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    Destination Weddings

    Destination Weddings

    The first I ever heard of destination weddings was when my daughter got married 11 years ago. She and her husband got married in Cabo San Lucas. I didn’t understand…

    Title Dress Your Table for Halloween

    Title Dress Your Table for Halloween

    By Courtney Lake A friend professed to me that he found Halloween’s only redeemable quality as being it gave attractive people an excuse to dress slutty. However, if you have…

    Religious or Spiritual, Marriage Is Still a Great Blessing

    Religious or Spiritual, Marriage Is Still a Great Blessing

    Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. In the last San Francisco Bay Times, Reverend Elizabeth River shared two closing prayers. Both were examples of readings appropriate…

    Religious or Spiritual, Marriage Is Still a Great Blessing

    Religious or Spiritual, Marriage Is Still a Great Blessing

    I recently had breakfast with my Clergy Gals group and enjoyed a nice conversation about weddings with Linda, a Presbyterian minister. She mentioned that a couple she is marrying are…

    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…