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Cross-cultural relationship, family problems

We are planning a future together... If only my family would accept him in spite of his race and religion. Snowflakes entail. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2015 - 20 answers

Perfect storm of familial dysfunctionality--need solutions for sanity

Family dynamics are slowly driving me up the wall, but I can't bear to let things wind destructively. How can I cope without being caught in the storm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2015 - 13 answers

How do you deal with family-in-law that's in a cult?

Short version: my fiancé's family is involved in a cult. He left the cult while in college, but they don't know. Most people don't know, except me and a few other friends. He hasn't told his family that he left, and he says he never will. My question is, what do we do when/if they want us to be more involved in their lives, without either getting involved in the cult or letting it slip that we're not part of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2014 - 43 answers

Which way past this impasse?

How do I reconcile my parents and my fiance? Should I even try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 25 answers

How do I protect my possibly developmentally-challenged brother in law who is intent on getting married to someone we barely know?

I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Dad, you shouldn't have! Really...

So, my father wrote a book. He may even have had it self-published. I'm proud of him, but since the subject matter involves his religious beliefs which I do not share, I don't really want to read it and I certainly don't want to talk to him about it. He fed-exed one of the first copies to me. What are my polite, respectful options here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 - 23 answers

How can I gracefully set boundaries with conservative/religious parents when I no longer share their beliefs?

I want to move in with my partner and move on with my life, but I'm stuck in needing approval from parents with beliefs I can't agree with. How can I handle this in a kind but firm manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 28 answers

Is this "blessing" offensive and racist?

Is my in-laws' blessing as offensive as I think it is? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 53 answers

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

"Mom, Dad, I'm... an atheist"

Looking for personal stories from those who had to 'come out' as no longer sharing the religious beliefs of their loved ones - especially when there's a significant other involved. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 27 answers

Religion in the home: how much is too much?

If you come from a religious family but are no longer religious yourself: what sort of spiritual upbringing did you have? Did any factors in your home religious life contribute to your decision to leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 - 70 answers

Am I a Catholic bastard?

So I talk to my mother this evening on the phone and she was telling me that she went to confession for the first time in 20 years. (I will provide relevant religious background in a moment. Swears.) I had thought since she had reaffirmed her faith nearly a decade ago that she had been doing this, but hey, no big deal. Good for her! Apparently the priest asked if she was married in the eyes of the Church and she replied, yes, my first marriage, but he left me and my second marriage, no, we haven't. The priest proceeds to tell my mother to call his secretary; why? He has said he will "exonerate" (his/mom's words, not mine) her first marriage and consecrate her current one. Again, this changes no feelings towards my mom and my stepdad (who is awesome on toast) by any means, but now I have to ask: Does this mean my mom (and my biological father's) marriage will be dissolved? Does this mean, in essence, theologically, my sister and I will be bastards? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Sep 4, 2010 - 10 answers

What can I find solace in?

I'm a non-religious male currently going through a really rough patch. I have no family or friends I can depend on. Is there something to lean on for comfort during this hard time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 42 answers

How do I celebrate a Messianic Hanukkah, while my family celebrates Xmas?

How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 15, 2008 - 46 answers

Worry about tomorrow today, or tomorrow?

Relationshipfilter: I'm agnostic. She's Christian. We've been dating for four months. We fit eachother well and are very happy together, but of course clash over our deeply-held ideologies. Should we worry about the ideological clashes now, or be happy with eachother now and worry about how to raise the kids if/when we have kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2007 - 76 answers

A sad coming-out story

I'm dealing with the fallout from coming out to my deeply religious immediate family. For years, I had prepared for their tears, their anger, their remonstrances, their appeals to the Bible, and all of those have come. What I hadn't prepared for was how disappointed I would be, and how fundamental and lonely that disappointment would be. Help? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 16, 2007 - 38 answers

The link between Mormons and genealogy

I'm quite ignorant about religion in general, but: Why are Mormons so into genealogy? [more inside]
posted by Harry on Apr 27, 2007 - 19 answers

Giving the gift of dogma.

Fundy-In-Law-Filter: My husband's sister and her husband are hard-core evangelical fundamentalists. We are liberal Episcopalians. This causes a problem every Christmas. What do you say when you get a gift that was clearly meant to make a point? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Dec 27, 2005 - 84 answers

Interfaith Holiday

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching as we all know. My fiancee is Muslim, and we have always celebrated religious holidays separately. This year, I would like him to be a part of the family celebration. For my family it is more of a family bonding time (and become more of an American Tradition) than a religious event. If I'm correct, the celebration of Christmas is for the birth of Jesus. From what my fiancee has told me of Muslims, they believe in Jesus as a prophet, but have many differences in beliefs from Christians overall about who he was.

So would there be a debate between the two religions over the actual birth of Jesus (how he was conceived, is he the son of God....etc.) that would be conflicting for him to join us for dinner and this particular holiday itself? I want to be well informed when talking to him about it, and try to find a way to celebrate the holiday.
posted by Gooney on Dec 8, 2004 - 20 answers

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