Do you talk with God?

With the release this Friday of the movie “Conversations with God,”:http://www.cwgthemovie.com/ the popular religion website “Beliefnet.com”:http://www.beliefnet.com/ asked its users in a survey about their conversations with God.

Here’s their findings (taking into account that their users are people to whom religion and spirituality are important):

— 97% talk to God

— Over 90% believe God speaks to them

— Only 1.5% speak to God in church or their house of worship

— Only 2.5 percent say they think God is “more accessible” in a house of worship

— Less than one percent feel that clergy have “better access” to God than anyone else.

The movie is based on the story of Neale Donald Walsch, who has written a series of best-selling books about, what else, his conversations with God. BeliefNet offers an “excerpt”:http://www.beliefnet.com/story/146/story_14648_1.html from one of Walsch’s books, “Tomorrow’s God.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.