Google+ Blog | Galen Broaddus, Secular Celebrant

But What About Tradition?

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.

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+ 16thMar Unions of Love

“Give What’s Left of Me Away”: A Jewish Meditation

One of my Facebook friends recently attended a bat mitzvah, and she posted this picture of a reading that was done during the service:

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2 5thMar Memorials

The Wishes of the Dead: Do Memorial Plans Matter?

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.

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+ 25thFeb Memorials

Values Over Beliefs: A Brief Primer on Interfaith Weddings

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.

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+ 23rdFeb Unions of Love

Why Death is Hard and Must Be Faced

“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.

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+ 20thFeb Memorials

Introductions: Why I’m a Secular Celebrant

Hi, my name is Galen, and I’m a secular celebrant.

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.

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+ 20thFeb Meta
About Galen
Galen is a certified Secular Celebrant with the Center for Inquiry (CFI). The views expressed on this site do not necessarily represent those of CFI. (For more information about Galen, click here.)
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