In recent years, the practices of prayer have been evolving for many religious traditions. Even western medicine is looking at prayer as it expands its concept of healing. In this program, we consult several people from a variety of practices about the role of prayer in their lives.
is professor of church history at Emory University, Atlanta, on the ancient practices of prayer in everyday life
is medical director at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing, on the promises and limitations of the use of intercessory prayer in medicine
is executive director of the Baraka Pastoral Counseling Center in Maryland, on how and why prayer improves the outcomes of mental health care, especially in African-American communities
a sitarist, on Hindu chant and prayer to many Gods
author and acclaimed translator of sacred texts, on "non-religious" prayer
a poet, on his Centering Prayer, a Christian contemplative practice akin to meditation