Having been through many transitions personally in the past few months, I was particularly intrigued by the post on the Emerging Women blog – Coming of Age Rituals in the EC. I agree that perhaps there may be more ways in which the church could mark the coming of age of individuals. In some churches, confirmation is a time at which individuals begin to decrease their participation in church to return later when they have children of their own. What are ways in which a ritual or ceremony could become more meaningful both for the individual and in the life of the community? Perhaps this would simply mean recognizing the significance of current ritual.
William Bridges has written a book on various life transitions – Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes that I have found useful and instructive in times of transition.