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Ritual and Empowerment

Sacred ceremonies are often perceived as imposing and maintaining a belief system, and as being a mechanism for controlling an obedient congregation.
It doesn't have to be this way. There is nothing so sacred as an individual's relationship to their divinity and their community, and nothing so precious as a sense of meaning and compassion.
Sacred ceremonies can, and maybe should, be constructed to celebrate these things. This essay explores how.

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