Above All, We Want to Be Healed

| 3/13/2008 2:09:11 PM

prayer boardThe interfaith organization Unity prays 24-7 for anyone who requests it—and of two million annual requests, 30 percent are for “healing” reports Spirituality & Health (free registration required). Healing includes physical, emotional, and spiritual repair, so it’s hardly shocking that it ranks as most-popular petition. All the same, higher-minded pursuits do seem to weigh more heavily among our prayer-time priorities: Appeals for “divine order” snag 9 percent of requests, whereas “peace of mind” grabs 5.6 percent. The more material pursuits of “prosperity” and “success/achievement” account for only 3 and 2.9 percent respectively.

Julie Hanus

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Connie Sexton
3/25/2008 11:09:58 AM

I've always found the people at Unity's prayerline to be amazingly supportive. I do not remember being put on hold, but maybe I was just lucky. And I never felt they were just reading from a script (although I suspect they have standard written responses to the standard problems) but listening to me and helping me top get over myself for a few minutes. And they do ask for your name and address so they can send you literature, but I don't remember them ever asking me right then for a donation. In any event I always feel better after talking to them and when I have money, I give them some, thankfully.

3/21/2008 3:26:47 PM

I was on the board at my local Unity church after going to the church for 15 years; I was do disgusted by the behavior and the members of the board towards a parishioner they were trying to kick out of the church I quit the board and the church. The church was not being operated in my opinion in accordance the unity principles that I had heard preached there for years. I always liked the prayer line, though.

3/21/2008 11:42:07 AM

In response to Diana's post: There are many paths toward healing, and not every path will resonate with every person. What is interesting to me is how when a service is provided free, and at the end of the giving the recipient is asked if they might give a donation to support that same service being provided to others- that they manage to be offended.

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