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Personalized Worship

The trend toward having a home altar embraces old and new elements “” and many traditions

By Mary Otto

On a secondhand table in his apartment, Bill Janey keeps three worn Bibles, a vial of oil, a few photographs of friends, a tiny candle and a box containing a prayer list. Janey, a Pentecostalist, said he thinks of this spot as the bottom rung of his ladder to God.

Meggie Byrne meditates in the basement of her colonial house, in a rec room turned prayer room. Her shrine is a table draped in fabric and dominated by a burnished statue of Buddha and seven bowls, which she fills with water every morning as a reminder of Buddhism’s most profound teachings.

Read the original article at: Newsday

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