Progressive religiousish communities in NYC?
June 29, 2014 8:11 AM Subscribe
Someone I know who is about to graduate from college would like to participate in a religious community in some way and is interested in exploring hyper-progressive religious institutions in New York City (if any exist).
posted by DMelanogaster to Religion & Philosophy (12 answers total)
This person has some family ties to Judaism (although has never really participated aside from the occasional casual seder, e.g. he did not have a bar mitzvah) and is somewhat interested in exploring that faith, but he's also interested in Buddhism (probably Zen but Tibetan isn't ruled out either) or any other religion, if the community is "right").
This may seem silly if you believe that a person "is" a Jew or a Buddhist or a Catholic, but this young person is more interested in religion and God in a more general sense (he has studied philosophy and is also a fan of Alan Watts and the psychedelic crew of the 60's) and wants something "more" in his life -- but he could not tolerate any sort of close-mindedness that might be found in an average dogmatic religious institution.
I have a feeling that the secularism of e.g. ethical culture would not appeal to him, though. He's interested in belief systems that acknowledge God and the metaphysical (and that do not reduce it to "science", e.g. the workings and needs of the human brain), while welcoming new members into a warm community.