The AEU is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. They study: Igbo tribe: This tribe in Nigeria once had a traditional coming-of-age ritual for both boys and girls.Colonialism and oppression by the Christian church almost destroyed it.In modern times, the transition into adulthood often happens without a formal, public celebration.
They celebrate the passage of their children "into young adulthood and to embrace their emerging identities as adolescents." It is held during the children's 8Judaism: Girls reach the status of Bat Mitzvah on their 12th birthday. They are then recognized as adults and are personally responsible to follow the Jewish commandments and laws. They are counted in a "minyan" -- a quota of men necessary to perform certain parts of religious services.
An Igbo group of African-Americans, the Otu Umunne Cultural Organization, has attempted to reconstruct the ritual in the U. The "..initiates spent the night with the Otu Umunne fathers at a designated location, while the female initiates did the same with the Otu Umunne mothers" elsewhere.
The children are taught teamwork, leadership, values, responsibilities, moral decisions, freedom, and valuing their heritage. The children pledge to conduct themselves in a manner that gives glory to God and that will command respect for them, their families abroad, in the ancestral land of the Igbo tribe -- Nigeria -- and to the American community where they live.
Ethical Culture: There are about 25 ethics-centered religious communities in the U.
S., who are members of the American Ethical Union (AEU). Their entire eighth grade of Sunday School class is structured as a coming-of-age transition from childhood to adolescence.