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“This book takes a decisive step in the right direction. It gives practical advice to readers for crafting rites of passage thoughtfully and creatively.”

Ronald L. Grimes, author of The Craft of Ritual Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, ronaldlgrimes.twohornedbull.ca

“Human beings show an enduring need for ritual. In this beautifully crafted book, the author lays the theoretical building blocks for understanding what ritual is and why and when we need it, before offering a practical guide to creating and ‘crafting’ rituals which are deeply personalised but connected to the universal rhythms of life. It has something to say for everyone.”

Margaret Holloway, Emeritus Professor, University of Hull UK and Principal Investigator, ‘Remember Me. The Changing Face of Memorialisation’

“We now live in a society where rituals are lacking or misunderstood. Yet they are of vital importance to humankind when it comes to living together as a society. Jeltje Gordon-Lennox’s landmark work points the way to restoring balance in our relationships with other human beings.”

Matthieu Smyth, Ph.D. Professor of ritual anthropology at the University of Strasbourg and Somatic Experiencing practitioner, www.rituelprimal.com

“A fascinating and erudite work on a rich subject that manages to bridge the practical and the theoretical in a way that is enjoyable to read and easy to understand. Whether you are a professional maker of ritual or an individual driven by an interest in creating secular ritual to help cross a life threshold, this book will provide the reader with a rich foundation for the creation of meaningful experiences.”

Tiu de Haan, Celebrant, Facilitator and Speaker, London, UK tiudehaan.com

Crafting Secular Ritual: A Practical Guide
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
London/Philadelphia (2017)

>> Read Foreword and Introduction here <<


Emerging Ritual in Secular Socieities“Ritual has been an overlooked asset to the healing of trauma and to restoring broken connections. The diverse contributors to this volume make this a widespread and accessible work for all those interested in ritual and social trauma.”

  • Peter A Levine, Author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma and Trauma and Memory

“Focusing on contemporary secular rituals, [this book] successfully navigates between ritual theory and practice, offering answers to such issues as the role of ritual in modern life and the mechanisms involved in constructing new rituals to celebrate life events in a non-religious context.”

Ori Tavor, Ph.D. Director, MA Program, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, USA

“A delightful exploration of meaning making beyond the frontal cortex. This fascinating book describes secular ritual as “multi-media packages” of “human technology” for making meaning through sound, touch, smell, taste, color, shape, and motion. A sensual map for times of transition.”

Lisa Schirch, Ph.D. author of ‘Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding’ and Research Professor at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA

“As an artist I’m drawn to secular ritual – those events where we ‘make meaning’ with each other outside of (though perhaps borrowing from) traditions. We dearly need guidance in this moment, as traditions harden into entrenched divisions. This book on contemporary ritual encourages us to rethink what it is that unites us, what deserves to be celebrated, and how to reinvent rituals to bridge our differences.”

 – Suzanne Lacy, Ph.D., Artist, Professor, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, USA

“The case studies and research demonstrate the importance of respecting ritual timing, interpersonal resonance and our own biological rhythms. Integrating all of these aspects in one book was a stroke of genius!”

Sonia Gomes, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, International SE Advanced Faculty of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies: A Transdisciplinary Conversation
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
London/Philadelphia (2017)

>> Read Introduction here <<


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