Human Situations In Need Of Ritualization

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Ritual responds to the human need to negotiate times of change, to reaffirm the world of meaning in tragic and meaningless situations, and to mark transitions in life's journey. Yet some of our rituals do not seem to reach far enough; and there are still other situations for which there is no ritual at all. This article looks at shortcomings in ritual and offers some suggestions about how ritual might better support situations of pastoral care.

The story is familiar.

John and Mary have long...


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