Rites of passage mark times of great change in human life. One of the greatest blessings of ministry is getting to be with people in these most tender and awe-filled moments of their lives. I treat rites of passage with great love and care. They are numinous moments, made holy by our coming together to mark them. They reaffirm our covenants with life and with one another, reminding us of our “place in the family of things.” Wherever it is appropriate to laugh, I encourage laughter. Wherever it is appropriate to cry, I encourage tears. Most times, it is appropriate to do both, and I encourage both.
If you wish to mark a change in your personal or community life with a rite of passage, I can help you. I can work with you to create a personalized ceremony that blends tradition and uniqueness, in a combination just right for your particular needs. Rites of passage can mark birth, adoption, reaching the Age of Reason, onset of puberty, Coming of Age, graduations, departure of children from family home, marriage, divorce, retirement, death, major surgeries, or any other change that is of great import to you.