Divorce (2023)

Bernhard Lauxmann: »There is No Official Divorce Ritual in the Church«.

Chal­len­ging a Man­tra by Ritu­al Design, in: Reli­gi­ons 14/2 (2023), hrsg. von M. Hoon­dert, K. Jenk­ins und A. M. Bian­ca (Spe­cial Issue Divorce Ritu­als: From a Cul­tu­ral and Reli­gious Per­spec­ti­ve), online unter: https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​3​3​9​0​/​r​e​l​1​4​0​20137.

End-of-rela­ti­onship ritu­als are not respec­ted within Pro­tes­tant churches. The­r­e­fo­re, many church web­sites empha­si­ze that the­re are no offi­ci­al divorce ritu­als to this day. This is despi­te the fact that the­re are num­e­rous impul­ses for divorce ritu­als, some of which are also firm­ly estab­lished in church prac­ti­ce. Prac­ti­tio­ners who devo­te them­sel­ves to the­se ritu­als often have to be inno­va­ti­ve. This artic­le pres­ents three unpu­blished drafts for sepa­ra­ti­on ritu­als, which are unders­tood as expres­si­ons of ritu­al design. Expe­ri­en­ces from aca­de­mic tea­ching show that the field divorce ritu­als is par­ti­cu­lar­ly sui­ta­ble for initia­ting lear­ning pro­ces­ses on ritu­al design, a skill of gre­at importance for future pas­tors. Alt­hough divorce ritu­als are unpo­pu­lar now, they are likely to beco­me part of the stan­dard reper­toire of churches soon.

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