season. Share with the Beliefnet Community which […]

The Pope’s Apology

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Beliefnet forum on the pope’s apology is getting quite a lot of attention. Do you think that his apology for sexual abuse within the Catholic Church was adequate enough for the victims? If not, what else should the Pope […]

Should Non-Christians Buy Easter Eggs?

posted by Jana Melpolder

It is the time of the year when one can barely walk through a grocery store without seeing chocolate bunnies or Easter eggs. This can be seen as an unfair advantage for Christians, but should those who don’t celebrate Easter […]

Finding Freedom in Passover

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a look at one member’s incredible blog that describes how the Jewish holiday of Passover is a reflection of freedom for all people. He writes, “The commandment of Passover is only to the Jewish People but the story and […]

What’s the Word?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you think this photo is the biggest cat you’ve ever seen? Tell us what you think should go as a caption. Enter our ‘Funny Photo Caption Contest’. All you have to do is check out this hilarious photo then […]

Offer Your Support

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet reader writes how she’s struggling with poor health. She says, “I have fibromyalgia and recently injured my back. Pain meds, anti-inflammatories and steroids don’t agree with me (more negatives than positives). Depression is creeping in and I need […]

Tell Us Your Inspirational Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

Enter our Stories of Renewal Writing Contest now by sharing your story. Did the birth of a child transform you? Have you changed careers? Beaten an addiction? Did you choose a new spiritual path or deepen your faith? We want […]

Healthcare Reform: What Do You Think?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Many forums in the Beliefnet Community are continuing to buzz about the latest news in American healthcare. Take a look at a new discussion that covers whether readers are frustrated or elated at this historic event that is taking place. […]

Healthcare in Hot Water

posted by Jana Melpolder

The community is buzzing about the historic American healthcare bill that is going through the voting process. Where do you stand in this very important (and popular!) topic? One member writes, “The problem for Democrats is that Americans do not […]

Is It Right to Bear Arms?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Should individuals have the right to carry guns with them, or should that right be taken away to keep public places safer? This is a hot topic that has made many of the Beliefnet readers feel all fired up. What’s […]

Sandra Bullock Blindsided

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recent reports state that actress Sandra Bullock’s husband has been unfaithful to his famous wife. Now the actress has to deal with experiencing an extreme high and extreme low all within the same month. Take a look at what people […]

24 Ways to Welcome Spring

posted by Jana Melpolder

Can you feel the warm touch of sunshine and feel the peace of knowing that spring is on its way? Take a look at these dazzling photos of Japan in the full blossom of spring. It will bring a bit […]

A Blessing for You

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you been feeling down lately? Find encouragement and inspiration in these beautiful words and images. Then offer your own words of hope to another member. Don’t forget to keep the chain going! Take a look>>

Take a Journey to Ireland

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you ever wanted to travel to see the castles and breathtaking beauty of Ireland? Here’s your chance to see the incredible splendor this country has to offer – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Explore the beauty of […]

Show Off Your Photography Skills

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Beliefnet Community is always looking for incredible photos of your travels, neighborhoods, and lives. Upload your favorite photos and tell us why you enjoy photography. If you can’t think of anything to start your photo galleries take a look […]

Incredible Hajj Photos

posted by Jana Melpolder

Follow one member as he takes you on a photographic journey many Muslims try to take in their lifetime. Even take a glance at a mosque at night. View these amazing photos of Muslim pilgrims, holy places and sacred rituals. […]

Why Do You Practice?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Why do you practice your faith? How important is the why in all of it? Share with the community your thoughts and take a look at what others are saying. Some readers are already posting thought-provoking ideas and comments! Have […]

Little Messages of Inspiration

posted by Jana Melpolder

Feel like you’ve gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Don’t let a bad start ruin the whole day. Take a look at 20 messages of hope that could help brighten your mood. It could even […]

Help Make the Pain Stop

posted by Jana Melpolder

A community member is trying to help herself get back to being healthy. She writes, “I seem to have what I call an eating disorder”. She knows her habits are unhealthy but she can’t seem to break the cycle. Can […]

Hindu Images

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do Hindu artists create when they work? Check out 30 incredible pictures that are incredibly detailed. Even the colors reflect the wonderful creativity found in India. You might be surprised at what you find! Take a look>>

