Oregon Humanities sponsors a program called The Conversation Project, an opportunity for people across the state to gather together and talk about a particular topic. In a few days, people in Portland will have a chance to talk about ritual in secular lives. If you'd like more information, follow this link.
From the event organizers:
How do we make meaning out of the big milestones in our personal and community lives? For the many people who do not have strong ties to religious or other cultural traditions, major life events such as birth, aging, relationship changes, illness, death, and community crises are often marked by no ritual at all. Holly Pruett, a life-cycle celebrant who works with individuals, families, and communities to commemorate such occasions, leads a conversation about the role of ritual and ceremony in participants’ family and cultural histories, the impact of life events that have passed unobserved, and the new ceremonies that people are creating to mark these milestones.