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Meaningful Rituals Can Play a Role in Divorce, Too

Meaningful Rituals Can Play a Role in Divorce, Too

Recently I was in Ashland for the first time to see shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As with any city I visit, I searched for local bookstores. There are…

Creating Your Own Interfaith Wedding

Creating Your Own Interfaith Wedding

When I first learned about creating wedding ceremonies to honor and mark the important transitions in life, I was captivated. I grew up Quaker, a member of the Society of…

Seven Wedding Blessings

Seven Wedding Blessings

As an Interfaith minister, I close most weddings with a blessing of some sort, whatever religious traditions the brides and grooms follow. It is one of the traditional elements in…

Pride in Marriage

Pride in Marriage

Bay Area civic pride is palpable, from the Golden State Warriors victory celebrations earlier this month to all of the rainbow motifs now in more businesses than ever before. It…

Elope, or Have a Wedding?

Elope, or Have a Wedding?

Over the 11 years I have been officiating weddings, most couples have chosen to celebrate marriage with a full wedding ceremony surrounded by friends and relatives. But some choose to…

The Anticipation Builds

The Anticipation Builds

As the day draws near for the Supreme Court to issue its decision in the marriage equality cases, the urge to decipher any clue as to what the Court will…

Working Toward a Giant Victory in June

Working Toward a Giant Victory in June

As anticipation builds for the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision this June, we felt lucky to be able to attend Marriage Equality USA’s annual awards celebration shortly after returning…

Two Grooms on the Threshold of Their Wedding

Two Grooms on the Threshold of Their Wedding

My friends Carl Hungerford and Andy Dvorak are just about to get married—next month! They live in San Francisco and have been together for 5 years. I asked them to…

Marriages Today Just Don’t Work, or Do They?

Marriages Today Just Don’t Work, or Do They?

I recently read an online article by Anthony D’Ambrosio who wrote that “marriages today just don’t work.” He went on to mention that his generation (he is 29 years old…

Couple Facing Second Marriage Challenges with Grace and Integrity

Couple Facing Second Marriage Challenges with Grace and Integrity

I recently met with 2 women who have asked me to marry them this fall. Presently, they live apart—Catherine lives in the Sacramento area, and Kit lives in Texas. They…

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