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35 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Muslims in Canada with Faezeh Izadi
Join Rachel and Jacqueline for a special interview with Faezeh Izadi about Muslims in Canada. Faezeh is an International Ph.D. student of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, originally from Iran. She got her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, but after two years of engineering works, Faezeh changed her path to humanities and joined the Comparative Religions and Mysticism MA program at the University of Kashan, Iran. After seven years of teaching and leadership experience in educational institutions in Iran, Faezeh decided to pursue her study abroad. She received her second master’s degree in Religious Studies from Queen’s University, Canada. Faezeh’s current research interests surround the relationship of value systems with benevolent activities. She is also interested in addressing issues related to Islam and Islamic societies through the lens of sociology of religion. Follow Nearly Numinous on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also find transcripts and past episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca.
58 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Religion and Group Identity in The 100 (Part 2)
Welcome to the 2nd episode in our series on CW’s hit show, The 100! If you haven’t listened to the first episode yet, check it out here! And if you haven’t seen Season 1 of The 100, then we recommend watching it before you dive into this episode (otherwise you’ll get a lot of spoilers). In this episode, we focus more on group identity and cohesion using all our fancy background and language about religion and group identity. Get ready for some 1st year University-level definitions, and also some rants about who would make the best charismatic leader. As always, you’ll be able to find a transcript shortly after the episode is published on our website – nearlynuminous.ca. There, you can also check out all our past episodes and learn more about us.
59 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Yoga Beyond the Binary with Laura Chaignon
Join your hosts, Steph and Rachel, for an interview with yoga teacher and practitioner Laura Chaignon. We get deep into gender binary language in yoga (and elsewhere) and chat about the effect of the western lens on yoga, gendered language, and the importance of making yoga a safe and comfortable space for everyone. Resources Laura mentions: @yogaisdeadpodcast (Hosted by Tejal Patel and Jesal Parikh) Artist Sarah Cargill from the Tarot for the End of the World podcast, Yoga instructor and educator @susannabarkataki
36 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Religion, Spirituality, and Apocalypticism in The 100 (Part 1)
Welcome to the first of a special 2-part episode on the hit CW show “The 100”. The show originally premiered in 2014 and ran for seven seasons – but today, we’re only getting into the first season. Of course, there are some spoilers, so feel free to go watch the entire first season and come back to this episode. In the first part of our series on “The 100,” we introduce the premise of the show, some of our favourite plotholes and burning questions, and most importantly, how it relates to religion—through its apocalyptic themes. Join us next episode for the rest of our discussion on Season 1 of “The 100” where we compare culture and religiosity in three different communities: The Sky People, The 100, and the Grounders! Interested in learning more about apocalypticism and rapture theology? Check out these sources: Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium by Bart D. Ehrman The Apocalypse: A Brief History by Martha Himmelfarb Ultimate Things: An Introduction to Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature by Greg Carey The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature by John J Collins The Apocalyptic Literature by Stephen L Cook Don’t forget to follow us on your favourite social media platforms – just look up Nearly Numinous. To check out past episodes, learn more about us, sign up for our newsletter, or get in touch with us, head to our website – nearlynuminous.ca.
48 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The Co-option of Religious Symbols & the History of COEXIST
This week, jump in with Rachel and Steph while they talk about different religious symbols being taken from their original meaning and used in either dangerous ways or just taken out of context. We also get pretty deep into the COEXIST bumper sticker’s history. As always, don’t forget to check out nearlynuminous.ca for previous episodes, to subscribe to our newsletter, or get in touch with us! You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – just search Nearly Numinous.
50 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
In The News – June 2021
After weeks of recording snags (long distance podcasting is hard!) we’re back! This week it’s the June edition of “In The News”. Join ALL THREE of your hosts (for the first time in months) while we try to stay on topic about the blood flower super moon and pride but end up in side chats about if reading the bible from front to back is a good idea. Check out Church Clarity at: https://www.churchclarity.org/ Don’t forget to follow us on social media and head to our website nearlynuminous.ca for transcripts and more episodes.
41 minutes | May 10, 2021
Where do women fit in the world of modern spiritualities and religions? What exactly does it mean for a religion to be matriarchal? In honour of Mother’s Day, Steph and Rachel chat about matriarchal religions, the Goddess movement, and a whole lot of feminism! For more previous episodes, information, and transcripts go to nearlynuminous.ca. And don’t forget to subscribe on your favourite podcasting platform!
48 minutes | May 3, 2021
In The News: May 2021
We’re back (well…Steph and Rachel are! Jacqueline will be soon!). Join us while we catch up on what’s been happening in the news. We give some background about Quebec’s Bill 21 and the most recent ruling. We also chat about Peloton’s religiously infused classes and how that plays into the wellness and exercise brand. Want to read the articles from today’s episode? Read about Bill 21: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/bill-21-religious-symbols-ban-quebec-court-ruling-1.5993431?fbclid=IwAR2zYMKCb2eXn8QyDg1H3rS_17g2cji2aBqtpTP9ksOcct9Mr3zrdAnkGHE Read about Peloton: https://www.washingtonpost.com/road-to-recovery/2021/02/05/peloton-ally-love-robin-christianity-covid/ As always – catch up with us and check out old episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca. Or check us out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – just search Nearly Numinous.
69 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Manifestation and The Law of Attraction: What is it and does it really work?
