“Masculine and Spiritual Initiation” by Glenn McClure

Posted on July 25, 2008 by


I have had a dream for the last few years–a dream of providing spiritual, masculine experiences for Fathers and sons.

I ran across this quote recently: “To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.” (Anatole France, 1844-1924). It sums up what I’m attempting to do with and about that dream for fathers and sons. I began to act by talking to other men in our community who have sons and have been affected in deep ways by the Samson Society, New Adam Initiation Weekends, John Eldredge, Richard Rohr, Robert Bly, George McDonald. These and others have given us a language to speak a conversation that promises a great hope- Jesus offers men a deep spiritual and masculine healing that connects us back to the true Father. This connection compels us to invite our sons up to the same journey…a journey that will lead them to the Father.

God has brought four fathers together: Phil Davis, Tom White, Richard Roberts and myself, and we’re excited about our vision for father/son masculine and spiritual experiences. These past few months we have been planning a Father/Son Adventure, and now the date is set for August 22-24! We are calling this “The Father’s Heart Weekend Experience” and it is for fathers and their sons ages 5 – 12. This event will serve as a “stage one” of several stages of a boy’s initiation process; this is the stage John Eldredge calls the “Beloved Son.” We are desiring to create a father/son environment that will embody AWE: Affirmation, Wonder and Exploration for the boys. The overall message that we hope will be communicated to the boys will be: “You are your Father’s delight” and “We love being with you-doing what you love.” We desire to give our sons a taste of the heart of their true Father. The One who created and loves them perfectly.

How are you sharing your heart with your son/s? How are you pointing him to his true Father. Post a comment and let us know your ideas and experiences.

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