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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2006|02:35 am]
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chaucergrrl

A lil background to my question.....
I plan to convert to Judaism once I'm close to an area conducive to that, and for all converts there is an issue with different movements of Judaism not accepting each other's conversions. For those of you not familiar with this, basically the more strict a movement is, the less likely they are to accept a less traditional movement's conversion--or convert. Reform accept all conversions, Conservatives accept Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform provided they meet certain requirements, and Orthodox don't accept anyone other than an Orthodox convert as Jewish. Some people choose to convert Orthodox for this reason, even though no conversion is 100% accepted by everyone. If your conversion isn't accepted by a community, it means they don't consider you Jewish, even though you've done the studying and gone through the rituals to become a Jew elsewhere.

I was just wondering if this kind of situation occurs in other religions as well and to what extent. I was raised in a mainline protestant church and remember other students in our public school proselytizing to the tune of "my Christianity is better than yours" and was curious to see if people in other groups ran into conversion issues as well.

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An awkward question... [Mar. 4th, 2006|08:22 am]
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enchantedescape
I have a question for everyone who has converted away from Christianity, or to Christianity, or in any way fundamentally changed their name/identity of the Divine.

I am going down to Texas to see my parents this coming weekend. They don't know I've converted yet. I've never felt the desire to have that argument. I hope it won't be one, but I don't have much faith in that.
At any rate, my parents are trying this new policy of "agreeing to disagree." And they have a belief that if I don't say something, then I'm ashamed of whatever I'm not saying, as opposed to silence out of respect. Well, while I don't intend to go down to their house and say "Hi! I'm no longer Catholic!" I want to be prepared for it.

So, the question is: How did any of you explain to your parents that you no longer followed their identity of "God/G-d/Allah/etc"?

Thank you!
--Umeka

edited 3/14/06
The conversation never came up. But, the weekend did give me some pathways to follow when it does. Thank you!!!
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Introduction [Feb. 19th, 2006|01:25 pm]
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enchantedescape
Hajimemashite, dozou yoroushiku.
My name is Umeka, a name I chose when I converted to Shinto, though I keep my birthname for professional reasons (I'm a dentist and the paper trail is extremely vicious).
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I'm very happy to find this community and to find you all so open. Thank you.
Umeka
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2006|01:55 am]
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dehaywardati
I was bored and a virtual vagabond early this morning and stumbled across this petition in another community from an individual doing research:

"In ten words or less, define your religious and/or philosophical belief system.
Then, optionally, add on a brief explanation for any terms used in those ten words that may be vague or not commonly understood."


I would very much like to hear what your ten words are. Mine are inside.
Kol tuv.
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Winter Holidays [Dec. 3rd, 2005|10:36 am]
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j00licious
[mood |curiouscurious]

Happy December, all! It occurs to me that Ramadan is either here, or going to be here soon. Anyone care to share with us?


~j00licious

EDIT

Ignore this; your moderator is an idiot. I apoligize if I offended anyone. >.>
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Tznius [Nov. 8th, 2005|03:44 pm]
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carpepantheris
[mood |awake]
[music |Idan Raichel - Bo'i]

Scarf time! Check it out!

Tznius Ho's Show Me Your ElbowsCollapse )

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Because books are just so cool. [Nov. 8th, 2005|01:11 pm]
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carpepantheris
[mood |crazycrazy]

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580231691/103-4494239-6524654?v=glance&n=283155&%5Fencoding=UTF8&colid=22FHZPN1X69FB&coliid=I212SK5ZJIN30J&v=glance

This is a nifty book. I remember borrowing it from the library and it was just so cool that I'm ganna buy it. I highly reccomend it to any convert, or Jew returning to Judaism, or whomever!

P.s:
I do steal gentiles ;)
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It's just the latest phase she's going through . . . [Oct. 21st, 2005|03:18 am]
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chaucergrrl
So this is a) an attempt to make a post and b)an honest question.
How do you know it's not "just a phase?" This is aimed at everyone here, but spiritual seekers (who've sampled different religions) in particular. Let's see, I've been uncomfortably protestant, athiest, dabbling Buddhist, Wiccan without real rituals, agnostic, and now seriously considering Judaism. Given the way I change allegiances every few years, is it worth it?
I really feel like I'm at that part of where a person in love says "But how do I know he/she's the one?"
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Bueller? [Oct. 19th, 2005|08:55 am]
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j00licious
[mood |curiouscurious]

Hey, folks...

I just gotta ask: Where IS everyone? Where are your friends? Y'know, on second thought, that's not the right thing to ask.

What can be done in this community that would make you want to spend more time here? Be honest and blunt.

~j00licious
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Hey, East-Coasters! [Aug. 18th, 2005|10:49 am]
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j00licious
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |"out of range" - ani difranco]

The Dalai Lama is speaking in D.C. this November! Tickets are still on sale (and actually quite reasonable) if any of ya'll are interested.

~j00licious
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