Join your three hosts this week to talk all about the latest trend – manifestation and the Law of Attraction. We go into the history of the practice, all the way back to the dawn of the New Thought and New Age movements. Then we chat about how people actually partake in it, if it works as its own religious tradition or as part of other religious traditions, and then we chat about how spiritual bypassing functions within the world of manifestation. Check our website for full transcripts and past episodes! Find us at nearlynuminous.ca
59 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
St. Patrick: the fancy and historical Saint
Happy St. Patricks’ Day everyone! Celebrate with us by learning all about the history and mythology behind the St. Patrick we know (and drink to) today. Also, make sure you take Jacqueline’s leprechaun quiz along with us!
54 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Orientalism in Movies
This week join your hosts while they talk about different ways Orientalism has creeped into pop-culture for the past few centuries. They chat Mulan, Freaky Friday, and Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. Find the episode anywhere you get your podcasts! Just search Nearly Numinous. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! We’re @nearlynuminous. Also check our website for more resources and transcripts of each episode – nearlynuminous.ca.
50 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Cults & Charismatic Leaders
Ever wonder what it is about cult leaders that draw people to them? This week, join your hosts Rachel, Steph, and Jacqueline as they dive deep into the charismatic leader and what makes people so willing to follow them, even when their ideas might seem radical or outlandish to outsiders. We discuss the specific terminology surrounding “cults,” if charisma is a dangerous characteristic, and whether or not the charismatic leader archetype is gendered.
47 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Pancake Tuesday & a Casual Catch-Up with the Hosts
This week, join all three of your hosts while they have some pancakes and catch up! We talk a bit about the history of pancake Tuesday – and then get into what we’ve been up to lately, some awesome episodes to look forward to for the spring season, and a lot of updates on our pets.
55 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Religion in Diet Culture
This week, join Rachel and Steph as they discuss all things eating and not-eating and how it relates to religion. They give some historical examples of fasting and other ascetic practices, but also get into the religious language we use surrounding the modern food and dieting industry. Don’t forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can also check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – just search Nearly Numinous. Transcripts of the episode will be available soon at nearlynuminous.ca
71 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
The Feminist Fire of Celtic Christianity: A History and Storytelling of St Brigid
Join Steph and Jacqueline while they give you a ton of history on the beginning of Celtic Christianity and the history and contemporary relevance of St Brigid! And for an added surprise (like when St Brigid turns water into Ale, or when Jesus turns water into wine, or when Jacqueline turns water into Hot Chocolate) Rachel retells the greatest hits from the life of this beloved feminist and environmentalist Irish icon, who also happens to be a great Celtic Christian Saint and shares some traits (and maybe more?!) with the Celtic Pagan goddess of the same name. Find the transcript and other episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca – and don’t forget to subscribe to us on your favourite podcasting app! And definitely don’t forget to find us across all social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to keep up to date on episodes and any fun research we’re doing!
50 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
The Mindful Enneagram: An Interview with Steve Van Kleeck
We’re baaaack! After an extended break from lockdowns and holidays and all things, we’re here with an all-new Enneagram themed episode! Before the holidays, we interviewed Enneagram coach Steve Van Kleeck about his practice called The Mindful Enneagram. We discuss the spiritual approach to the enneagram, as well as the various spiritual and personal development uses that the personality theory can be used for. Interested in the approach that Steve uses? Check out his website at mindfulenneagram.coach You can also find the list of resources he mentioned on our website at nearlynuminous.ca
50 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Is Christmas Religious?
This week, the hosts gather around eggnog lattes and hallmark movies (and some other classics) and chat about all things festive, Christmas, and holiday-esque. After getting nostalgic about their own traditions, they question; is Christmas a religion of its own? Is it only a Christian holiday? Or is it completely areligious? Listen in to find out the verdict! Disclaimer – we may be on the edge of “mythbusting” when it comes to some favourites like Santa Claus. If you don’t want your little one to hear that, then wait until they’re sound asleep on Christmas Eve to listen to this episode Want to give us a Christmas gift? Subscribe to our podcast! We appreciate all the support our listeners have given us this year and can’t wait to dive into more awesome content for you in January. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @NearlyNuminous. You can also find transcripts for all our past episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca. Don’t forget to subscribe for new episodes every Monday!
60 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Singing Together: An Interview with Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins
This week on Nearly Numinous, Steph interviews Reverend Wendy Luella Perkins, a chaplain at Queen’s University. They chat about her Soulful Singing meditation practice, and the importance of singing together in community with others. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @NearlyNuminous. You can also find transcripts for all our past episodes on our website – nearlynuminous.ca. Don’t forget to subscribe for new episodes every Monday!
63 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
The Enneagram Personality Test
This week, the hosts talk all about the enneagram personality test. They chat about what each type is, the history of the test, and get into how it’s used in spiritual growth and development circles. They also have short clips from listeners about how they interact with their enneagram type and how it has influenced their personal growth and development. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out our survey or send us a reflection on the enneagram! Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @NearlyNuminous. Don’t forget to subscribe for new episodes every Monday!
59 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Stigmata, Sainthood, and the Catholic Church with Sam Maclennan
This week we chat with fellow MA graduate, Sam Maclennan, all about his research – and some other semi-related topics. We chat stigmata, the canonization of saints, and the idea of “healthy” religious practices and if those labels are detrimental. We also chat a bit about COVID and its impact on religions and various religious practices. Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
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