Rev. Richard

I help create beautiful memories for wonderful couples who care.

Feb 072015
 

GMYW! Supports GLBT!

Get Married Your Way! is an egalitarian, progressive, universal and spiritually conscious enterprise. We are happy to perform your wedding ceremony as a Celebration of Love, in whatever way you find most meaningful and memorable.

By any account, glbt individuals walk a difficult path. Mainstream culture is rife with intolerance towards any diversity from the norm. People who are different in any way, especially regarding issues of gender and sexuality, are often the targets of a wide range of abuse. The fact that such a person can love at all under such conditions proves that the source of their love is from within. It is beyond social conditioning, but rather a principle of being. I personally believe this raises their capacity for love to an evolved spiritual quality. Anybody who has had to endure the fire-and-brimstone routine has more than earned the right to love whomever and however they choose.

Since civil marriage is not a religious affair, it is not subject to religious considerations. If a couple (of legal age) freely chooses to commit to the terms of a (ostensibly) lifelong bond that civil marriage entails, why should it matter what shape their bodies are? We believe that any and all couples who wish to marry ought to be accorded the same rights and privileges, without discimination. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently also of this opinion, and has provided a long-awaited recognition of the needs of many alternative lifestyle Oklahomans.

The winds may yet again change in regard to this volatile social issue, so if you really are sure you are ready to commit, then all I have to  say is…

Go For It! 🙂

Blessings,

Rev. Richard

 

Jan 012015
 

The Invitation

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.

I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.

I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…

I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.

I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.

I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreamer,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved