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Creating Rituals: A New Way of Healing for Everyday Life

In Creating Rituals: A New Way of Healing for Everyday Life Jim Clarke issues a wake-up call for Christian communities to see the importance of ritual in spiritual formation.

The pace of modern life is frantic. We rise early in the morning to face the relentless demands of the day before the seeming swift coming of night. We don't take time to honor the transitions of our lives — those moments given to us by God that alter the shape, direction and quality of our days.

Creating RitualsAlthough churches have rituals associated with baptism, confirmation and communion, many believers don't mark the significant transitional moments such as birth, the first day of school, puberty, obtaining a driver's license, graduation, leaving home and trauma (such as a major accident, health crisis, divorce).

Clarke would like us to give more attention to the creation of meaningful ways of honoring relationships, loss, and public and religious holidays (Paulist Press, 2011).


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