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“Prayer and Illness: Evidence-Informed Reflections” – Elizabeth Johnston Taylor

Date: September 12, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Johnston Taylor

Position: Professor of Nursing, Loma Linda University School of Nursing

Topic: “Prayer and Illness: Evidence-Informed Reflections”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 63

Presentation: Beth provided four definitions of prayer and statistics showing that women, minorities, Protestants, older, poorer, married & conservative Americans pray most often & that 70%-90% in U.S. believe prayer improves health. She cited numerous studies (1999-2015) on prayer for the sick, some with positive & others with equivocal results. Prayer does seem to decrease pain perception, fatigue, inflammatory markers, anger & aggression & increase resilience & emotional wellbeing. Recent studies show that trust-based prayer, a positive, loving image of God, support from others, gratitude, adoration, & confession bring better psychological health & less depression

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