Speaker: Joel Miller
I want everyone to think back to when you were 11 or 12 years old. If you attach memories more to school grades, this would be sixth grade. If you’re not yet in sixth grade you can imagine a bit what it might be like.
Are we there? If sixth grade was not a highlight of your life, I apologize for taking you back there, but try to stick with it just a bit.
I want you to think about what it was like to be you at that time? Who were the key people in your life who loved you – family, friends, and teachers? What did you already know deep down that had always been there and has never left? What were you learning about yourself, about how life works?
This is a time of life so pivotal that cultures around the world have surrounded it with ritual. Maybe not exactly the same age across the board, but there is a near universal recognition of this sacred passage out of childhood, into an age of greater independence and responsibility. This Coming of Age service is our small way of ritualizing this...