Author: Dr. Megan Ruth Visser
Question | If praying for other people improves your chances of survival with a long-term illness, but only if you pray for people you know, how do community ties influence spiritual coping?
A new study from the Journal of Religion and Health found that people with HIV who prayed for other people that they knew were twice as likely to survive over 17 years compared to those who did not pray for people they knew.
Dissertation | “How Connected is This Heart?”: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Women of Color with Heart Disease
Religion/spirituality may be as complex a characteristic as race, culture, age, sexuality, gender, or socioeconomic status. Yet, religion/spirituality is not frequently included in sociological analysis with these other factors. For Women of Color who are dealing with chronic conditions, such as heart disease, religion/spirituality is both a health resource and an important facet of daily…