Coming of Age Ceremonies

You’re not taking your child to a synagogue or church, but you want your child to have a sense of community and spiritual connection. When the kids are young, it’s easy to get wrapped up in everyday survival mode and not think about these things much. But now your child is turning into a teenager, and the change leaves you questioning what you really want to pass on. You sense that your child needs guidance, and the time is ripe, but you’re not sure exactly what to do.  

If you recognize the importance of honoring big life changes and you’d like to hold a ceremony for your child that truly reflects your values, you’ve come to the right place. I recommend getting in touch 3-6 months before your event, so your child has time to prepare. After all, there is work involved in becoming ready to take on the responsibility and freedom of adolescence. Elements we may incorporate include physical preparation, spiritual study, self-reflection, creative expression, and community service, depending on your priorities. While this preparation is ideal, I also work with families that are looking for a smaller, less involved event. Fees vary depending on the scale of the event and the level of support you are looking for.

My approach works well for parents who:

  • Grew up in an organized religion, but aren’t affiliated as adults
  • Grew up in a “religious light” or a secular household
  • Are in interfaith/intercultural relationships or relationships where only one parent feels connected to their culture or religion of origin
  • Want their kids to feel loved, acknowledged, and supported by community AND feel empathy with a desire to contribute to the greater world they live in

I offer an initial free phone consultation to interested families, where we determine your needs and develop a plan for creating a ceremony that feels meaningful, comfortable, and completely your own. Please contact me for more information.