One of the aspects of planning a wedding that can be the most…interesting (let’s say) is navigating the use of tradition in the ceremony. For religious wedding, tradition is baked into that wedding cake; most religions use ceremonies that are long-established, even if the exact parts might not look exactly the same. In a secular ceremony, though, all bets are off – which can be a bit of a double-edged sword.Read More
One thing that is true of many people: We want to be remembered. We want to feel like our lives had meaning that will outlive our own existence. In my experience, religion or a lack thereof doesn’t make much difference; even if you think your incorporeal self will survive your physical death, there is still a world here, and we don’t like feeling that it will have been left unaffected by our tenure in it. We know that the story goes on, but we don’t want it to go on entirely without us.Read More
When people think of secular wedding ceremonies, they might think as much of the beliefs of the couple as much as the content or tone of the ceremony. There is probably something of a presumption that the individuals who would seek out a secular celebrant are not religious themselves, but this isn’t necessarily the case.Read More
“What would you tell someone at a funeral? What kind of hope could you give them?”
Thus said my (religious) mother when I first told her that I was planning on becoming a secular celebrant and that I wanted to perform memorials and funerals as well as weddings and commitment ceremonies.Read More
This post isn’t going to be my life story or a full explanation of what secular celebrants are – you can click the links above and find out more. Instead, I want to give a brief philosophical and personal rationale for why I decided that I wanted to embark on this venture as a secular celebrant.Read More
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