To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
- Elizabeth Gilbert
Your special day only happens once. You need and deserve to have spiritual care to witness your commitment to one another. Some people look outside the church or other spiritual communities for this witness. Maybe you don’t have a church home right now. Maybe your relationship is not honored in your church home. Maybe you are not religious, but you still want a spiritual leader to oversee your ceremony. Our spiritual care professionals can be with you and provide the service you long for.
Marriage and commitment ceremonies are more than just a cultural expression and a chance to party. It certainly is those things. It is also a ritual that marks a beginning and an end. It is a relational, familial and communal rite of passage.
Why rituals? Rituals are a marker that acknowledges and honors the past while embracing hope for the future. Rituals have a way of providing a sacred pause in the midst of an ordinary life. Rituals offer space for our inner worlds and outer worlds to mingle and find congruence. In a world that is often lived in isolation and with distance, rituals bring people together, help us connect, and create a sense of belonging. Rituals lead us in the important and healing work of meaning making and creating purpose. Rituals are rites of passages that help us connect the threads of our lives into a meaningful tapestry and story. Rituals tell the story of our lives.