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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Do You Have to Be Married to Be Successful?

posted by Jana Melpolder

One reader recently read a book that claims in order to be at one’s best, one needs to have a partner. Where do you stand in this? Does it matter if a person is single or not? Do you feel […]

Faith-Building Technology?

posted by Jana Melpolder

IPods. Cell phones. Electric start buttons for your car. Isn’t it hard to believe that 10 years ago most people weren’t walking around using these items on a daily basis? How has technology changed your lifestyle or faith since the […]

How Should We Cut Health Care Costs?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you checked out the new Hot Topics Zone – a place where everyone’s discussing the latest news stories? One forum in particular is taking on the American health care issue. Where do you stand on the debate or how […]

What Will Happen in 2012?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Last Friday, the new movie 2012 came out in theatres. The story explores the fear of the end of the world that many individuals feel. Do you think anything will happen in 2012? What do you believe comes next? Will […]

Sesame Street: Still Teaching After 40 Years

posted by Jana Melpolder

After 40 years of Big Bird, Elmo, and even Oscar the Grouch, Sesame Street is still entertaining and teaching children all over the world. But the special characters did more than just teach numbers and letters to young generations, they […]

Celebrating Veterans Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

In honor of those who have served their country in the United States, Veterans Day is a time to offer both gratitude and respect. Take a look at famous quotes that describe valor, strength, and courage. Check out what has […]

Forgiving and Moving On

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you have a hard time letting go of the past? Has the thought of forgiving someone who hurt you always been difficult to do? You might not be alone if you feel this way, but what you do with […]

To Be Passive or Not to Be Passive?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What has the Beliefnet Community all fired up? Take a peek at the discussion forum that debates whether or not women should be aggressive. Do you believe women should be more of the aggressor, or should they try to conduct […]

Halloween for Christians?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Join the lively debate on whether Christians should celebrate Halloween. Is it wrong to dress your children up as ghosts and witches when you belong to the Christian faith? Or maybe you see it just as an innocent form of […]

Looking Past the Recession

posted by Jana Melpolder

Unemployment. Money troubles. People losing their jobs. It’s all part of the recession that has been experienced not only by Americans but by others around the world, and sometimes more severely. It’s what economists call ‘The Business Cycle’, and the […]

Fearlessly Being Single

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you ever feel pressure from your friends or family to get married and ‘settle down’? Are you noticing that many of your friends are starting to get married and have children, leaving you feel a bit left out? Or […]

New Feature: See All Forum Posts

posted by rphillips

Many Beliefnet Community members have asked for a way to access all the forum posts made by a member. We’re pleased to announce this feature is now available. Read our product manager’s blog post about this to find out more […]

What Do You Think of Sarah Palin’s Resignation?

posted by rphillips

Why did Alaska Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin resign? Is she hiding a scandal? Is she planning a presidential run? See what other Beliefnet members think and share your own opinions in this heated Sarah Palin discussion.

Is Bernie Madoff’s Sentence Fair?

posted by rphillips

Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison today. What do you think of this sentence? “He certainly deserves the 150 years-every day of it,” writes member IreneAdler. “He got more time than some who are […]

Members Remember Farrah Fawcett

posted by rphillips

Actress Farrah Fawcett died of cancer today at age 62. Beliefnet members remember Farrah Fawcett on this forum. “She fought a good battle and I must believe a warm and welcoming peace has embraced her,” writes member sydneymoon. Share your […]

What’s Wrong with Rebound Relationships?

posted by rphillips

Here’s a juicy discussion from our relationships forum: Member parkin wonders, “Why not have a rebound relationship?” Parkin writes, “he just separated from his wife and I just lost my husband.” Do you think this relationship has a chance? Respond […]

Previous Posts

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

posted 12:00:00am Nov. 04, 2010 | read full post »

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

posted 12:00:00am Nov. 03, 2010 | read full post »

Pay It Forward
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

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

posted 4:00:00am Sep. 10, 2010 | read full post »

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