I always love to work with families celebrating the ceremonies of their particular faith traditions, not only because it teaches me something new, but also because these celebrations mean so much to these clients and friends with regard to their own spiritual walk.
Growing up I had the opportunity to attend the Bar Mitzvah of my friend Matthew, and the Bat Mitzvahs of his two younger sisters. I loved witnessing it all. Not only had this uber-intelligent boy studied the Torah endlessly in order to present his reading to the public, but the practice had brought him and his family together with the community (all grandparents were in attendance) and enabled him to grow as a young man.
(photo from: http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk)
I also know of several friends who have had a hand-fasting in lieu of a wedding ceremony.
Does your family have a faith tradition that is reflected in ceremonies? Have you ever attended a ceremony of another faith besides yours? How did it affect you? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