Crafting Secular Ritual
176 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:21 Nov 2016

Crafting Secular Ritual

A Practical Guide

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Answering the call for new rituals in our secular age, this book recognises the essential importance of rituals to the psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, organizations, and society as a whole. The book examines and explains the history, function, and place of emerging rituals in different cultures, as well as providing practical guidance for creating your own secular rituals. The author includes examples, risk factors, and checklists for the stages of planning new rituals for life events such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as for public occasions such as graduation and protest marches.

Jeltje Gordon-Lennox is an author and psychotherapist with expertise in the field of world religions, writing about ritual studies theory, and the role of the senses in the contemporary practice of secular ritual. She is the founder of the Ashoka Association (, where she trains secular celebrants in the craft of secular ritualization. Jeltje lives in Switzerland.

Foreword / Isabel Russo


Part I: Our Ritual Heritage

1 From Rock Art to Ritual Art

2 The Sense of Ritual

Part II: Ritual Through Craft

3 Basic Guidelines for Ritualizing

4 Ritual Design and Materials

5 A Ritual Toolbox

Part III: Crafting Meaningful Ritual

6 Birth and Beginnings

7 Coming of Age

8 Marriage

9 Growing Up, Growing Old

10 Death and Endings

11 Ritualizing in Public Spaces




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