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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 on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

From Church to State to Corporation

I suspect this is a huge question with more than one answer, but… It has been decades since I read a book (article?) that laid out a theory of (let’s call them) epochs in civilization where the predominant force governing people’s lives were/are church, then state, then corporations. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp on Jul 13, 2014 - 7 answers

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 on Jun 4, 2014 - 14 answers

How to tactfully explain to people that I’m not straight?

I got married last year (!). My husband and I are both queer, and both have a history of same-sex relationships before we met one another. This hasn't caused any problems in our own relationship, but it’s causing some unexpected confusion at our LGBT-friendly church. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Chicago Churches

I am looking for a church in Chicago - one that meets a few particular requirements. [more inside]
posted by Ruby Me on Feb 18, 2014 - 6 answers

soup kitchen volunteers! can you lend me your recipes, menus, & advice?

I am part of a group that regularly gets together to cook and serve meals at a soup kitchen. Our amazing group leader of many years recently passed away very, very unexpectedly, and we have been struggling somewhat in his absence -- he always just kept everything in his head: set menus, what to buy and how much, where to get the best price on stuff, etc. Can you help us put everything back together? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Sunday Assembly?

Looking for a Church/not a church [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Disability questions

I am applying for disability and just received mail that informed be that I would have to have a mental and physical exam. I understand that this is the usual procedure. What I am not happy about is that my "mental exam" is taking place in a mega church. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2013 - 11 answers

My church, my taxes and me

I think my employer is doing something shady. I think it affects me. I am really upset and I don't know what to do. It's a tax question with an emotional backstory. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Oct 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Is it my place to be the one telling people about what this guy did?

I came across a news article that revealed that someone I used to be acquainted with was convicted for production and distribution of child pornography. He toured the churches of his denomination with a music group for many years. As a former member of that faith, with friends and family members still active, and someone who was not directly effected by what he did, is it my place to be the one let people people know about this? If so, what is an appropriate way to do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I get the text for live closed captioning for church sermons?

I have a church and they have a signer for the deaf. They have asked for live closed captioning, but they do not want to have someone type it in in real-time. Is there speech recognition software good enough for live speaking, or even something that handles closed caption-style graphics? Once I get the text, I can handle it from there with some kind of video overlay. Thanks!
posted by ostranenie on Sep 9, 2013 - 5 answers

WeddingFilter: Church Service Self-Invite?

Is someone 'allowed' to invite themselves to the church service of an acquaintance's wedding? Technically allowed, or socially allowed? Are church services 'open'? [Snowflakey fact scenario inside.] [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Aug 7, 2013 - 53 answers

What are (presumably) Catholic priests doing wearing robes in shades of

While on facebook, I saw a group photo of Catholic priests in India at St. Alphonsa's Tomb and Chapel, Bharananganam, Pala. While I am aware that it is the norm for Catholic priests in India (and some other countries considered tropical) to wear white cassocks as their street dress, and indeed, a number of the priests in the photograph were wearing them, there was something that was truly puzzling to me in spite of growing up Catholic and having attended mass and otherwise had contact with the Catholic church in two Asian countries, Japan and Thailand. In the picture of these priests gathered at this saint's tomb in southern India, there were some among them who were wearing robes or cassocks in shades of peach or puce, and light goldenrod. I have never seen priests dressed this way in any country, and I want to know if there is some special meaning to this. (For those who don't know about Catholicism, there is a lot of symbolic meaning attached to what priests and other members of the Catholic hierarchy wear, and why. There is actually a webforum devoted to people discussing what then-Pope Benedict was photographed wearing on public occasions and the philosophical and political implications of same). [more inside]
posted by bunky on Jul 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Does another recording of Steve Earle playing "Elijah's Church" exist?

Aside from the edited version that appears in Heartworn Highways and the much-better extended version that appears in the DVD extras and on the album, does any other recording of Steve Earle performing this phenomenal song exist? It seems hard to believe that a song this good would never have surfaced in another form at this point. I'll take anything, bootlegs, b-side, anything. I want this song, I need this song.
posted by nathancaswell on May 30, 2013 - 1 answer

Can a Person Practice Dianetics and Not be a Scientologist?

Here's what I'm wondering. I recently discovered that an old respected friend is studying to become a Dianetics Auditor. My friend had a rough patch a few years ago and ended up feeling happier after undergoing Dianetcs Auditing. Good for her, I say. All I know of the church makes it seem like a nonsensical cult-like place that takes your money, but she's happy. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 16, 2013 - 41 answers

Gospel music; white people

Working out how race factors in in this particular question I'm thinking about - details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Apr 20, 2013 - 15 answers

What isolated (canadian?) church was used in a horror movie?

I recall reading about a beautiful church that was built in a housing development. The development went bust, so the church was sitting isolated in a field. I want to say this was in Canada? I also seem to recall that it was used in a horror film for obvious reasons. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Apr 10, 2013 - 6 answers

I can't be Catholic any more.

Please give me advice on finding a new church. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 57 answers

Community/resources for the religious-but-not-churchy?

I’ve become a person of (some) faith in the past year, and my life has been better for it. But it feels lonely not to fit into either the secular or religious communities—I'm not far enough along the spectrum one way or the other. Is there any way I can meet other people in a similar place? (Sorry, a little long and snowflake-y.) [more inside]
posted by honey wheat on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Building a new (church) family in Charlotte

My family is nuts. The church I grew up in is nuts. My husband suffers from post-Southern Baptist stress disorder. Help us find a new (liberal) church home! [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Jan 7, 2013 - 28 answers

Why does my husband's baptism status matter to his ex-wife's current marriage?

