Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
– Mary Oliver
Honoring the Human Experience…
Ceremony, done well, can be transformative. Through it, we witness one another. Ceremony strengthens community and provides support to those in transition, solace to the grieving, and applause for new beginnings and triumphant ends.
Every life provides occasion for ceremony. Life-cycle observances of marriage, welcoming children, parting and death are milestones along the way where an officiant provides meaningful service. Whether celebrating a new beginning or a life well lived, ceremonies should be as unique as the person or people being honored.
I provide nonreligious ceremonies in order to serve our increasingly diverse society, and to place the focus rightly on the individuals involved. Your ceremony is a visible reflection of your distinctive approach in life. A secular ceremony is uniquely able to honor all who gather with you to mark the moment, including those of differing cultures, traditional heritage or belief systems. After talking with you about your history and your hopes for the event, I will write and lead a completely custom ceremony for you, reflective of your vision, values and personality.
Your Celebrant-led wedding ceremony will tell the unique and beautiful story of your love and commitment. It will be a true reflection of your personalities and your relationship.
Whether you are expecting or recently gave birth, have expanded your family through adoption or are blending two families, a welcoming ceremony honors your child’s place in your family and creates a beautiful lifelong memory.
Funerals and memorials are for the living. There are no rules. We will honor and remember your loved one in the most personal and appropriate way for you.
…Celebrating Life’s Journey
Humanist Celebrants offer creative and caring solutions. What are your needs and goals? What kind of experience do you want to have? What are you looking for in a ceremony officiant or consultant? We’ll start with those questions and go from there. My personalized Celebrant services are created in partnership with you to reflect your values, beliefs, and desires. The first step is a free, no-obligation meeting to see if we’re a good fit.
The heart of a Celebrant ceremony is your personal story. Whether it’s a tribute to a loved one who has passed, the love story that led to a wedding or vow renewal, or the account of your personal journey, I will work with you to honor, witness, and celebrate the deeper meaning in your life.
As your celebrant, I will:
Design a personalized ceremony, reflecting the life and personality of the participants.
Provide compassionate emotional and organizational support.
Guide you in the decision-making process, providing as much or as little assistance as you need.
Function seamlessly with other professionals of your choosing, including wedding planners, funeral directors, and religious clergy.
A Humanist Celebrant is an ambassador of Humanism, serving as a community leader and ceremony officiant. Certification as a Humanist Celebrant confers legal equivalency to ordained clergy and privileges, including solemnization of weddings and funeral rites. A celebrant can also be a resource when crises or needs arise in the community.
Humanism is a rational philosophy that- without supernaturalism- affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. It is informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion.
Affirming the dignity of each human being, Humanism supports liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. Free of theism and other supernatural beliefs, Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny. Read more about Humanism here.