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RACHEL NELSON

Philosophy For The People

Welcome! I'm Rachel Nelson! I'm a philosophy of religion researcher. I create unique community events that explore questions about existence & the human being within the Tampa Bay area.

 

MORE ABOUT RACHEL NELSON

How We Got Here


The SparkNotes version:

You live & you die. On my 5th deployment I decided I didn't want to spend the rest of my life preparing for war. I left active duty, mainly to have a simple life and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Shortly after, my religious views crashed as doctrines & un-reflected explanations of right 

& wrong failed to match experience & logic. I went to seminary to investigate deeper, wound up in a Philosophy of Religion PhD program, & found beauty, hope, & magic in everything I once feared. 


Micro-Bio:

(In the works) Ph.D. Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham, U.K. // Master of Divinity, Southeastern University // B.S. Business Management, American Military University // A.S. Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force 


Active Duty Air Force, 11 years // Air Force Reserves, 5 years // Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt // Dances To The Beat of Existentialism, Mysticism, Psychotherapy & A Pinch Of Theology.


“The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell.”

― Frederick Nietzsche 

 

RACHEL NELSON EVENTS

Explore Existence

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Model in Studio
Bonfire

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS DISCUSSION PANEL

Engaging the Big Questions

Four panelist of contrasting backgrounds come together to share unique & personal perspectives to a complex philosophical question. Questions like: "Who am I?" "What is God?" "What is right & wrong?" are engaged here. Each panelist talks for 20 minutes, acoustic jams make for a pleasant intermission, and a Q&A will top off the night. This is not a debate styled panel, its a place to indulge yourself in the gift of perceptions outside of your own.

VOICES

A Monologue of Life

You are in a candle-lit room, sitting with a group of people. What you will do is listen. An un-named individual will enter, take a seat out of view, & share a part of their life with you. Themes like: "What I regret the most," "The best day of my life," & "The thing I can't forgive" are engaged here. The individual will remain anonymous...all there will be, is a voice.

SACRED STORIES

For a Little Inspiration

For the moments of inner deflation, sacred stories brings together local figures of various sacred traditions. Think along the lines of: Shaman, Rabbi, Monk, Priest. They tell their favorite tale of parable or narrative to deliver something inspiring & hopeful that you might be uplifted through a sacred wisdom.

 
Buddhist Monks

NEXT EVENT


What Is Fear?

A Seminole Heights Discussion

Location:

Southern Brewing & Winemaking

4500 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL

Time:

7pm-9pm

Date:

31 Jan

 
 

GET IN TOUCH

605-519-0090