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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.




It is that time of year again, and we are so excited to announce our third annual Scholarship Competition! This year we are able to offer two scholarships to two members of the high school Class of 2020, due to some tireless fundraising efforts by our Board of Directors. The first prize will be a $1500.00 Award, and the second prize will be a $1000.00 Award. At Prayer Soup, our mission is to get everyone talking and thinking about prayer, so there are no economic, gender, ethnic, religious or academic requirements for this scholarship. We want to hear from everyone! Please be sure to scroll down to our Making Soup section for the theme of this year’s contest, and to the Rules for Submission for 2020 Scholarship section at the bottom of the website page for further information. Good luck to all!






our activism

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 info@prayersoup.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!

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Making Soup


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! 

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I’ve started taking a Christian meditation class at my Catholic Church, which has turned into a pleasant surprise for me. I can actually feel the love of God filling up my heart as I do it, giving me a feeling of unconditional love. This in turn inspires me to approach others with this same love and acceptance.
— Deborah S., Florida

I learned from both my favorite acting teacher and my closest spiritual mentor that when we embody the courage to express ourselves from exactly where we are, a pathway opens; my personal heart seems to connect to the Heart I know I share with the rest of the world.
— Jeff C., New York

People often talk about prayer as something one ‘does’ but I feel it is more of an attitude toward life and daily living. It doesn’t occur to me to ask for specific things, and I don’t direct it out to anyone; I am aware of being in partnership with a divine energy that I refer to as the Holy Spirit.
— David J., Massachusetts

One day my father told me that people would finally know God when He visited His Wrath on them. I said, ‘Oh, Daddy, I will know God when my tomatoes come up.
— Annette R., Oregon
Art is my deepest prayer.
— Sheila P., North Carolina
I close my eyes and breathe. This is how I begin my meditation session each day. I never considered meditation a form of prayer but now I realize that while meditation is not like the prayer that requests help from outside oneself, it is the kind of prayer that provides care of the soul - attending to one’s quiet and unquestionable inner knowledge.
— Rachel N., Washington

Every experience is a doorway.
Some have hidden handles.
Some no handles at all.
Those open themselves to you.
But you must knock, knock, knock knock until they answer.
— Jonathan J., New York

One of the disciplines of building a rich soul life seems to be the simple act, on a daily basis, of remembering what is most important to us.
— David Whyte, Poet
I am a ‘woman of a certain age’ and I have been praying in the traditional way all my life. I’ve had prayers answered, and I’ve had prayers not answered. But I’ve always felt more peaceful when I’ve done it. And that’s a kind of answer, isn’t it?
— Ann W., Connecticut

I’m not a religious person but sometimes clients tell me that they will pray for me. I never knew what they actually meant when they said that but now I’m going to ask!
— Deborah H., New Jersey

  Rules for the 2020 Scholarship Contest: All high school seniors in the Class of 2019-1920 in good standing, and who expect to graduate in 2020 may apply. There are no economic, ethnic, gender, religious or academic requirements for applicants. Scholarship awards will go directly to the schools where the winners have been accepted, and chosen to attend, upon graduation from high school. All schools of higher education accredited in the United States that require a high school diploma are eligible. Applicants are required to submit a written essay between 600 -1200 words, describing a personal prayer experience and its impact on a significant theme in their personal life experience, including, but not limited to gun violence, school shootings, immigration, climate change, gender and economic disparity, bullying or evolving sexual mores. Essays must be submitted in the form of a Word Document as an attachment to an e-mail and sent to info@prayersoup.org.  Any essays that are included in the body of the e-mail will be disqualified. There can be no identifying information in the essay. Identifying information can only be included in the e-mail itself and must include Applicant’s Name, Mailing Address, E-mail Address, Contact Phone Number, the name of the High School currently attended, and how the Applicant heard about the scholarship. The judging of these essays is “blind” so any essay that contains any identifying information will be disqualified. Applicants will receive an ID number for their essay in an e-mail. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. EST. Winners will be selected and notified in March 2020. The decisions of the judges are final. All essays become the property of Prayer Soup, Inc.


Prayer Soup Scholarships


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We are pleased to announce that we have received enough donations to award two scholarships this year! Prayer Soup depends on donations to continue its mission. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, as designated by the IRS. If last year’s contest is any indication, we will have trouble selecting only two winners from the amazing group of essays we expect to receive. We hope to apply current donations to additional scholarships and honorariums this year. Every additional donation goes straight into the Scholarship account!