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Rites of Passage & The New Millennium: Are They Obsolete or An Absolute?

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For thousands of years, people and cultures from around the world have engaged in sacred rituals to mark and prepare their young people and adults for major life changes, transitions and/or crisis. These significant moments are considered Rites of Passage and are marked by physiological, social and/or spiritual transitions. Rites of passage are moments in a persons life that signify important developmental milestones. These milestones are generally emotionally and psychologically charged and require support in the form of education, preparation and guidance. The preparation for, and reaction to, these major transitions can determine an individuals future stability and success as they navigate life. Last week's show explored the power and importance of structured Rites of Passage for girls and women and the impact that the loss or downplay of these sacred rituals have had on them and their communities. Tonight's show will focus on men and boys. Are young people and adults adequately prepared to navigate the complexities of life in a modern age without the necessary supports from the adult members of the community? Has the dismissal of the "old ways" created a chasm in our communities that cannot be filled or is there no longer a need for structured and progressive rituals of guidance and preparation? Join host, Shawnee Benton-Gibson, and a panel of powerful experts, Maurice Lacey, Program Director, community activist and organizer, Brian Favors, youth professional, community organizer & writer and Rob McMahon, teacher, youth professional and spiritual leader, as they answer these important questions and many more.

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