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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? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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!

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>>

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

A Gratitude List

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet Community member shares what she is grateful for everyday. She writes, “I also grateful that I have two friends tomorrow who want to spend time with me and do the lunch/shopping thing. I am very grateful that my […]

Let the Snow Start Falling

posted by Jana Melpolder

How do you feel about snow? Is it just a pain to deal with early in the morning when you shovel the driveway? Or do you find it to be something wonderful provided by mother nature? One reader finds snow […]

A Day in the Life of…

posted by Jana Melpolder

One Beliefnet reader shares a view of what his daily life is like. At times he is in Tehran, the capital city of Iran, and at other times he works in Dubai – a popular state located in the United […]

Enjoy the Moment

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Beliefnet member charger174 recently discovered, when all is well in life, how quickly it can change within the ‘blink of an eye’. She describes, ‘it is just another day in October of 2009. As I sit here typing, I […]

Waiting for a Godwink?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you ever had an amazing coincidence happen in your life where you stopped and wondered, “Is this just mere coincidence?” Many in the Beliefnet community are sharing their stories of interesting moments when they felt God winked at them. […]

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? […]

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 […]

David Letterman and Other Hot Topics

posted by sameen

People are talking about David Letterman getting married this week. Another Hot Topic is the Nightline Debate: Does Satan Exist discussion on the Christianity debate board. If something lighter is more to your liking, here Beliefnet members share compelling and […]

New Member: Children’s Hope Chest

posted by brobb

Since 1993, Children’s Hope Chest has helped over 10,000 orphans in Russia, Swaziland, and South Africa. The organization offers food, clothing, medical care, and school supplies to the poorest of the poor–children in extreme poverty. Check out Children’s Hope Chest’s […]

Have You Met These Members?

posted by lmarcus

Beliefnet Community is home to a wide variety of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Meet a few of them: Mandalawind “I am a mandala artist – Mandalas have been a literal life saver for me, keeping […]

Member Spotlight: Nay_ho_tze

posted by lmarcus

Meet Nay_ho_tze. She’s interested in astrology, angels, meditation, animals, and holistic living. Her heroes are Khalil Gibran and the Dalai Lama. She’s a hugely active member of the community, running the Depression Support Gameland group where members play games and […]

Member Spotlight: Journals Worth Reading

posted by lmarcus

Chicoryhill’s Journal Reflections and comments on the Thanksgiving season. Autumnbeth’s Journal The ongoing musings of a busy mom and spiritual seeker. Ajahn Patisallano’s Journal A Buddhist monk journals about lovingkindness, meditation, and more.

Member Spotlight: shaner

posted by lmarcus

In 2000, shaner, aka Sandy, lost her youngest son, 24-year-old Shane. A devout Catholic, she joined Beliefnet as a way to cope with her loss. Even her user name was chosen to honor her son. She started this prayer circle […]

Member Spotlights: Journals Worth Reading

posted by lmarcus

Have you explored any of Beliefnet’s member journals? Journals, like blogs, are where individual Beliefnet members can write about whatever they’re interested in. Here are a couple of the journals that have caught our eye recently: Wrenblue’s Journal Wrenblue is […]

Member Spotlight: Spiritalk

posted by lmarcus

Meet Spiritalk. She has been a Beliefnet member since 1999, which is the year our site launched. In her offline life, she’s a minister who lives in Etobicoke, Ontario. On her Beliefnet profile page, she says, “I am an Ordained […]

Member Spotlight: RangerKen

posted by lmarcus

Every week on Beliefnet we spotlight someone from our community who has made waves, helped and inspired others, or done something new. This week, it wasn’t difficult to choose someone–we had gotten several emails urging us to highlight RangerKen. He’s […]

Member Spotlight: DAH54

posted by lmarcus

The new Beliefnet Community is a really exciting way for us to learn more about our users. Instead of just seeing your latest posts, we can see your profiles, view pictures you’ve posted, learn about your interests, and more. On […]

Member Spotlight: JumboJava

posted by lmarcus

Meet JumboJava Many people come to Beliefnet in a time of trial, asking others to pray for them. They then stick around and return the favor, praying for other members. But few make the kind of impression JumboJava has made. […]

Member Spotlight: Ayelet2

posted by lmarcus

Meet Ayelet2 Many people come to Beliefnet’s message boards looking for hope and solace. In 2006, a member of Beliefnet’s Mormon community was upset about having a disability and not owning a car to get around. Enter Ayelet2, a regular […]

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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