Friend Officiating Wedding (Photo)
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Friends Officiating Weddings: Everything Else You Should Know

We'd like to thank Brides magazine for the shout-out yesterday in their article, "Friends Officiating Weddings 101: Everything You Need to Know." Along with noting that having a friend or family member perform your marriage ceremony can be more intimate and personal -- not to mention cheaper -- than hiring a professional Wedding Officiant, the article… Continue reading Friends Officiating Weddings: Everything Else You Should Know

New Years Eve Wedding (Photo)
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Getting Married This Year? Here’s What You Need To Know…

You were engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! If you are getting married this year, now the fun begins — the planning, the worrying, the "sweating the details." Okay, "fun" may be a relative term, but there's no reason for one of the biggest days of your life to be daunting. The first thing to know… Continue reading Getting Married This Year? Here’s What You Need To Know…

Bride's Place Setting For Minister Ordination (Photo)
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Choose Your Wedding Dress, Flowers, Bridesmaids … and Your Officiant!

So you were recently engaged to get married -- congratulations! Now the fun part -- planning your wedding -- begins in earnest. On your long list of things that need to get done, you probably know who your bridesmaids will be, and you have an idea what your wedding dress will look like, and where… Continue reading Choose Your Wedding Dress, Flowers, Bridesmaids … and Your Officiant!

Nuns Becoming Ordained As Priests (Photo)
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Can A Nun Become Ordained?

We are often asked: are Catholic nuns allowed to become ordained? Our answer is yes. And no. We'll start with the "no." Current canon law and the church's catechism directs that "only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination" to serve as a priest -- and only male priests can lead a parish of Catholic… Continue reading Can A Nun Become Ordained?

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Minister Ordination Across State Lines

C., who serves as an executive assistant for a thriving Christian church in North Carolina, recently wrote us with the following inquiry: We are hiring a pastor from Oklahoma who is a licensed minister by the church he is leaving. We have ordained pastors in our church. In North Carolina, does he have to be… Continue reading Minister Ordination Across State Lines

Chapel On A Hill (Photo)
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Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?

Recently, D. asked us: I have finished all but two classes in my ordination tract because of needing to perform ceremonies. My degree is my license, right? Keep in mind that, unless it is specifically designated as such, a degree does not generally convey ordination on the degree holder. Ordination, per se, is an action taken… Continue reading Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?

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Are You Qualified To Perform Premarital Counseling In Tennessee?

A First Nation clergy member recently asked if being ordained as a ceremonial minister qualified him to provide premarital counseling in Tennessee, which entitles the bridal couple to a discount off of the regular $100 marriage license fee: Tennessee Code Annotated §36-6-413(b)(5) provides that couples who complete premarital preparation courses shall be exempt from the $60 fee… Continue reading Are You Qualified To Perform Premarital Counseling In Tennessee?

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State Of The Union: Performing Marriage Ceremonies In Tennessee

We recently received an inquiry from an out-of-state (non-resident) minister who was concerned about performing a marriage ceremony in Tennessee. His concern was not only about not being a resident of the state, but whether the local court clerk -- who would be issuing the marriage license to the bridal couple -- would accept and recognize the validity of… Continue reading State Of The Union: Performing Marriage Ceremonies In Tennessee

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First Nation Minister Kim Kirkley Celebrates Salik-Riffat Nuptials

The entire First Nation family extends its congratulations and warmest wishes for a lifetime of joy and love to Dr. Irim Salik and Mahmud Riffat, who were married last weekend at Park Savoy Estate, with Kim Kirkley serving as their Celebrant. Kim Kirkley, an ordained and licensed First Nation ceremonial minister, is one of the leading life-cycle… Continue reading First Nation Minister Kim Kirkley Celebrates Salik-Riffat Nuptials