What we're about
PSYCHOANALYTIC [and more] CAFE': readings/films/discussions Democratic PSYCHOTHERAPY (+social, +spiritual, etc) for ALL!
We meet and discuss readings, films, art, any material and matter having a psychoanalytic dimension -- and more.
This Meetup group is strictly in-person (no Zoom) and for all people living in or visiting Greater New Orleans.
WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TO AN EXAMINATION OF "ALL THINGS RELIGIOUS" -- mostly in short circles, discussing reading materials, fiction (such as classic literature) and non-fiction ( popular writings or somewhat academic/scholarly publications for a general public). Film/video viewing is also part of the mix.
We attempt to gain a better understanding of the religious/spiritual/transcendental/numinous dimensions in various public and private spheres -- including elements, past and present, in our own lives. No particular set of beliefs or lack thereof is required for membership and participation, only a genuine curiosity and general tolerance to multiple perspectives. (For some so-called fundamentalists or some so-called militant atheists, this environment might not be a good match. But again ... "might" as in "maybe or maybe not".) Still, the more religious experience, background (and baggage?) in participants, the richer and more grounded our discussions can be.
This being New Orleans, we will start with a focus on Catholicism, via fiction and non-fiction writings (and some films).
The general format of how the group operates is "modular", meaning that we select specific topics from a broad range of general subjects and then spend 1, 2, 3 or more sessions reading, poking around and sharing our reports. ( As friendships are made, it is fair that some discussion sub-groups will be meeting privately and be closed to the general membership.) (It is also fair that Organizers don't allow certain participants to come back, although it is unfortunate.)
Once again, the focus of this group is on reading. There are excellent, outstanding, juicy, approachable, challenging writings out there -- books and articles. Therefore we meet more for the purpose of listening to others than to lecture (and certainly not to preach), but above all else we listen to the texts we have selected and to what they have to say.
On the 1st of each month, we'll publish on this ABOUT page -- and send an Announcement -- a new list of possible readings (and viewing).
Stick around for a while, do your homework, attend discussions and the promise is that it will revolutionize the way you think, understand and communicate about ... ALL THINGS RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL/TRANSCENDENT/NUMINOUS.