Interfaith Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Written by Heather Greene

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Neutral Ground-- It's important for many couples and their families to have a completely neutral ceremony. Many officiants steer clear of using non-inclusive language and avoid using mentions of things unique to one religion (for example, mentions of Israel, Jesus as a savior, etc.) and instead focus on God's love andrepparttar theme of unity and togetherness. In general, we'd advise against havingrepparttar 126931 ceremony in a place of worship unless it is special to bothrepparttar 126932 bride and groom.

Music and Readings-- Incorporate music and readings from both your faiths intorepparttar 126933 ceremony or you can have faith neutral readings and music. We have several suggestions for readings as well as tips for readers weddings in our ceremony section.

Programs-- Wedding programs are almost a necessity at an interfaith wedding if you will be incorporating aspects of two faiths into your wedding. A good program will explainrepparttar 126934 meaning and origin behind any religious rituals that take place atrepparttar 126935 wedding, that way, none ofrepparttar 126936 guests will be confused about what is going on (your guests may not have attended a wedding outside of their faith group).

Having two officiants-- Many interfaith couples are now deciding to have two officiants present at their wedding ceremonies, one from each religion. By having two officiants, you'll be making everyone more comfortable, plus two heads are always better than one and two officiants can give you more ideas about conducting and interfaith ceremony than just one.

Heather Greene is the head writer for the wedding planning site, Wedding Wonderful located at This article originally appeared on Wedding Wonderful.

A Matter Of The End Being Nigh?

Written by A K Whitehead

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Our Legitimate Preoccupations Are we so preoccupied with this question becauserepparttar version of Christianity which we have is so insufficiently exciting that we need to contunually embellish it? hype it up (because we do live in an age and culture of hype)? give it a bit more spin (because we seem to have more spin in our culture than we have simple truth)?

Some may quote Jesus that we should knowrepparttar 126930 signs ofrepparttar 126931 time: "You know how to interpretrepparttar 126932 appearance ofrepparttar 126933 sky, but you cannot interpretrepparttar 126934 signs ofrepparttar 126935 times." (Matthew 16. 3). But Matthew 24. 36 clearly over-rides this. Indeed, Jesus immediately went on to warn that "A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it exceptrepparttar 126936 sign of Jonah." And, it says, Jesus then left them and went away. When we become preoccupied with looking for, trying to discern, expectingrepparttar 126937 end times in our day, are we not putting ourselves inrepparttar 126938 same category? ThePharisees and Sadducees wanted a sign because what they had before them was not enough. But in fact, had they been able to discern it, what they had was considereably more than enough.

Paul's case was different. He simply mistookrepparttar 126939 situation. We cannot claim that. We have his mistake and 2000 years of history as a basis for knowing differently. To knowrepparttar 126940 daterepparttar 126941 Father has determined is simply not in our portfolio to be concerned with. In a sense, it does not, or at least should not, matter to us whetherrepparttar 126942 Second Coming comes at tea time today or in another 2000 years.

In either case, there will be primarily one judgement for each of us. Surely, our concern is to be ready for that - whenever it comes. How and when and where it comes is of no consequence, if only we are ready for it.

About The Author A K Whitehead Web Site: Experience: Over twenty years in Christian healing and teaching. Qualifications: B.A., M.Phil., Cambridge University Certificate in Religious Studies. Conditions of use: This article may be reproduced on condition that it is unaltered and that all this information is included.

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