A friend once told us that there’s a ceremony-shaped hole in our culture right now. Perhaps it’s because many of us don’t feel a connection to traditional religious or cultural ceremonies, or perhaps it’s because our fast-paced culture doesn’t always encourage slowing things down. Whatever the reason, ceremony is needed now more than ever to help us feel like we’re a part of something meaningful. Ceremony is important because it connects us to our community by inviting people to share in an experience. It helps us acknowledge and celebrate change, and it gives us a place to feel our feelings.