A modern-day example of covenanting with a group and valuing visible identifiable markers is the Greek system on our university campuses. Students pledge, or apply, to join a fraternity or sorority, which can include interviews, tests, or other rituals. Once the student is accepted into the Greek society, they form family lines (older members adopting and training new members), commit to lifelong membership (and payment of dues) and proudly wear the Greek letters on their shirts, keychains, car bumper stickers, and anywhere else they might be able to display their new allegiance. Sometimes Greek societies have rightfully earned a bad reputation, but there are good things that have come from them, such as networking for future careers, philanthropic giving, volunteering with local charitable organizations, and providing a community on campus as well nationwide. Individuals identify with their Greek society for life. For more information on the secular college Greek system, go here: https://www.greekyearbook.com/a-brief-history-of-greek-life/.
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