A man praying over the Bible
September 19th, 2019

Economists can apparently put a price tag on anything. A recent study found that Christians will pay just over $7 to receive a prayer from a priest. However, atheists will actually pay money to avoid being prayer for. The survey epitomizes the debate that pops up every time disaster strikes: Are thoughts and prayers actually helpful, or just an empty gesture? Continue reading

Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson
September 6th, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson sparked a fierce online debate earlier this week when she posted on Twitter urging her fellow Americans to pray and visualize Hurricane Dorian changing direction. “Millions of us seeing Dorian turn away from land is not a wacky idea; it is a creative use of the power of the mind,” she wrote. Continue reading

A Muslim man praying on Friday for Jummah
July 22nd, 2019

A Muslim group is calling for time off work every Friday afternoon for Muslim workers to partake in their mandatory prayers. That may be a hard sell in the United States, where some employers already struggle to reasonably accommodate Muslim employees’ religious needs. Continue reading

Letter received from Nashville church
March 28th, 2019

A Nashville-based church passed out cards with the names and addresses of local residents and instructed congregants to pray for, and then write a letter to, the individuals on the card. Not everyone appreciated the gesture. Continue reading

Dove carrying peace symbol
February 14th, 2019

A guest writer to the ULC blog encourages fellow ministers to join in regular spiritual gatherings to promote a peaceful future. Continue reading

Prayer circle on a football field
January 9th, 2019

Praying for a last-second Hail Mary throw from the sidelines? Not so fast, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. An Indiana high school is under scrutiny for encouraging football players to pray. Continue reading

Susan Orfanos, mother of mass shooting victim
November 9th, 2018

A heartbreaking interview has gone viral featuring a mother whose son survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas, only to be gunned down in Thousand Oaks. “I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control,” she said. Continue reading

Mobile Mosque in Japan
August 20th, 2018

Responding to concerns about a shortage of prayer facilities for Muslims during the Olympics, Japan has created the world’s first mosque on wheels. Will this technology soon spread worldwide? Continue reading

Yellow school bus
April 25th, 2018

A 54-year-old Minnesota school bus school bus driver was yanked from his route after it was discovered that he regularly led students in prayer during the two-hour drive. The driver, George Nathaniel, admitted that his ultimate goal is to convert children to Christianity. Continue reading

News headlines in the aftermath of the Texas church shooting
November 9th, 2017

26 churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas were slaughtered when a gunman entered the building and opened fire. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting online conversations were dominated not by the topic of gun control, but prayer. Continue reading