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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Harry Potter … as a religion?

This week, join Rachel, Jacqueline, and Steph as they talk about Harry Potter as it’s own religious movement, Harry Potter as religious, and if the religion of fictional characters matters or not. They talk about some Durkheim (nerdy theory stuff), what house they all belong to, and what to do when the creator of your […]

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In God We Trust: Calvinism, Capitalism, and the American Dream

This week on Nearly Numinous, Jacqueline, Steph and Rachel are talking all about the historic roots of Protestantism, capitalism, and the American Dream. We dive deep into the theologies of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Puritanism, and discuss the impact these theologies have had on the American political identity — as well as the negative […]

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Vampires: History, Mythology, and Religious Movements

Join Jacqueline, Rachel, and Steph while they get into the spooky season mood and chat all about the history and mythologies surrounding Vampires before diving into contemporary depictions of vampires (a.k.a. swooning over them) and talking about the New Religious Movements surrounding Vampirism.   Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @NearlyNuminous. Don’t […]

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Communal Meals with Dr. Richard Ascough

Happy Thanksgiving! Come listen to the 3rd episode of Nearly Numinous where we are joined by Dr. Richard Ascough from the School of Religion at Queen’s University. We focus specifically on ritual and communal meals, but also discuss ancient methods for snubbing your frenemies, Harry Potter, the diet industry, and more! Find us across all […]

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Down to Earth with Dr. M Shobhana Xavier

In this episode of Nearly Numinous, join Steph, Jacqueline, and Rachel as they have a roundtable discussion with Dr. M Shobhana Xavier all about Zac Efron’s new travelogue – Down to Earth. We chat about the idea of sacred spaces, religious healing, and ecospirituality – all sprinkled with a little bit of swooning over Zac Efron […]

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