From their beginning to their most recent page, the annals of human
history reveal the transcendent importance of marriage. The
lifelong union of a man and a woman always has promised nobility and dignity to all persons, without
regard to their station in life. Marriage is sacred to those who
live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its
dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found
alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons.
Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to
our most profound hopes and aspirations. The centrality of
marriage to the human condition makes it unsurprising that the
institution has existed for millennia and across civilizations.
Since the dawn of history, marriage has transformed strangers into
relatives, binding families and societies together. Confucius taught that marriage
lies at the foundation of government. This wisdom was echoed
centuries later and half a world away by Cicero, who wrote, “The
first bond of society is marriage; next, children; and then the
written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, June 2015
The Interfaith Union is proud to recognize
the gift that marriage provides to society and is honored to walk
beside you. As interfaith couples and families, or same-sex
couples, often the sacred rituals of our families of origin no
longer fit our needs: we are challenged to make meaning out of the
sacred symbolism of our actions.
If you are looking for a Chaplain/Officiant
for support or guidance
— whether for a celebration of marriage or at the end of
life, planning a funeral
— please contact Eileen@theinterfaithunion.org.
P. Overton said “when we walk to the edge of all the light we have and
take that step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe
that one of two things will happen: there will be something
solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught how to fly.”