On Sunday March 18, 2018, a group of men were welcomed into the Mid-Atlantic community as new brothers at a celebration at the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, MD. If you missed the event, it was a fantastic celebration — well-attended with a potluck dinner afterwards. Men from the Mid-Atlantic council, area men’s circles (I-groups), and friends and family arrived to show their support.
Here’s a brief recap:
The new brothers at the celebration completed their New Warrior Training Adventure on March 4, 2018, and gathered before an audience to share and speak to a wider community about the changes they experienced and thoughts or feelings that arose after reflecting on their adventure. Friends and families of the new brothers were also invited to the celebration and given a chance to speak — many commented on energetic and emotional shifts in the men. Frequently, the comments of spouses and friends elicited laughter from the audience; we men in Mankind Project know all too well how our friends and family see the changes in us. Several of the new brothers were also supported by local men’s circles (I-groups) of which they were already members.
Area Steward, Tim Illig kicked off the celebration, and our area’s NWTA administrator, Dave Marshall, took over as emcee for the event. He introduced the new brothers to our council members and explained their various roles, and he also introduced them to a representative from Woman Within (http://womanwithin.org/) in case they knew of female friends or family that wanted a transformational experience similar to the NWTA.
These men are exceptional not only for their number in attendance at the New Brother Celebration but also because they showed interest in staffing future NWTAs and working within the Mid-Atlantic area. Some are already active in men’s circle and one man participates in the community program Boys to Men (http://boystomen.org/). We welcome these amazing men into our area and look forward to seeing more them in the future.
Photos by Spriggan