Archive for the ‘Celebrations & Rituals’ Category

 

The Marriage Mix

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I am delighted to announce the publication of my first book: The Marriage Mix, How to Create Interfaith/Interspiritual/Intercultural Wedding Ceremonies.

  • A Step-by-Step Guide for Interfaith/Interspiritual/Intercultural Wedding Officiants
  • An A-Z Resource of Ideas and Tools for Creating Meaningful and Custom Ceremonies
  • A Model for How to Connect with Couples, including Same-Sex Couples, in Deep and Personal Ways as They Plan for Their Wedding Day and Build a Foundation for Their Future Together
  • Plus a useful Handbook for Marriage-Bound Couples

Buy on Amazon Today!

-Rev. Lynn

The Circle of Life

Friday, October 8th, 2010

How exciting! This is my very first wedding couple in New York City, Katie and Nick. They had a beautiful baby boy, this year, who they named Jack. Nick is my godson, and now I am blessed to be Jack’s great godmother. The circle of life is breathtaking.

–Rev. Lynn

Photo above, Rev. Lynn invited to join Katie & Nick’s family and friends in celebrating their pregnancy 2015
Photography Katie & Nick

The Power of Authenticity

Friday, October 8th, 2010

To set the tone of this blog, I am sharing these words.

The real beloved is that one who is unique,
who is your beginning and your end.
When you find that one,
you’ll no longer expect anything else.

These are words written in the 13th century by Persian poet, Rumi, who passionately loved another man.

A short time ago in these United States of America, women and men who sincerely loved another of their own gender were not able to express their profound commitment to one another by marrying. Same-Sex couples did not have the legal right to be wed as they are now able to do as a result of their determination, personal risk and dedication to authenticity. This is cause for admiration and applause.

In the coming years, people of entire political and religious spectrums will look back and wonder how that right could ever have been denied–the right to be recognized, protected and given the benefits of married couples by our government, our neighbors and even ourselves. This will be much akin to the way we incredulously recall the historical shift in status of American women and black citizens when they gained the right to vote.

There is really only one question that everyone needs to be asked. What is really important in life? Is there anyone who can deny that love is the bottom line? The desire to love and to be loved is both irresistible and universal. When we are lucky and love’s power finds us, we become vulnerable to its vagaries. Genuine love is not logical and has little to do with age, race, wealth or gender. Love is a magnificent experience that has everything to do with feelings of familiarity, loyalty, support, values, and yes, physical warmth. Everyone deserves ownership to love whomever they wish!

Whoopi Goldberg said it best: “Really, darling, it’s a no-brainer. You know, I understand not everybody is for gay marriage. But if you’re not for gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person…”

–Rev. Lynn

Photo Above, Rev. Lynn Gladstone joyously performed the wedding of Martin and Oliver in CA, 2015
Photographer jessicacastroweddings.com