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Mini-Rituals for Critical Thinkers

In my community, I facilitate a Listening Circle for Freethinkers. I’d like to have opening and closing “rituals”, or a brief ceremony, for our meetings. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Give me your best NON-RELIGIOUS wedding readings

I'm looking for a short reading for our wedding that we can ask an athiest friend of ours to read. Other portions of the ceremony will contain religious elements, but we don't want to ask him to read anything that might make him feel uncomfortable or awkward. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Mar 25, 2015 - 29 answers

How do we tell his family that we are having a secular wedding?

My fiance and I are both atheists with strong antitheist views. We're getting married in November and want something that represents us. His family, however, is extremely religious (Baptist) and will have certain expectations of us; they don't easily take no for an answer. What is the best way to balance the two worlds? [more inside]
posted by DriftingLotus on Feb 8, 2015 - 30 answers

Converting from atheism to religion

I've been basically a lifelong atheist, but a small part of me is extremely tempted by some of the more comforting aspects of various religions (such as the idea of an afterlife). But the logical part of me just can't bring myself to seriously believe in things for which there is no evidence. I am interested in hearing stories of people who have gone from being firmly atheist to accepting religion later in life, and how they were able to do so without cognitive dissonance. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Nov 13, 2014 - 34 answers

One nation [BRIEF PAUSE] with liberty and justice for all.

My kindergartener's class has started learning the Pledge of Allegiance. I told him he could stay silent during the "under God" part. Am I being too strident? Would there have been a better way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 25, 2014 - 50 answers

What happens when an atheist dies? Like, practically-speaking?

Where do atheist funerals/memorial services take place, and who, if anyone, officiates? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on May 15, 2014 - 32 answers

OMG = Oh My (not God)?

I'm an atheist with a God problem. My exclamations of surprise, disgust and frustration usually take the form of "Oh my God" or "Jesus Christ!" or "Holy shit". I want to find some new - preferably safe for work and young ears - versions of my favorite exclamations that have the same import and emphasis that I so enjoy from the current ones. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Mar 25, 2014 - 132 answers

AA for atheist

Atheist and alcoholic I need to seek support from AA. Please interpret aspects of the higher power stuff in a way that is not cognitively dissonancing for someone who has no belief in a deity. I know there are other options for "rational" alcoholics but my circumstances and location make AA the best option. Feel free to include scripts and behaviours for me to respectfully avoid participating in group prayer (and hand holding - im really uncomfortable with touching strangers) without drawing excessive notice to myself. I am in Australia which is not overtly religious but the two AA meetings I have been to previously (and will be attending) included a prayer, and people who explicitly said they were not religious but recommended the higher power as crucial in their sobriety.
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 31 answers

Make life better for non-religious people in the US

I want to become a regular donor to an organization that is working to make being nonreligious more acceptable in society. Can you suggest one? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Aug 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Loneliness and OKCupid, part 2

A few weeks ago I, a hetero male in his early 30s, asked about dating and using OKCupid with some restrictions: no kids, no religion, no alcohol being the main ones. This is a follow-up to that AskMe, but going beyond OKCupid. [more inside]
posted by moonlit walk on the sun on Jun 8, 2013 - 70 answers

Should I take Yom Kippur as a floating holiday at work when I'm an atheist?

I have the option of taking Yom Kippur off as a floating holiday. (The other option at my company for a floating holiday is Good Friday.) I'm an atheist. Is it disrespectful to take this day off when I'm not Jewish? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Sep 25, 2012 - 39 answers

Pick a god, any god

Why is it that many devout religious people are tolerant of other faiths that completely contradict their own, but fear and mistrust atheists? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Aug 7, 2012 - 57 answers

What's the deal with meditation?

How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 29 answers

Looking for non-religious volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area

What kinds of volunteer work could I do that might give opportunities to get to know others, particularly in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

I confirm that this is a sticky situation!

What should I get my sister for her (Roman Catholic) confirmation? Wrinkle: I'm an atheist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 31 answers

Explaining death to baby atheists

Atheist families: how have you talked about death with your small children? [more inside]
posted by xo on Apr 3, 2012 - 29 answers

Church for Atheists

Where can I find the community aspect of a church without any religion whatsoever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 - 41 answers

Losing my (lack of) religion

Former Christian, happily married to a lifelong atheist for over two decades, considering returning to church. Very apprehensive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Help Us Pick A Non-Religious Name for a Boy.

We're having a boy But we can't think of a name! As we're both atheists, we'd like a name that is not at all religious. There's extra points if you can come up with a science connection and triple bonus points if it's more difficult for other kids to make fun of. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 11, 2011 - 115 answers

FSM prop

I'd like to make a giant prop Flying Spaghetti Monster for my school's atheist student group, to present during the fall organization fair. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Apr 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a House of non-Worship

I would like to belong to a church. Except, you know, without all that annoying God stuff. Where do I find one? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 10, 2011 - 40 answers

what to say for atheist wedding?

wedding filter: we have our officiant, but what do we want him to say? the catch - we are the most non-religious people ever. halp! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jan 9, 2011 - 26 answers

interfaith for the faithful and faithless

Are there any organizations, non-profits, etc. that support or encourage building relationships and positive dialogue between atheists/agnostics and various religious groups? Like interfaith organizations, but including the faithless.
posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Atheist Substitute for the Bible?

