Specially designed, interfaith or no faith, ceremonial gatherings for you:
*Weddings: Similar sex or same sex (no two ceremonies the same!)
*Passages: Recognition of important thresholds such as graduations, days of birth or seasons
*Special Occasions: Namings and unique moments to you and your family
*Memorials: Remembering, honoring and celebrating life
*Blessings: Enacting the goodness of people, places and more!
*Nature-focused (non-theistic) “gathering circles”
See: Secular Sanctuary (an alternative kind of congregation)
Note: These celebrations are not “new age” or based solely on emotion or babbling about the irrational. Celebrations are creatively crafted by You and Chris; each fresh event is uniquely personal. There is no shallow attempt to force all streams of tradition to flow into one muddy river. This is not about inventing weird new forms of an imagined super-natural. These wonderful moments are centered and grounded in Nature and the natural world of which we are a small but significant part. Words are great, but so is silence, and music, and simplicity, and peaceful, graceful centering in circles. Together we participate in a meaningful, communal experience that is respectful, delightful, enjoyable and memorable.
Chris has been performing weddings and other special celebrations since 1987 when he was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister. He left that Protestant ordination in 2001 but retains his legal standing as a Humanist Celebrant (think about it: he has a Master’s degree from a fully-accredited theological institution and 30 years of experience). Though he is a freethinker (in the historic tradition of Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Robert Ingersoll and John Burroughs), his long service as an Interfaith Chaplain as well as friendships and family relationships with people of faith keep him connected to the world of supernatural beliefs. In other words, Chris is sensitive to include some words or music in a ceremony that reflect a couple’s feelings … within reason (smile).
See: Secular Weddings (CNN)
“Thank you! We weren’t sure we could find someone to do the vows just the way we wanted. Then we found you!”
“I think [today’s memorial] went just as our dad would have liked it…calm, reflective and joyous…thank you for leading through this difficult period of our lives.”
Fees: Reasonable donation negotiable