Sacred Sightings in the Sky

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you see heavenly messages in the sky? One community member thinks you can. View one reader’s collection of love notes from God, written in the clouds, then share your own. View the gallery>>

Animal Rights?

posted by Jana Melpolder

The tragic story of the Sea World trainer that recently died has surprised many people. While it is not uncommon to hear of animal attacks, it is even more surprising when the victim is an animal trainer. What should happen […]

Vote for Your Favorite

posted by Jana Melpolder

Five finalists have been chosen in the new photo caption contest. This new contest features a picture of two nuns enjoying the blessing of a day at the beach. What do you think they should be saying? Take a look […]

Amazing Sand Art

posted by Jana Melpolder

Feeling tired of making snowmen? Let a beautiful gallery of sand art take you from the cold and snowy winter to a warm and sunny beach. Once you view these photos you’ll feel ready to start planning your summer vacation. […]

Celebration in Judaism

posted by Jana Melpolder

What does celebration look like in the Jewish faith? Share your family traditions or precious memories that will continue for generations. Purim recently started and with that comes tradition. Think you are ready for Purim? Take the quiz to find […]

100 Amazing Images

posted by Jana Melpolder

Twinkling lights, falling snow and waterfalls that actually flow! You won’t be disappointed when you check out the 100 incredible pictures offered by one community member. Take a look at these incredible, animated images!

Inspiration on the Ice

posted by Jana Melpolder

A story of heartbreak and inspiration has come from the Canadian figure skater Joanie Rochette. Read the powerful forum post: “On a much more INSPIRING note, this young lady is a winner no matter where she meets on the podium. […]

Unexpected Messages of Love

posted by Jana Melpolder

A simple poem. A beautiful sunset. The smile on a child’s face. Where do you find surprising messages of love? From a cloud formation to a cup of tea, one reader finds love where you’d least expect it. Take a […]

Sharia Law?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Muslims and non-Muslims alike have strong and varying opinions on Sharia Law. What do YOU think? Is Islamic criminal justice flawed? One member writes, “in cases where another human has been done injustice to, such as murder, or theft, I […]

Glimpse of an Angel?

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet reader posted pictures of what could be angels in the sky. Do you agree that it is a glimpse of heavenly beings? Or is it merely images of a beautiful sky? Share with others what you think these […]

These Cats Can Boogie

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you are looking for something to cheer you up, you have come to the right place. Check out two dancing cats that can really move! Post your funniest photos to share with the Beliefnet Community, and hopefully your pictures […]

Chinese New Year Photos

posted by Jana Melpolder

Let yourself be dazzled by the colors of Chinese New Year. Beliefnet member Sweetdominique shows pictures from the exciting parade seen in her city streets. You can also see how individuals decorate for this family occasion. Take a look>>

Lent Arrives

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season called Lent. What are you doing to mark this important occasion? Do you have special family traditions you can share with the Beliefnet Community? Tell us what you plan to […]

Inspiration in a Snowstorm

posted by Jana Melpolder

Think you’ve seen enough snow to last a lifetime, or at least for awhile? One reader didn’t think so. Take a look at the beautiful winter scenery that is in his backyard. You might even get a peek of his […]

The 2010 Olympics

posted by Jana Melpolder

The world is wrapped up in the exciting 2010 Olympic Winter Games. What did you think of the opening ceremonies? What sport will you be watching the most? Do you have a favorite athlete that you are keeping an eye […]

Can Singles Have Fun on Valentine’s Day?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Does Valentine’s Day mean that only those in relationships can have fun? Of course not! Tell the Beliefnet Community your plans for this special holiday. Are you planning to spend it alone or with someone special? Offer ideas how to […]

Get Up and Go, Go, Go!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Feeling like your energy is just gone for good? Don’t give up so easily. One community member has offered 15 motivational quotes to keep you going, and going strong! Be sure to take time to leave a comment on how […]

Love on Valentine’s Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you seen the list of the top 10 movie couples of all time? Beliefnet has compiled a list of the most lovable lovebirds; do you agree with the choices? How do you define love as we near Valentine’s Day? […]

Is Allah in Control of Everything?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Readers are discussing whether Allah is in control of what happens in general. This hot topic is covering everything from free-will to the disaster in Haiti. What do you think? Share your own thoughts on this popular forum.

