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Inquiring Minds Casserole Brigade, Topic: Soul
October 12 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Our next topic is SOUL, one of those words that has many meanings and murky origins—the
best the etymologists have come up with is that it meant uncertain or unknown, and perhaps
belonging to the sea (from the early Germanic belief that souls originate in and return to the
sea). It's a word that occurs in just about every language.
Soul can refer to a disembodied spirit; an essential nature; the animating force within human
and maybe nonhuman animals; one’s innermost emotions and feelings; and the immortal or
spiritual part of a person.
We also talk about soul food, and soul music — terms first coined in the 1960s when “soul” was
commonly used to describe African American culture.
What does Soul conjure up for you?
Do you believe that all humans have souls?
What about nonhuman animals?
What does it mean to be “soulful”?
Why do you think African American culture is associated with soul?
Do you believe there is some essential part of us (our soul) that persists after the body dies?
Why do you think this word, with a sound that is very similar, occurs in so many languages?
For those of you who are new to the Brigades:
We (you) are a group of curious folks who gather together occasionally for nourishment and
inspiration. We share food and conversation, laughter and questions. We leave all the personal
and worldly problems and worries at the door, and savor community and connection. Who
knows? This may be the solution to all our problems after all!
Each meeting convenes around a specific topic and suggested questions to explore and
seed the conversation. No required reading. Just bring an open mind and heart. And a dish to
share. Vegetarian options encouraged! Join us to nourish and be nourished by others, in body,
mind and spirit.
Religion, Resilience, Livelihood, Anger, Magic, Desire, Success, Home, Impermanence, Hope