More and more people from all different backgrounds
are choosing to have interfaith ceremonies.
What is an interfaith ceremony?
It is a ceremony that celebrates the spirituality which unites us and honors
our differences with respect, love and joy. God is called by many names and has
billions of faces. In an interfaith ceremony we remember that it is love that
transcends all, and it is within our hearts where we find common ground. As Albert
Einstein put it, "Remember your humanity!" The spiritual teachings at
the core of all religious traditions and humanist philosophies are emphasized.
Rituals, blessings and prayers are offered in a way that is appropriate for interfaith,
I have been privileged to work with people of all faiths, cultures and colors.
Our ceremonies are personal, heartfelt, inclusive and elegant. They are ceremonies
from the heart. Each service is unique and completely reflective of you, your
beliefs and traditions. We work through the most sensitive issues with care, love
After an humanist ceremony I had conducted, a man came over to me and said,
"I want you to know that I agree with your theology." I tilted my head
in amusement as it happened to be a ceremony where the word God was not mentioned,
nor had I espoused any particular theology. I then put my hand gently upon this
mans hand and replied, "It is a theology of the heart." Hence,
the title for the first chapter of my book: "What is Interfaith? A Philosophy
of the Heart"
To learn more about the book, see: Joining
Hands and Hearts, Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations, A Practical
Guide for Couples
A function of a celebrant is to help bring the congregation
from the everyday eating, drinking, walking life into the sense of the sacred.
We must remove the veil to see the transcendent in the everyday. We must
see with the eye of the heart. I think of the words of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan,
"Our religious ceremonies are but the shadows of that great worship celebrated
in the heavens by the legions of heavenly beings..."
Life is an echo of the infinite. To feel connected to life, we need to hear
the song of the universe. For we, life and universe are in essence one. As celebrant,
spiritual counselor, author and artist, it is my vision, my prayer to hear and
participate in that song. In doing so it is my hope to help others to hear the
song as well."
Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb
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