This post comes to you from Tracy Sexton our National Ritual Chairman.
Spring is also an eventful time for initiations and with Founders' Day around the
corner, we will now reflect on an aspect of Theta Phi Alpha’s rich history to address
both Initiation and our Founders. A big question this year has been what to wear (or
not wear) to Initiation. Nationally, we encourage women in all phases of membership
to follow the instructions outlined in the Ritual book. Ritual is conducted with the
utmost respect and dignity. Items that can detract from the solemnity of the
ceremony should be removed. Historically our would wake New Members in the
middle of the night and take them to Initiation as they were. That’s right; no makeup,
no jewelry, and likely no stylish hair. As we no longer support or allow the idea of
waking new members in the middle of the night for Initiation, we do still encourage
members of all phases to attend Initiation in their natural appearance.
Finally, this busy Ritual season concludes with graduation. This could involve sisters
going from the collegiate to alumna stage or an alumna furthering her education. As
I myself am about to graduate, I have thought long and hard about this phase. I’m
torn as to where I want to work or what I want to do after graduation. At times, I find
myself distracted by opportunities for reasons that should not matter such as a
higher, unnecessary salary. As the daily struggle to figure out ‘what I want be when I
grow up’ is real, I read the creed. The line “Honor valued over wealth” immediately
pointed my needle to the North. I realized that about half of the jobs I considered
applying for were not what I really wanted to do, but the salaries were quite enticing.
As many sisters are unsure of the path ahead, I encourage you ladies to use the
creed as a guide in every stage of life.
Theta Phi Alpha’s Ritual is a beautiful legacy rooted from the lessons learned by our
founders. During this busy Ritual season, I encourage you to celebrate our values
by participating in NRCW and to discern what our Ritual means to you. You can do
this by reading the Ritual Book, reflecting on the Creed, or participating in one of the
activities listed on the website. As we enter this spring season, now is the time to
refresh the lifelong commitment we made to our Ritual and allow it to guide us
through new beginnings.
Tracy Sexton, GN, National Ritual Chairman