My husband was married briefly and divorced over 20 years ago. Since then, his ex-wife has remarried, divorced again and recently remarried. My husband and his ex wife have had no contact since before the divorce. She has just (out of the blue) asked if my husband was baptized (he was not). She said she would need him to fill out some paperwork acknowledging that he hasn't been baptized so her new marriage is recognized in the Catholic church. Can someone explain what my husband's baptismal status has to do with her current marriage being recognized? They are divorced, there was one child born from their marriage. Could she be trying to have their marriage annulled?? [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Jan 1, 2013 - 18 answers

How do non-believing parents find a church for their kids?

How can we, as atheists, find a church for our children who want to attend? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Dec 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Where should I take my parents for church on Christmas Eve?

Where can I find a beautiful protestant Portland, Oregon, Christmas Eve service? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Dec 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture?

Is it possible to get liturgy without scripture? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Where's Caravaggio?

Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jun 22, 2012 - 11 answers

The mystery of the illegal church!

The building I live in is host to an illegal church. Help me figure out what kind it is! [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner on Jun 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for a very liberal church

A young woman of my acquaintance is looking for a church or possibly other religion. Preferably in or around Milwaukee, WI, but general suggestions are great too. She is looking for one that is gay-friendly, feminist, and sex-positive. What would you recommend?  
posted by Slinga on Mar 24, 2012 - 12 answers

What setting of the Magnificat is this? (from piano melody)

What setting of the Magnificat is this? I sang it when young but cannot identify it now - help! [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Mar 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Website CMS options for a religious organization?

What's the best CMS for a busy church with a bunch of committees full of non-technical people? Are there professional website maintenance companies that deal specifically with religious organizations? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 3, 2012 - 11 answers

The First Question of Ask Metafilter (because I say so)

Why do churches and banks -- and only churches and banks -- name themselves "The First X" or "The First X of Y"? Especially when it's obvious they're not actually the first X ever built in Y? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Would a church be interested in buying the .com & .net versions of their .org domain?

I am looking for advice about selling a domain name to a large church organization. [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

What's the best solution for online giving to a church?

What's a good service/setup for a church or non-profit to accept online donations? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Jan 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Gift for new ministers?

What does a new minister need to start their job? Stoles, robes, books? What has been helpful for you? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Jan 25, 2012 - 11 answers

The way things are going, they're gonna ...

Conversations with my Father-in-law have lead him to lose his faith in God. My mother-in-law is not coping well with this and blames me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Jan 5, 2012 - 26 answers

Who uses a cathedral as their parish church and why?

Why would a Catholic or Anglican choose to use a cathedral as their regular church over more geographically convenient parish churches? How would their religious and social experiences differ as a result?
posted by grouse on Jan 3, 2012 - 34 answers

Good preaching in NYC?

Where can I find really good preaching in New York? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Nov 9, 2011 - 8 answers

What to call a UU non-church.

What do you call a Unitarian Universalist church when you don't want to call it a church? [more inside]
posted by sarling on Nov 2, 2011 - 39 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

How do I deal with this person?

How to deal with borderline-inappropriate/socially inept parishioner at my job? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Sep 18, 2011 - 20 answers

Liberal Catholic Church In Houston? Is it possible?

Just moved to Houston; my girlfriend is looking for a Catholic church with liberal leanings - is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 - 8 answers

African-American church services in NYC

New York City MeFi: As a Canadian, I've watched a lot of American media. And from this media, I've become really interested in attending a (stereotypical) "American black church" service. It's stuck out to me as something really unique, something very Americana, and I would really like to be a part of it, at least once. (As for what I mean exactly by "stereotypical American black church", I'm don't quite know the precise words -- black gospel? Southern? Baptist? Additionally - if possible, I would love to witness the "whooping" style of preaching.) [more inside]
posted by demagogue on Jun 27, 2011 - 25 answers

What's it like to be a nun?

What's your nun story? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Jun 22, 2011 - 21 answers

church for an agnostic

What denomination or popular church is best fitted for my agnostic views in pasadena, ca? [more inside]
posted by digdan on Jun 9, 2011 - 18 answers

The church in scripture.

ScriptureFilter: I recall there being a passage in one of the gospels which states quite clearly and unambiguously that building and attending physical churches was not the proper way to worship. I believe it also said something about the only true church being the one we build in our hearts. I have been looking for this passage for the past few days and have been unable to find it. Did I imagine it? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 9, 2011 - 22 answers

"Gift" to a Catholic Church?

What do churches need? My late mother-in-law's birthday is coming up next month, and I want to get something for the church that she served as an organist for 30 years to commemorate her life (she passed in September 2009) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism Architecture

Is The Simpsons' First Church of Springfield (the building, not the denomination) modeled after an actual church or style of churches? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Apr 28, 2011 - 10 answers

How do you find a space to convert into a home?

After reading this post, I've realized that I want my next house to be.. different. How do I go about finding a warehouse/church/water tower to convert into a home? [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Christian History for the Non-Christian

Looking for good dispassionate history of the Christian church. I love to read history, and would like to go on a tangent. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Mar 4, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me find the Latin phrase describing my position on a religion/government issue...

Government/History/Religion question: is there a Latin phrase for a doctrine of belief in secular government (vs. theocracy or other religious governments) amongst a plurality of beliefs? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 26, 2011 - 11 answers

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