What's a good atheist substitute for the Bible? I'm looking for something I can read periodically that encourages me to step back from all of the hecticness, and to think about how to lead a good life and how to be a good person. It doesn't have to be infallible, just something that helps me to think about what's important. Accumulated wisdom, explained simply, is a bonus. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Oct 17, 2010 - 84 answers

Non-Religious Monastery-Like Living?

Are there monastic type orders that are not affiliated with religions? [more inside]
posted by Inkoate on Oct 13, 2010 - 19 answers

How can I make everyone feel welcome during an opening invocation prayer?

How can I make everyone - people of faith and atheists alike - feel welcome during an invocation prayer? [more inside]
posted by elmer benson on Sep 30, 2010 - 65 answers

Can they stay, with only one to pray?

What is the divorce rate for interfaith marriages? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Suggest some great films with an atheist, agnostic or secular connection

I'm in search of suggestions for films which would interest an audience of atheists, agnostics, and secularists. [more inside]
posted by larkery on Jan 11, 2010 - 36 answers

Need a quickie Bat Mitzvah

I need suggestions on having a Bat-Mitzvah for my kid with the least amount of religion and religious school possible. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 4, 2010 - 24 answers

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership.

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Nov 25, 2009 - 28 answers

how can we get married in OK without God?

We'd like to get married in Oklahoma, and we were hoping for a courtroom marriage for now with a big to-do later on, but it turns out that the state has stopped providing this service! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Help this struggling atheist get over her desire to believe.

After years of drifting along as a "spiritual but not religious" believer I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I'm not actually a believer at all. I am an atheist with a lingering but unwanted desire to believe and it is making me miserable. Can you help me move past this? [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Feb 6, 2009 - 77 answers

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Do atheists and agnostics put up Christmas trees? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Dec 7, 2008 - 78 answers

Atheist looking for inspiring -religion-free-please-!- references... (more inside)

Atheist looking for inspiring -religion-free-please-!- references... as long as they don't involve any personified or anthropopmorphed Divinity. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on Nov 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me become the best atheist chaplain I can be.

Help me become the best atheist chaplain I can be. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Sep 1, 2008 - 21 answers

A grey wedding?

Anyone ever heard of a wedding that was a cross between an atheist and a Christian ceremony? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2008 - 34 answers

Where are the real militant atheists?

Are there any true "militant atheism" organizations or "preachers" out there? I mean real extremist atheism? Like "Death to all believers" type extreme? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Aug 9, 2008 - 58 answers

eBay shipper sent me a religious tract - should I note this in feedback?

An eBay purchase just arrived. I have no complaint at all about the item, and it was shipped quickly. The seller included a religious tract in the package, though, which bugs me. I would like to note this in the feedback, politely, as a negative. It seems reasonable to note something about the transaction that I disliked, but worry that it may not be worth the potential hassle. [more inside]
posted by Cranialtorque on Jul 26, 2008 - 82 answers

Converting to Judaism, but secular / atheist?

Converting to Judaism, but secular / atheist? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Jul 25, 2008 - 52 answers

Stuck between Rev and a hard place

Again, my childhood reverend is trying to convince me to be religious. How do I deal with him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2008 - 34 answers

The Picky Introvert's Guide to Making Friends?

I'm a male introvert with very, very few close friends. I can make casual friends no problem, but I'm rather particular about the type of people I'd want to be serious friends with. Difficulty: I'm an atheist liberal eco-friendly vegetarian tech nerd who doesn't drink, smoke, or do drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2008 - 50 answers


Atheism filter: How do you deal with the awkward un-comfortableness and sense of betrayal when someone indicates complete non-belief is cuckoo, or inherently immoral? This sort of statement is never made with malice in mind, but it hurts my feelings. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Feb 12, 2008 - 77 answers

How can this pilgrim acquire faith?

Please help this petty agnostic acquire faith in a higher power. [more inside]
posted by mr_book on Feb 10, 2008 - 71 answers

Are there any terms for "atheism" or "irreligious" that aren't negative?

Are there any terms for "atheism" or "irreligious" that aren't negative? That is, don't mean that someone is "not a believer." It doesn't matter what language the terms are in or if they're archaic or coinages that never took root. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jan 22, 2008 - 46 answers

Hold the prayer and pass the potatoes

How do I respectfully yet firmly request that a member of my extended family not say a prayer before a meal in my home? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Dec 24, 2007 - 88 answers

Christian treacle

How should I respond to syrupy Christian emails? [more inside]
posted by levijk on Nov 24, 2007 - 53 answers

Help an atheist make a reading list.

Help me find some good atheist reading materials for my birthday. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Nov 6, 2007 - 31 answers

Conduct at for a ceremony at a church I left?

How do I conduct myself at an important family function in a church I left on a sour note? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2007 - 26 answers

Equally Yoked

How any have mefites in christian-atheist relationships and marriages fared? What advice do you have? What do you think about 2 Corinthians 6:14-15? I'm atheist and my fiancée is Christian. We both feel strongly about our beliefs, our love, and respect for one another. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Apr 10, 2007 - 72 answers

What is involved in a Catholic wedding couples consultation?

Pre-marriage Catholic priest consultation - what to expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2007 - 29 answers

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