Presentation and Discussion - Uses of Ritual

  • April 23, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Zvi and Laura's Apartment

Periodically we talk loosely about ritual, and whether and how we should be incorporate it into our lives. But the exact definition of ritual is hazy, and it's often unclear what we're talking about and what we're hoping to get out of it. What is a ritual, and what is a habit or custom?

Whether you're involved with any kind of religious community, chances are ritual has played some kind of role in your life, be it at secular holidays, weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc. If you haven't been actively paying attention to the role of ritual in your life, it's also likely that you've either adopted some vestigial rituals from your culture that aren't really useful to you, and that there are other possibilities available to you that you haven't noticed.


I'll be giving a presentation, coming mostly from a chapter of the book "Secular Wholeness", with followup discussion about how we might want to use ritual in our communities or in our personal lives.

When + Where:
Zvi + Laura's Apartment

60 West 23rd Street APT 904

7pm - 11pm (presentation and main followup discussion lasting till around 9)

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  • Raymond A.

    Good presentation, and a lot of good followup discussion.

    April 24, 2013

  • Raymond A.

    Glad to see a few newcomers coming. Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow!

    April 22, 2013

  • Arthur B.

    Rituals are meant to induce conformity and adhesion to group values. They're inherently manipulative.

    April 17, 2013

    • Raymond A.

      That is certainly one common use of a group ritual. But I think I think there are other uses for group ritual, and personal ritual operates in a very different way. Ritual in general *is* about emotional manipulation, in the same way that art is about emotional manipulation. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends entirely on what you're doing with it.

      The presentation will cover a lot of terminology, potential goals and potential dangers. I won't be delving into this too deeply in the comments thread here - not really the space for it.

      April 18, 2013

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