How do you give thanks in ritual?

2012 Thing on Thursday #4

Last week’s poll asked about the most important elements of ritual liturgy, and the most popular element was “giving thanks.”  This week, let’s dig deeper into this.  How do you go about this in ritual?

Diversity will no doubt be especially great for this question, and the poll can’t hope to cover all possible answers, so please share your ideas and methods of thanksgiving in the comments.

The poll options use the term “benefactor” to refer to any perceived source of benefit.  Depending on your beliefs, this might include nature, evolution, ancestors, gods and goddesses, cosmic creativity, one’s inner intuition, society, family, specific people, etc.  Interpret as you will, and feel free to elaborate in the comments.

By the way, last year Jonathan Blake contributed an interesting opinion on this very subject.

Please choose as many as strongly appeal to you.

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

About Thing on Thursday

Althing in Session, by W.G. CollingwoodThis post is part of a series of councils on matters vital to the future.  The name represents both the generic term for, you know, a thingie, as well as the Old Norse term for a council of elders: a Thing.

Each week from the Autumn Equinox until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday explores a new controversy.  Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better.  Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word.  We value all constructive opinions.

There are only a few rules:

  • be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
  • be respectful – no rants or flames

Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.

So please make your voice heard in the comments!

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