Welcome to Prayer Soup!
Prayer Soup has been created to share the many ways we use the process called "prayer" to search for meaning. We want to present a nonreligious-specific, non-dogmatic forum for sharing our unique prayer experiences with others. We hope this process expands our understanding of prayer, and encourages us to discover the commonalities of prayer within the rich and diverse communities of our human family.
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
We are pleased to announce that we have chosen our winners for our Second Annual Scholarship! Due to some last minute fund raising, we were able to award scholarships and honorariums to five additional students. Every additional donation went straight into the Scholarship account!
As expected from our contest last year, the essays covered a wide range of religious and spiritual beliefs. And this year, our writers honored us by also sharing their experience of living through the horrors of school shootings themselves, or of living with the fear of gun violence finding its way to their schools every day. Students wrote about this, as well as the context of their lives which included the complete range of human experiences: illness, domestic violence, loss, friendship, family, community and school.
All of us are humbled and honored by the gift of these shared experiences from high school seniors all over the country. We agonized over choosing just one essay, when so many of them moved us, and taught us something about what it is like to be a teenager in America today. We are so grateful to the donors who responded to our pleas for more so that we could honor the effort and heart these kids put into this project. Thank you, everyone!
Our documentary on Millennials is in full swing! Did you know that research indicates that this group of young people (ages 22- 37) falls off the grid of traditional organizations/religions? Yet we know they are actively searching for meaning, purpose and connection. How are they doing that? Our documentary explores this and more. If you know a Millennial who has completed college but is not yet married or has children, and who would like to join the conversation, please have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. By providing a forum for articles, resources and user stories on experiences with prayer, we hope to create a platform that encourages people to think about and share their experiences with prayer in an expanded and inclusive way. Join us!
Food For Thought
We all know the magic that happens when someone adds a handful of this or a pinch of that to a recipe we’ve cooked for years. Combining ingredients we hadn’t thought of before helps us notice flavors and textures in a new way and opens us to delicious possibilities! We invite you to add your unique prayer ingredients to our pot!
We are delighted to be announcing the winners of our Second Annual Prayer Soup Scholarship! Our $1500.00 first prize goes to Samantha Grady of Coral Springs, Florida. Due to some additional fund raising, we are also able to award two $500.00 scholarships to “DY” of Kentucky, and Kieran Hogan of Pennsylvania. Our Board also wanted to honor three additional essays for excellence, awarding $100.00 honorariums to Shyan Koul of Massachusetts, Cara Wagner of Ohio, and Holland Dykstra of Minnesota. We will be publishing the winning essays throughout the year. Congratulations to all!
Prayer Soup Scholarships
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