February 4, 2001
Given what President Bush is doing to the separation of church and state, a prayer is about all our Constitution is going to have left. GARY GARSHFIELD Irvine
March 16, 2013
Re "A new world pope," March 14 When I was confirmed, I chose Francis as my confirmation name. I was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and his example of peaceful humility and service. Unfortunately, the church would not allow me a male name, and I had to settle for Frances, the feminine form. I have always considered St. Francis my role model. I pray that Pope Francis not only leads a more forward-thinking church but also a forward-moving one, modeled in his namesake's grace.
August 4, 2010
Can prayer boost the odds of recovery from physical ailments? Studies on the question have yielded no clear-cut answers, although one well-known, 2006 study of people who prayed for others from long distances concluded that prayer had no effect on healing. A new study, however, found dramatic healing effects for people who were prayed over by someone in close physical proximity and who believed that this kind of prayer could heal them. This type of prayer, which often includes the healer laying hands on the patient, is practiced by some Pentecostal Christian groups.
March 28, 2013 |
Once again Lancaster has been vindicated - or "blessed," as the city's press release put it - by a court ruling upholding its practice of opening City Council meetings with a prayer. On Tuesday, a federal appellate court affirmed a district court ruling that a single reference to Jesus Christ in an invocation did not violate the constitutional separation of church and state. But regardless of what the courts say about its legality, opening council meetings with a prayer is inappropriate, and it should stop.
January 22, 1991
Students at CEDARVILLE COLLEGE in southwestern Ohio have created a "wall of prayer" to honor military personnel involved in Operation Desert Storm. Students at the Baptist collage and area residents submit soldiers' names, which are affixed to a wall of the school's chapel. The names are assigned to individual students, who pray for the soldiers, write letters and send packages.
November 9, 2012 |
Citing what he perceives as an Obama administration “war on coal,” an Ohio coal mining executive and prominent Republican donor responded to the results of the presidential election by laying off more than 150 workers. Robert Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Co., the largest privately held coal company in America, blamed the layoffs on President Obama -- and, by extension, the voters who elected him -- in a memo to employees. “The American people have made their choice,” Murray said in what he called a prayer that he delivered at a staff meeting at which he discussed the layoffs.