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August 26

Help me identify this weird (scary?) sign!

So my friend works in at a pizza place in Concord, California and the other day noticed this (see picture). Anybody know what it means (if anything)? [more inside]
posted by SloppyTree at 1:38 AM - 5 answers

August 23

UU sermon-like podcasts appropriate for a 7 year old (not religious)

I often listen to Universal Unitarian sermons just before bed. They align well with my social justice and self-awareness perspective. I find the more religious aspects interesting, and the lack of dogma approachable. My 7-year-old knows that I do this an has started asking to join me. Can you help me find something that is age-appropriate? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 1:14 PM - 6 answers

August 17

Robert Alter (or others) translation of Isaiah 46:3-4

I want to do some art referencing Isaiah 46:3-4 and I need the right translation. I heard good things about Robert Alter's version, so I would love to see his translation of those two lines, if anyone has access to it. I would also be curious if there are other variations that you love. It is for someone who is Jewish and liberal thinking (ie not gendering God as male would be good).
posted by metahawk at 4:29 PM - 2 answers

August 16

Good history of enlightenment and revolutionary era radical thought

Political and philosophical history friends! I am curious about the outlier thinkers of the enlightenment and revolutionary eras (mainly 18th c. into the early 19th) and can't seem to find a good single volume to go over them. [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:23 PM - 8 answers

August 14

after all these years

Is it normal to experience a resurgence in grief a few years after the loved one has passed? How do I seek emotional comfort without being a burden on others? Are there productive/creative ways one can process one's grief? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 10:37 AM - 19 answers

July 31

Youth Groups at Church, what works?

How do high school aged people (13-18) interact with your church? Do you have programming for them that has been successful? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 1:30 PM - 13 answers

July 22

Can you help me understand aspects of John 8?

In a short story, I want some weird people to have John 8:44 on a placard on their door. But reading up on it, I fear there's no way to use it that won't have an (unintended) antisemitic cast to it. But then again, I'm not religious. Can you help me understand John 8 and formulate 8:44 so it's not icky? More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 3:58 AM - 10 answers

July 13

Do you remember religion classes in your early education?

Mr. Kitty and I are looking a preschools for Little Kitty. We loved the facilities, tone of the teachers, administrators, and philosophy of the program at one place. It checks every box for me ... except it’s heavily Catholic. Like, each school year is designed to prepare you for the sacraments, taught by some nuns, heavily Catholic. We are...... not. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 7:36 AM - 49 answers

June 23

Looking for writings about the soul in liminal/edge situations

I'm looking for pieces about the soul (not arguing against its existence, but either presuming its existence or arguing for its existence) on the topics of evolution (specifically pre human ancestors) and neuroscience (focusing on things like Alzheimer's, dementia, hydrocephaly and other conditions that effect the consciousness). [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 8:04 PM - 5 answers

June 14

How to believe in God when believing in God puts you in a bad mood?

Ill keep it short. I suspect there is a God. But I prefer there wasn't. Believing In God puts me in a bad mood, and yet I do believe there is a God. [more inside]
posted by ygmiaa at 6:49 PM - 35 answers

May 21

How to handle the shiva issue when you’re not observant...

My father is a fairly observant Conservative Jew. I am culturally Jewish, but an atheist and not observant. When he passes away, I do not intend to sit shiva (or, by extension, host it). What are my options for remaining respectful of his beliefs without doing something with which I’m uncomfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 AM - 13 answers

May 20

Books about Buddhism for little kids

I was a practicing Soto Zen Buddhist for over a decade, since lapsed but only because I got busy and lazy. Husband also practiced for a long time. We now have a 6-year-old who knows that Mommy is Buddhist and is curious about what that means. I am bad at explaining. Need books. Help. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 7:25 AM - 11 answers

May 6

Trying to find quote - Zen, calligraphy

I'm trying to find a quote that went something like: At the age of 30 I could draw a line, At the age of 40 I could draw a circle, ... Upon reaching 70 I was able to draw a landscape Something about the intensity of study required for mastery of seemingly simple things. I believe it's from a zen calligrapher. Similar to this: http://www.zenpaintings.com/deiryu-article.htm
posted by jkaplanenator at 3:12 PM - 2 answers

May 4

Progressive Church in DC

Help me find a progressive, friendly church in DC or NOVA. [more inside]
posted by nowadays at 4:56 PM - 9 answers

May 3

Organize my thoughts

I need help structuring my thoughts and feelings. Please point me to guiding questions, templates, checklists, etc. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 8:10 PM - 4 answers

May 1

I need help processing the recent hate crime against Jews in Poway, CA.

Last Saturday an alt-right shooter attacked the Chabad in my hometown, Poway, CA. I didn't hear about it until yesterday night, and I am devastated. I don't know how to process my grief. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM - 7 answers

April 17

The mythical power of knowing someone's "True Name"

In some European myths, from Plato's Cratylus to Rumplestiltskin, knowing someone's True Name means having special knowledge about them, or power over them. What kind of powers are those? What about other cultures of the world? [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 8:43 PM - 18 answers

April 12

Navigation assistance for the long dark morning routine of the soul

Please recommend recordings (and/or podcasts) of devotions or meditations that would be suitable for a morning routine. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann at 9:09 AM - 5 answers

April 6

What are the key differences of opinions between the Stoics?

I'm trying to improve my understanding of stoic philosophy and one way I've found to increase the resolution of my understanding is to try to identify the key differences between different proponents of a view. So what are the key differences and disagreements we can identify between them?
posted by casebash at 4:51 AM - 3 answers

April 1

Patience + Perseverance

What are your favorite quotes or short passages about having patience and persevering? Positive and encouraging excerpts from religious texts, poems, etc are especially welcome. Thank you.
posted by Hermione Granger at 4:29 PM - 26 answers

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