Amazing Religious Art

posted by Jana Melpolder

Share with others the beautiful artwork or pictures you have created. How do you visualize your spirituality? Take a look at one member’s pictures of heaven and faith. Be sure to rate each piece of artwork, or offer your own […]

Need a Hug?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Don’t let the dark winter days get you down this year. If you are looking for something to put a spark in your day, then check out this bundle of sweet images. It will put a smile and on your […]

Black History Appreciation

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sojourner Truth? Rosa Parks? Booker T. Washington? Which African American has inspired you in your life? What amazing stories of your own family can you share with the Beliefnet community? Join Beliefnet to celebrate Black History Month, and share precious […]

The Return of ‘Lost’

posted by Jana Melpolder

What did you think about the first episode of ‘Lost’ last night? Was it what you were expecting, or a storyline that was completely different than what you thought it would be? Discuss previous seasons, theories about the show, or […]

What Makes Your Marriage So Special?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What is it that still attracts you to your ‘other half’? Why do you love being married to your husband or your wife? Join the community in describing why marriage is truly wonderful when, many times, it is not seen […]

Judging 2010 By Its January?

posted by Jana Melpolder

One reader shares that by looking at January alone, 2010 seems altogether too overwhelming of a year. She writes: “I’m trying not to write off all of 2010 based on the last couple of weeks. I hope it’s nowhere but […]

Mais Non! – Banning the Burqua in France

posted by Jana Melpolder

News recently broke out that soon women may not be able to wear veils in public places in France. This has left a large number of people steaming around the world. Do you think this goes too far and individuals […]

What’s YOUR Secret Place?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Where do you go to find rest and peace amongst your busy life? Is it a place where many people are nearby or do you prefer being alone? Have a glance at one member’s amazing forest retreat that could inspire […]

Holy Hip Hop

posted by Jana Melpolder

Is it possible to dance your way through Holy Christian scripture? Check out why one group is giving a resounding yes! Take a look at the members of a Christian radio station that share photos from their live broadcasts. Get […]

What’s the Belief?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Check out an interesting conversation going on in the Beliefnet Community that discusses whether Jews believe in hell or not. Why do some Jews believe differently than others? What does Judaism say? Join this lively discussion on sin, punishment and […]

The Beauty of the Cross

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do you express yourself or your spirituality? Do you journal and write how you are feeling at the moment, or do you draw to show your thoughts or dreams? Catch a glimpse of how one amazing Beliefnet member is […]

Photo Contest: Share Your Winter Wonderland

posted by Jana Melpolder

For many neighborhoods across the country, this winter has been snowier than usual. When it’s snowing or too icy to go to school or to work, what do you do? Make snow angels? Sled or snow ball fight in your […]

Candles for Haiti

posted by Jana Melpolder

What are you doing to show your support for the people of Haiti? Share with the Beliefnet community how you are caring or praying for the people struck by such a tragic event. Take a glimpse to see how one […]

Your Adorable Pets

posted by Jana Melpolder

One reader shares intimate family photos of her pet’s cutest and wildest moments. Check out the adorable photos she offers to the community. What cute pictures do you have of your cats or dogs? Let your Beliefnet friends see the […]

True Greatness: Martin Luther King Jr.

posted by Jana Melpolder

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that not only changed his own generation, but one that will continue to inspire future generations around the world. Join the Beliefnet community in being grateful for his work, as well as that […]

In the Wake of the Disaster in Haiti…

posted by Jana Melpolder

It is quite inspiring to know that people from many different countries are pulling together to bring hope to Haitians and all those suffering from the recent earthquake. At the moment it appears that religious, political, or ethnic tensions seem […]

Pray for Haiti

posted by Jana Melpolder

People all over the world were saddened to hear that Haiti recently experienced an earthquake that registered 7.0. In the time of such a tragedy, the people of Haiti are in need of prayer as much as they are in […]

