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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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‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

On the Ground Near Fort Hood: One Member’s Reaction

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet member ironhold lives near Fort Hood and shares her account of yesterday’s mass shooting there: “One shooting happened at the main PX, which is within walking distance of the college I attend…. “I’m fine, and one of the soldiers […]

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 […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

posted by Jana Melpolder

For the past two weeks the media has shown the importance of women getting tested for breast cancer. Whether you are a breast cancer patient, survivor, or friend of one, take a look at the Biblical Quotes gallery dedicated to […]

A Perfect Marriage Match?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What kinds of women do Muslim men prefer to marry? Do most desire to be with a Muslim woman or are many deciding to be with women who do not belong to the faith? One Beliefnet Community member shares his […]

Columbus Day: A Day of Discovery?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today in the United States, a celebration known as Columbus Day will remember when explorer Christopher Columbus set sail and ‘discovered the New World’. In other words, the story goes that Europeans discovered a new land that was already known […]

Cut Your Food Cravings

posted by Jana Melpolder

Candy, cookies, and cravings – the start of the holiday food season is finally upon us, especially with Halloween just around the corner. But don’t feel like you’ll be the only one with piles high of candy in your home! […]

Is It ‘Blackmail a Celebrity’ Month?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Celebrities have always been known to run into trouble with their popularity. Many times however, they can use their publicity for their own protection. What do you make of all the blackmail stories that have been circulating lately? It originally […]

What Should the Drinking Age Be?

posted by Jana Melpolder

When does the age of personal responsiblity actually start, or is it different with each individual person? Along with adulthood comes loads of responsiblity, including that of drinking alcohol. Lately there has been talk of making the legal age to […]

The Spotlight’s on Pittsburgh

posted by Jana Melpolder

As world leaders from 19 countries (as well as the European Union) gathered together for the G-20, tension arose in Pittsburgh in both support and defiance of the meeting. Protestors were arrested and police forces used several techniques to keep […]

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 […]

What’s on Your Summer Reading List?

posted by rphillips

Do you have a list of books you’re hoping to read this summer? Share your summer reading suggestions with other Beliefnet members here. Plus: Any reading suggestions for our Fresh Living blogger?

Actor David Carradine Dies

posted by sameen

Sadly, two creative people have passed this week. Actor David Carradine, who was in Thailand working on a new movie. And also Beliefnet member Miasma, who was a regular poster on the Spiritual Writing board. May they rest in peace. […]

The Crunch Economy

posted by Jana Melpolder

The stress many Americans are feeling from the economical crisis, as well as those from other countries, can become too much for individuals. But it’s important to remember you are not alone, and many within the Beliefnet Community can share […]

The Goode Family

posted by sameen

Every day Beliefnet members start discussions on a wide range of topics. Here are some of this week’s hot topics. How to Make Fun of Liberals Goode Family Two discussions about the new ABC comedy Judge Sotomayer Some R “spokesmen”–like […]

Voices Speak Out

posted by Jana Melpolder

Americans have always been well known to share their opinions on hot topics, and the recent news and events surrounding the issue of abortion is no acception. What are your thoughts on the issue? Was is right for President Obama […]

Memorial Day

posted by sameen

Family and Parenting What do you do on Memorial Day? Memorial Day Plans Discuss summer fun with other Beliefnet members, Summer Fun and Family Vacations Origins of Life Could this be the missing link?47 Million Year Old Primate

Swine Flu – Hot Topic of the Week

posted by sameen

Beliefnet members are talking about Swine Flu (H1 N1) on the News and Politics board. Have you visited Origins of Life? Meet Beliefnet member Teilhard, a frequent poster. How did you first discover Beliefnet and what prompted you to join? […]

Arbor Day

posted by sameen

Today is Arbor Day, a special day set aside for the planting of trees. Have you ever planted a tree? Join the discussions in Home and Garden More Hot Topics Baby Shaker Application — Games, Computers and Technology Same sex […]

Sexting and Other Hot Topics

posted by sameen

This week people are talking about — Sexting Hypocrisy in the Moral and Ethical Issues forum — the Vatican Takes Further Aim at US Women on the Discuss Catholicism board And we’d like to introduce you to Agnosticspirit our volunteer […]

Tax Preparation Tips

posted by sameen

Have you filed your taxes yet? Join the discussion on the Economy and Personal Finance board to share Income Tax Preparation tips with other Beliefnet members. On the Entertainment board members are talking Dr. Kutner and House M.D. This week […]

Spring Activities

posted by sameen

The weather is warming up and thoughts are turning to spring. What Spring activities do you enjoy? Join our Spring holiday discussions Passover Easter For a spirited discussion about the environment drop by our Environmental Issues board to join a […]

April Means Autism Awareness

posted by Jana Melpolder

This month marks the time of the year to teach others about autism and what can be done with treatment and prevention. The Beliefnet Community is reaching out to those families with children diagnosed with autism, and many of its […]

Want to Get Even More ‘Lost’?

posted by Jana Melpolder

This season of Lost is just as exciting as ever, but no one likes to experience the mysterious tv show alone. What happened to Locke now that he came back to life? Do you think Desmone will come back to […]

Responding to John Travolta’s Son’s Death

posted by rphillips

Many Beliefnet members–along with movie fans across the world–were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of actor John Travolta’s 16-year-old son Jett on New Year’s Day. You can discuss the Travolta tragedy with other Beliefnet members here. […]

Help the Poor on Blog Action Day

posted by Patton Dodd

The amazing thing about you, Beliefnet Community member, sitting there alone at your computer and reading this, is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. By Internet magic, you’re connected to multiple thousands of people worldwide. And sometimes, we get chances to […]

Hot Discussions This Week

posted by lmarcus

What Did You Think of Romney’s Speech? “Did anyone else see Romney’s statement about his religion and faith practices? Did his statement change your mind about him–in general–and/or about his faith and practices?” -whisperingal Faith and Mental Health “To suggest […]

This Week’s Hot Discussions

posted by lmarcus

What is Racism? “The epithet “racist” is now so widely used that it seems to me to have been drained of meaning.”- stevenlmeyer ‘Don’t Give Up!’ “I was at 350 pounds, and I hated it, I felt so pulled down, […]

This Week’s Hot Discussions

posted by lmarcus

Do You Believe in Ghosts? “Are ghosts, spirits of the dead, actual being/things/entities or are they a product of wishful thinking?” – innerpoint Abortion Isn’t A Religious Issue “I heard the author Garry Wills on NPR’s Talk of the Nation […]

This Week’s Hot Discussions

posted by lmarcus

Every day there are more new members on Beliefnet community, and every day there are new discussions on all kinds of topics. Here are some of the most spirited, interesting, and controversial discussions: Getting Married Late in Life “The purpose […]

This Week’s Hot Discussions

posted by lmarcus

So, What Is Holistic Spirituality? “Since its been a while since this question has been batted around, What does Holistic Spirituality, or Spiritual but not Religious mean to you?”–hithrael Spanking “Is it wrong to EVER spank your child? Is there […]

Beliefnet’s Hot Topics This Week

posted by lmarcus

Beliefnet definitely has something for everybody. This week we’ve highlighted some particularly juicy topics about relationships, politics, health, and parenting. Does Marriage Have an ‘Expiration Date’? “Did anyone notice the article on Politician, Gabriele Pauli — who has shocked the […]

Beliefnet’s Hot Topics

posted by lmarcus

There are so many discussions going on at Beliefnet that it’s hard to know where to jump in. So we’re highlighting a few of our most interesting conversations: How Important Is Attraction in a Marriage? “Everything else is 100% perfect […]

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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