rites of passage
Rites of Passage Panel: Marriage:
Marriage as a rite of passage: It governs the personal relationship, our relationship and status to others in society and our extended family, has ties to economics, legality, and religious values. It includes many forms, from mono, to poly, to same-sex unions, and governs all aspects of our lives. that framework is evolving, as is the national cultural discussion on the institution of marriage.
Marriage is a socially or ritually recognized union or contract between partners that establishes rights and obligations, between them, their children, family, and society. There are many possible forms of marriage, although serial monogamy is most common in the modern US. Panelists will discuss the spiritual and practical aspects of this rite of passage and how it affects all aspects of the participant’s life.
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Those who’ve known me for long know that my passions include history and food, and these come together to create a fascination with holidays. Why are certain days considered holy? Why do humans need holidays? What do they have in common?
Many times holidays provide an occasion for us to stop and orient ourselves with our culture, with the world around us (passing of seasons), or with the gods and spirits with whom we interact. Rites of Passage usually mark a change in our relationships with others- birth, death, marriage, becoming an adult, joining a group that is seen as different from other groups within our culture. Often we take these occasions to remind ourselves of old stories, we eat (or avoid) special foods, we clean ourselves and our living spaces. If these actions weren’t
important, they would not be so prevalent. Looking at what they mean, what they do, how they change us and our relationships, we can make them more meaningful in our own lives.
We’ll also talk about when we don’t celebrate the “mainstream” holidays, and try to get time off for minority religious or personal holidays, how does that effect your relationship with those around you, both those who share, and who don’t share your faith based holiday?
Please feel free to call in with any stories and descriptions about how you and your family and friends celebrate holidays. Do you have special meaningful ones, or do you just go along with whatever happens and take advantage of a day off to sleep in?
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