Enabling men to use symbolic practices as a training method to encourage community participation. The effect is a community having a greater sense of corporateness through training in the use of symbols.
An integral part of enabling community engagement though societal education, to allow the creative participation of each individual in world wide social structures.
Tactics include: missional symbols to remind the individual of his community responsibility; spirit music to create a self-conscious community; life myths to ground the individual and community in a historical self story; celebrational events to dramatize a person's awareness of his universal cultural heritage; and secular rituals to embrace the individual's relationship within his particular setting. An example is to organize workshops on family symbol-making, encouraging a stronger identity with the community.
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