Rites of Passage
Coming of age rituals bring people into new life phases and conditions. Many of these ceremonies celebrate the shifts young people make into maturity, underscoring this transition's significance and new phase in life.
In this PBS lesson, students explore various traditional children's and adolescent faith-based rites of passage. They examine modern coming of age ceremonies - ones that are more secular in nature - and create a rite of passage that best reflects their personal life journeys. Resources include segments from RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY and Web sites. HS