"Ceremony is not an escape from the messy world of matter into a hocus-pocus realm of spirituality. It is a fuller embrace of the material."


"...ceremony declares a choice to live in such a universe and to participate in its reality-formation."

In other words, "co-creation".

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Yeah. I really appreciated his description of ceremony as an alter from which an alternative way flows out and into other areas of life.

Frankly, it redeems the whole concept of alter and provides a framework for unmaking my rigid Evangelical attitude toward idol worship. What was taught to me as worship of false gods now has a new life-giving light, and I understand now why Eastern cultures have household alters.

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