Step into Freedom from Depression

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is proud to have amazing bloggers, such as Therese Borchard, write to inspire countless readers. Recently the book “Beyond Blue” has helped many individuals open the door to further discussion and understanding on depression and support for loved ones. […]

“My Journey to the Ka’aba”

posted by Jana Melpolder

A Beliefnet reader shared her amazing travel experiences when she went to Mecca. Check out Hawasati’s photo gallery of a pivotal moment in her pilgrimage journey–reaching the Ka’aba in Mecca. Plus, share your own hajj photos! View the gallery>>

The Spotlight Is on North Korea

posted by Jana Melpolder

One community member shares the recent news that North Korea has earned the number one spot for just about any religious, including Christian, persecution. Grinandbearit describes, “The first position of the World Watch List in 2010 is again reserved for […]

The 2009 Member of the Year

posted by Jana Melpolder

A warm congratulations to RevDorris who, this week, was named the 2009 Beliefnet Member of the Year. Working as a minister in Homestead, Florida, he spends much of his time writing inspirational journals and heading the Unitarian Community group. Read […]

Break Out of the Darkness

posted by Jana Melpolder

Looking for a bit of sunshine during the dark and gloomy days of winter? Do you need something that can help you get through these cold days? One member uploaded beautiful pictures that will be sure to please. Check out […]

Prayers of Joy

posted by Jana Melpolder

Back in 2008, a Grandmother posted several prayer circles about her twin grandchildren. As they were born premature, they eventually grew to be both healthy and strong. Check out the incredible story and give your own prayer of thanks!

Rainbows of Art

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet reader shows her artistic side by uploading an art gallery of rainbows, nature, and more. Get a glimpse of what Kaiti is sharing with the online community. If you’re a mature or budding artist, don’t be shy about […]

Nine Lessons from 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet reader shares the nine lessons she learned in 2009. Find out how she’s going to step into the light of a brand new year. “Deal drama a death blow upfront. If somebody is being unfair to you, it’s […]

Vote for the Beliefnet Member of the Year

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is proud that so many outstanding members are part of its diverse and inspirational community. After looking through the incredible nominations, Beliefnet has announced the 10 finalists for the 2009 Beliefnet Member of the Year. Vote now for who […]

Resolutions for a Sparkling New Year

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s on your resolution list for this new year (and decade)? It’s an exciting time, and hopefully your wishes will bring just as much excitement (or at least determination) to your life. Do you want to…be more patient? Complete a […]

President Carter’s Apology

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you think of President Carter’s apology to the Jewish community? The former president offered an “Al Het,” or atonement prayer, to ease tensions with Jews. What do you think of his motives? Join the debate here. View the […]

‘When I Lost My Temper’

posted by Jana Melpolder

One reader describes, “When I follow ‘the rules’ and someone breaks them, and others support the rulebreaker, the frustration builds up so fast that I have a hard time getting a handle on it.” The hardest thing about Buddhism is […]

A Decade of Pop Culture Moments

posted by Jana Melpolder

What moments in pop culture have been the most inspirational in the past 10 years? Check out the Beliefnet list of those pop culture stars that have brought inspiration instead of scandal. You can also discuss the best movies that […]

Precious Christmas Memories

posted by Jana Melpolder

Our readers share their favorite memories of Christmas past, from picking out a Christmas tree to sharing a special photo with our troops to hearing mysterious sounds of festivity in the middle of the night. Read the Christmas memories…

Amazing Images of Jesus

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today marks a festive time for Christians, who will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. While someone might be busy with the last minute preparations, it’s even more important for Christians to take a moment and meditate upon what the […]

Celebrating Kwanzaa

posted by Jana Melpolder

As Kwanzaa will begin in a few days, read a beautiful journal written by one member who wants to offer warm wishes to those who celebrate Kwanzaa. Take a look at what happens on each of the seven days or […]

Take a Virtual Trip

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sit back and relax as you take a (virtual) trip across the seas to look at temples and offerings from all over. View these gorgeous images from one reader’s travels through Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist communities throughout the world. Check […]

Do You Want to See ‘Creation’?

posted by Jana Melpolder

The life of Charles Darwin is soon to be depicted in movie theaters with the new blockbuster coming out called, ‘Creation’. Starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, it looks to be a terrific film that will really get people talking. […]

