Holidays and traditions, Spirituality

How important are rituals and ceremonies?

Rituals and ceremonies are worldwide Throughout the world, ceremonies and rituals mark significant events and create a sense of belonging. In Jewish culture, a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah signifies a coming of age for the 13-year-old boy or the 12-year-old girl. In Mexico, a quinceañera serves the same purpose, welcoming the 15-year-old girl into her womanhood. In the… Continue reading How important are rituals and ceremonies?

Spirituality

Give Me That Oldtime(r’s) Religion: Spirituality in the Elderly

We in America have an ingrained image of old people (especially women) sitting piously in church in the same pew where they have sat for years. Is that picture in our minds based on some kind of truth? Recent research says it is. The Pew Research Center, which is a nonpartisan fact think tank, published… Continue reading Give Me That Oldtime(r’s) Religion: Spirituality in the Elderly