What attracted you to Humanism?
Philosophically, I consider myself a Secular Humanist, but I was raised Southern Baptist in the deep south by religious parents. I understood very young that traditions like Santa Claus were lovely, but also fairy tales. When that became apparent to me, the unseen and unheard “God” also came under suspicion. Faith just didn’t make sense to me. Despite being the only nonbeliever, aside from my dear, agnostic sister, I knew growing up, the more I read and studied, the more convinced I became that the world is natural, not supernatural. What a relief and a responsibility!
Why did you become a Celebrant?
Endorsed by the American Humanist Association as a Humanist Celebrant or Officiant, I think it is important to mark major life events with ceremony and celebration and that we don’t need a religion to do so. Humans need poignant words and rituals for these events that usher us into and through our communities and make us, as a new couple and family, a part of them. Telling a loved one goodbye and honoring their life is almost as important.
What do you enjoy about being a Celebrant?
Humanists believe that people thrive with tradition and ritual when it comes to major life events like marriage when two people become one family. With all the planning, joy and tears involved; this is your wedding and it should reflect who the two of you are when you exchange your vows and I feel good about being able to offer that when religious ceremonies often can't. It is my deepest honor and pleasure to join you on this wonderful day of celebration as your Celebrant and give you the ceremony that helps reflect your love brightly to all your family, friends, and guests.
What can a Celebrant bring to our wedding?
You may want to combine into your ceremony the cultural backgrounds and traditions that will make your marriage ceremony unique. This is what a Humanist Celebrant can bring to your ceremony - the very tone your wedding takes. A Humanist wedding ceremony can range from a traditional wedding (minus the reference to a deity) to a creative, unique ceremony not bound by a particular religion's requirements. Your ceremony is the centerpiece to your occasion. I want to help you make your day a special one. When we are with you on your wedding day you can be sure your joy will be our joy. We will, together, create a wonderful ceremony for you and your family and it will be a beautiful day. Do remember that we don’t, however, perform weddings with religious content.