Agnostic / Born Again Christian
African American Muslim/African American Baptist
Zoroastrian / Hindu
Japanese Shinto / English Anglican
African American Baptist / Moroccan Muslim
Evangelical Christian / Jewish
Russian French Jewish Sufi / African American, Native American
Born Again Christian - Catholic
Chinese Taoist-Confucian / American Protestant
Puerto Rican Catholic/African American Jehovah Witness
Iranian Muslim/ American Episcopal
Egyptian Muslim/Indian Catholic
Afghani Muslim-Unitarian Anglo Saxon
Greek Orthodox/Lutheran Iranian-Jewish
Japanese Shinto/Jewish American
Pakistani Muslim/Austrian Protestant
African American Baptist/South Indian Hindu
Vietnamese Buddhist/Korean Presbyterian
Iranian Jewish/Christian Chinese
Armenian Orthodox Christian/Jewish
and various other wonderful combinations of interfaith, interdenominational
and intercultural unions.
traditions can be honored in a way that is inclusive, in a
way where no one feels excluded or offended. Family issues
are reconciled with great sensitivity and love. As an interfaith
couple you embody the meaning of respect, tolerance and understanding.
You bring healing and hope. You help bring us one step closer
towards world peace.
here to read my article on Celebrating
Diversity in the U.S.
couples wishing to celebrate their cultural heritage
with or without religious context
have extensive experience working with cultures from all around
the world. You can celebrate your cultural backgrounds by
incorporating rituals, blessings, prayers or readings reflective
of your heritage in a cultural non-religious way. These can
be adapted in a universal context for interfaith, intercultural,
interracial marriages so that no one is excluded or offended.
Scroll down below for examples of some of the rituals offered.
You may also refer to the Table of Contents of my book Joining
Hands and Hearts.
the couple who wishes a spiritual ceremony
without religious dogma
ceremony has all the elements of a spiritual ceremony, we
speak of God, there are blessings and prayers but we leave
out the dogma. Rituals and symbolism are done in a universal
context speaking to all hearts. Should you choose readings
from religious text, we choose those which are universal.
Or perhaps you prefer readings from poetry or literature?
Fortunately there is a copious amount of written material
spanning every era, culture and creed for every aspect of
your ceremony. Again the core of the ceremony is about yourselves,
love, relationship and family...always from the heart.
the couple who wants a humanist ceremony
often refer to a humanist ceremony as a civil ceremony with
heart. We offer humanist ceremonies (without mentioning God).
Where there is love there is sanctity. Marriage is sacred. While using secular language this ceremony feels spiritual.
2nd and 3rd marriage ceremonies and marriages
find love once is in itself a miracle, to find it again is
a testimony to the human spirit and God's infinite compassion.
There are wonderful ways to convey your love. We honor and
embrace life's complexities, life's richness. There are wonderful
ways to include and honor your children, bringing togetherness
and healing. I have officiated at many marriages for divorced
same sex couples
We joyously celebrate and bless same sex marriages! Love takes many forms. Gods
love is diversity. We offer all the ceremonies above in language
and ritual that is appropriate for your wedding. We are thrilled that NYC has long last legalized same sex weddings!
Rev. Macomb was honored to perform NYC Grand Central Station's first gay wedding featured in
The Huffington Post.
examples of the rituals offered:
We offer an amazing collection of blessings, prayers, readings,
quotes, legends and rituals from traditions around the world
spanning era, culture and creed which are too numerous to
list! These are celebrated in a universal context. Within
interfaith, intercultural ceremonies, the symbolism of the
rituals is explained to all those present.
complete manual of all rituals, vows, prayers and blessings
are featured and described in my book, Joining Hands and Hearts.)
honoring of parents and grandparents (optional)
honoring of those who have passed (optional)
honoring of children (if applicable)
personal address (where I speak to you)
exchanging of vows (I have a wonderful selection of
You may modify or choose to write your own)
blessing and exchange of rings
the kiss (Though not a ritual, I consider it mandatory!!)
Christian unity candle
passing of the sign of peace
drinking of wine
sharing of bread
Celtic hand fasting
readings, prayers and blessings from all traditions
Jewish chuppah, seven Jewish wedding blessings, the
the breaking of the glass
exchange of the Greek stephana (crowns)
Irish wedding blessing
Iranian sofreh, Sufi Poetry
African/American jumping of the broom, pouring of libations,
partaking of spices
Native American blessings and rituals
Filipino veil and cord ceremony
San- San-Kudo (Japanese Sake ceremony), Honoring of
Vivaha Homa/Lighting of the Sacred Fire/Hindu Seven Steps/Satapadi, the Mangalsutra, the exchange of garlands and other Hindu rituals
Chinese Tea Ceremony, symbolism and legend
Moroccan sharing of
date and sweet milk
Spanish exchange of coins/Arras
butterfly legend/butterfly release
the Scottish Quaich
..and the list goes on and
Again, you may click here to read my article on Celebrating
Diversity in the U.S.
those about to join in marriage:
is a blessed time. May you be showered with joy!
Susanna Stefanachi Macomb
other pages in this site
| baby ceremonies
| vow renewals