Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Rituals

Lately most of my reading is focused on theology of the body for school research. Stephanie Paulsell's book, Honoring the Body, is my current read. In her chapter on clothing the body she writes, "Piercing and tattooing also reflect, for Beaudoin, the failure of contemporary institutions - most notably the church - to provide experiences that are deeply meaningful and so deeply marking."(pg. 64)

Besides baby dedications, baptisms, communion, weddings, and funerals, I don't know of meaningful rituals sponsored by the Church within my tradition. Baby dedications and funerals aren't for the recipient. That means only two or three rituals can be enjoyed by the living.

I am longing for in between rituals that can be shared with a community. I want rituals that mark new beginnings and signify an end.

Do you believe the Church lacks in providing relevant rituals? If so, what are some alternatives we could create? If not, what are you experiencing that I am not?

S

ps
Calling all New York City connections. Does anyone have a NYC two week apartment connection?

3 Comments:

Blogger Mandy Mc said...

I like Paulsell's short discussion of footwashing. There's a ritual that Baptists should reclaim. Our church does it, but only once a year...on Maundy Thursday.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Mandy Mc said...

Oh, and a hanging of the green service at Advent. I participated in one a couple of years ago at Chad's home church and it was incredibly meaningful. I'm sure I could get the
"script" from Jimmy if anyone is interested.

9:58 PM  
Blogger sparkfly said...

I like Paulsell's foot washing comments too. I could go for some foot washing as long as it isn't cheesy. I'm not into the contrived drama of some services.
Suzanah

6:51 AM  

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