In the Human Sexuality course this summer we are reading Lisa Graham McMinn’s book, Sexuality and Holy Longing: Embracing Intimacy in a Broken World. The first chapter is titled “Rites of Passage.” McMinn discusses markers that communicate a “coming of age” or in some way convey that an adolescent reaches maturity. She distinguishes between physical markers for females reaching womanhood (e.g., menstruation) and competence or skill as a marker for males reaching manhood.
McMinn invites parents to think about being intentional in this area – crafting rites of passages that convey central beliefs, values, skills.
For reflection: What are some current rites of passage in our culture/subculture? What makes a specific rite of passage meaningful in our culture?