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August 19

How do you get the most from Al Anon when some of it isn't your thing?
Hi, I go for periods and first went a few years ago. Sometimes I feel a real sense of camaraderie/connection and take away useful insights, at others I feel I am being a bit indoctrinated (a BIG no no for me) by a theory I have questions and concerns about. I'm an athiest and so the higher power talk can be awkward for me, but it's totally not my only issue. [more inside]
posted by tanktop at 3:04 AM - 11 answers

August 10

Recommendations for diverse Christian churches in Tricities, Washington?
My wife and I are relocating to Tricities, Washington, for a new job at Pacific Northwest National Lab. Our Christian faith is really important to us and we're looking for recommendations for culturally diverse, Spirit-led churches. We're coming from a smaller church, so I think we'd prefer something along the same lines, and we'd like to find opportunities to serve. Does anyone have recommendations for the area? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani at 1:24 PM - 1 answers

August 8

Buddhist baby blessing
A couple of weeks ago, my newborn son and I received a blessing from a Buddhist monk, in hospital here in the UK. He recited some words to each of us in a foreign language, and then tied yellow threads on our wrists. I would love to know what the words meant, and the significance of the thread, if anyone knows? Thanks!
posted by prune at 2:11 AM - 1 answers

August 2

Life's Little Luxuries?
I'm looking to raise my game in all sorts of areas and seeking advice on the things you've invested time and money in that lift your life out of the ordinary... [more inside]
posted by Caskeum at 10:09 AM - 44 answers

Can you recommend a substitute for a hairshirt?
I seek to be a constant (low-level) state of pain and discomfort. Hairshirts, though, seem unhygienic, difficult to purchase, and likely to fall apart. Can anybody recommend a good substitute? Thanks. (Spiritual reasons.)
posted by Opengreen at 6:59 AM - 18 answers

August 1

And what do we say when He sneezes?
Some prayers invoke blessings on God. Is there a theological justification for this, or is it a translation error? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 4:41 AM - 13 answers

Beautiful, meditative books for a godless twelve stepper
I'm looking for spiritual but not religious books on recovery in the AA tradition. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 4:40 AM - 11 answers

July 20

Help me put together a secular/humanist baby naming ceremony
Baby WanKenobi will be six months old on Saturday, and we're finally giving her a Hebrew name. Help us make our backyard ceremony cool without getting too God-ish. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:26 AM - 16 answers

July 4

Buddhist Blogs
Can you recommend some good blogs with a Buddhist perspective? [more inside]
posted by meese at 10:55 PM - 12 answers

July 2

Seeking faith as an atheist.
I've been an atheist for most of my life. I've never been to a formal church service outside of a wedding or a funeral. Recently I've realized that I politically agree with the leftist interpretation of the teachings of Christ. I still don't believe in the supernatural aspects of the Christian faith. Would it be wrong for me to seek out a left leaning sect like Unitarians? I'm worried that this is, at the very least, intellectually dishonest to my own beliefs, and more likely, selfish for the church I'd pursue. I'm looking for guidance on how to proceed. I apologize if I've offended the faithful with a misunderstanding of their beliefs. Part of my desire for this is that of community and connection with fellow left leaning folks.
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM - 41 answers

June 29

Change & Drawing from Within
I was curious as to what others have done when they are not sure as to what they need to change to make their lives better? I am a big believer in therapy but it is also very problem oriented and can focus too much on deficits. I guess what I'm asking is how do you know what you need to change in your life? How do you know if you have fallen off the path of what you need to do in your life? [more inside]
posted by nidora at 5:08 PM - 5 answers

Progressive religiousish communities in NYC?
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). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 8:11 AM - 12 answers

June 19

Please recommend a short piece I can recite at a Winter Solstice party.
I've been invited to a Winter Solstice party and the host would like me to participate by reciting a poem or short written piece. My muse has deserted me so I can't write anything at the moment. What would be a good piece to share?
posted by h00py at 7:35 AM - 14 answers

June 13

How to respond to Mars exploration vs feed the hungry?
Today, I was enthusing about a photograph from the surface of Mars, and a friend responded along the following lines: "I find it hard to get excited about it when there are so many starving people here on Earth. We should fix our own problems before exploring other planets." How could I have responded? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:30 AM - 39 answers

June 4

Church tax on income - consistent with the bible?
I'm not religious, but would like to know whether the enforcement of a tax on income by the church in some countries - normally around 1% - is consistent with the bible.
posted by devnull at 1:21 AM - 14 answers

May 29

Calling all medievalists! The Tree of the Seven Deadly Sins
I had a particularly useful version of this in a book some years ago while teaching a class on Chaucer's The Merchant's Tale. It was an (I think) early monochrome block-print of a tree with the peripheral twigs and branches taking one from multiple minor indiscretions to the core seven branches of the deadly sins. For example the twig of impatience might lead to the the branch of wrath. Google image search is not throwing up the detailed "mind-map" tree I recall. It may have been a more modern representation/interpretation of the idea.
posted by Hugobaron at 11:22 AM - 3 answers

Being Inclusive of All Religions in Girl Scout Troop
How to deal with a member of my daughter's girl scout troop whose religious beliefs make it difficult to engage in regular group activities? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller at 6:15 AM - 48 answers

May 28

Introductory history of Western philosophy & thought?
I'm looking for a good overview of Western philosophy for beginners. [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 6:51 AM - 15 answers

May 22

"To own a book is to want a shelf..."
I'm trying to find any record of a saying I once heard attributed to St. Francis of Assisi; it goes something like, "To own a book is to want a shelf to put it on; to own a shelf is to want a room to put the shelf in; to own a room is to want a house; to own a house"...etc., my memory is very vague after this point. Anyone heard something like this before?
posted by daisystomper at 8:40 PM - 4 answers

May 8

Where to speak about new philosophies?
Suppose you had new philosophical and/or religious ideas meant to be taken seriously. Suppose they were relatively unaffiliated with any particular religious community or conventional academic conversation. Suppose you were not a celebrity. Where, particularly in New York City, would be places open to new speakers with these kinds of ideas? Where might sophisticated, sympathetic, open-minded audiences be found?
posted by shivohum at 7:45 PM - 7 answers

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