The Woman Rite of Passage process has 4 primary stages. . .
STAGE 1: BECOMING A PARTICIPANT
Even before the first meeting, Woman participants take initiative and show commitment and courage. They first take an online survey that gets them thinking about their personal relationships with God, self, others, and creation. We then contact them for an interview that is conducted by one of various local alumnae. That interview is to make sure that potential participants are moving forward in their relationship with God and are also healthily processing any trauma in their past. The interviewer may also recommend a mentor from the list of local mentors. After asking one of the women to mentor her and establishing that relationship, the potential participant pays a fee to ensure her spot!
STAGE 2: INITIATION
When students return from summer break, they receive a formal invitation to the Woman Initiation in their mailbox. Dressed semi-formally and somewhat nervous, we gather in President’s hall for the Initiation Ceremony. Here, she is presented by her mentor, welcomed into the program, prayed for and blessed, and given gifts.
STAGE 3: MONTHLY MEETINGS
For the rest of the year, the Woman participants meet bimonthly with their mentor and monthly as a group with the leaders. Between monthly meetings, they read The Book of Womanhood, participate in “creation” activities, meet with one another, and move forward in transformation.
STAGE 4: CROSSING OVER CEREMONY
For the final ceremony, participants wear a formal gown, do a 10-minute individual portrait shoot with a professional photographer, and present a project on what it means to be a Woman to invited guests. It is a powerful testimony to transformation!