Can Interfaith Love Work?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet one member who is struggling with being in love with a man who is of a different faith than she is. “We will have been dating for a year now, in a couple months, and we have been talking […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Conversion…

posted by Jana Melpolder

Celebrate with a new Jewish convert and read the events that took place a few days before she became a Jew. “On December 9, I went to the mikvah and am now, officially, Jewish. Mazel Tov to me!” Continue reading […]

The Most Inspiring Person of 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is proud to announce that Zach Bonner is the Most Inspiring Person of 2009. He was nominated for living his conviction that no one is ever too young to change the world. He was selected for his compassionate, selfless […]

A Memoir of Pakistan

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a glance at the new video added to the community, “Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan”. You’ll get to meet author Ali Eteraz and catch a glimpse of his life. Get to see how the American Muslim discusses […]

Coping with Grief at Christmas

posted by Jana Melpolder

Many times the holidays mean being with loved ones and family members, but sadly for some, it is a time to remember those they have lost. Meet inspirational community member live2writepoetry who is learning to celebrate the holidays while honoring […]

Your Chance to Win a Book by TD Jakes

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you ever had an unexpected Christmas blessing? Share your stories of meaningful Christmas moments and memories for your chance to win a free copy of the new book by Bishop TD Jakes. In the new novel “The Memory Quilt,” […]

Your Christmas Memories

posted by Jana Melpolder

What favorite memories do you have of Christmas? Does it include gathering with your family to pick out a special Christmas tree or is it reading the bible story together on Christmas Eve? Share with the community your favorite memories […]

Hearing Those Who Have Passed

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet community member Dreamweever2 is curious why she hears voices of loved ones that have already passed away. Can you relate to this? What do you think is happening? Check out the recent conversation.

Looking for Love?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Feel lost or out of the loop when it comes to the dating scene? You aren’t alone. Join the Beliefnet Community group The Soulmate Project that has almost 1,000 members. Share your story of heartache or what type of person […]

Have Your Say

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you think of President Obama’s speech the other day ordering more troops to Afghanistan? Is the move he made a reasonable one, or are you upset at his decision? Be heard in the hot topics zone, or start […]

Join in Prayer for Those Who Live Alone

posted by Jana Melpolder

Community member Libralight wrote a beautiful prayer to help those who might be not only living by themselves, but those who are also feeling desperately alone in life. “I ask for prayer for those of us who live alone and […]

Sunshine in December?

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you are in the northern hemisphere, the darkness so early in the day could be starting to bother you. Cheer yourself up with beautiful photos of flowers in the sunshine that will be sure to brighten your day! Keep […]

World AIDS Day 2009

posted by Jana Melpolder

Yesterday marked World AIDS Day for 2009. It is estimated that about 2 million people pass away each year from this disease. It is a day to reflect on and remember all the loved ones lost to this horrible illness, […]

Vote for Your Inspiration

posted by Jana Melpolder

Who do you think deserves the title of Most Inspiring Person for 2009? The contest has already begun so you can already vote for your favorite nominee. Think one vote is not going to make much of a difference? You […]

What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Was it an asteroid? Did they truly exist? Or was the end of the dinosaur era destined to happen? The debate on dinosaurs and how they came to be extinct continues to rage on the Beliefnet forums. Where do you […]

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The Election Results
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The Community News Blog Is Back!
Beliefnet is happy to announce the return of the Community News Blog! You'll find a wide range of topics covered in this blog. Be sure to check out the latest forums, contests, and photo galleries that will all be highlighted here. What do YOU want to see in future entries? Share with us your though

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Pay It Forward
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posted 12:00:00am Sep. 12, 2010 | read full post »

Where Were You on Sept. 11?
Historic, tragic events often are seared into the collective memory of a nation such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or the Challenger explosion. For millions, a mild September morning nine years ago also became

posted 12:00:00am Sep. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Fla. Pastor Cancels Quran Burning on 9/11
Florida pastor Terry Jones said his church is suspending plans to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11. But it remains unclear if it will take place on another day. The Rev. Terry Jones defied international condemnation by resisting to drop the plans announced earlier this s

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