There has been a discussion on a Mailing List That Shall Not Be Named about clericals and vestments. It is one of those confidential lists that I like to write on, but really want to recycle to material for the blog — so I’ll pull my own words and anonymize the rest. (More about that… Continue reading KenCollins.com
Philocrites writes about an article describing more personalized, non-traditional, and ultimately secular wedding (and other) services. These have been the bread and butter of a good number of Unitarian Universalist ministers, who have been specializing in “custom services” from the days of the Nehru jacket. And sometimes unconsciously with as much bad taste. I used… Continue reading More on Weddings
I have mildly negative feelings about the Reagan presidency, and in contrast to the current administration, they get milder all the time. Following my mother’s “if you don’t have anything nice” dictum, I’ll stick to the funeral service, which was gently touching. I wouldn’t have been my choice, but it isn’t my funeral! (Didn’t the… Continue reading The Reagan funeral
Getting some more Universalist content online, and focusing on Universalist attitiudes towards baptism. My lastest addition includes two baptism rites with prayers. They aren’t fabulous, indeed the language is a bit overwrought. Still, someone might like them. See Remarks upon Baptism, with a Form for its Administration. from The Universalist Manual, or Book of Prayers… Continue reading Do note this baptism rite
A friend in Massachusetts asked for marriage services.
I’ve heard that a colleague in Massachusetts has wondered what kind of ceremony is proper (or indeed, necessary) for a couple married in that church, but outside the benefit of law, once marriage licences are issued same-sex couples. Golly: I wish I had that problem, but even though I don’t, might I offer an opinion?… Continue reading Liturgical options when same sex marriage arrives
When I commented at my “Wedding in the Universalist Tradition” site [link down: 21 April 2005] that the 1839 Menzies Rayner service has “little to commend itself for use today” I was clearly mistaken. Ths evening, I will officiate the marriage of two church members with an abridgement of this rite, which you can read… Continue reading Married, Universalist style
This afternoon, after worship is over, I’ll head to the airport and fly to Providence. From there, a car to suburban Boston, to the First Parish Church in Weston where my friend Peter Boullata will be ordained to the Christian ministry. I’ll offer him the right hand of fellowship. I’ve seen people try to get… Continue reading The right hand of fellowship