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“We are so thankful for the beautiful ceremony you conducted, your love and support and the work you do. In our current world, your work means so much to us…” --F&B

“It was an honor to have you officiate; I am deeply touched and grateful.” KO

“My husband and I wanted to renew our marriage vows of 30 years. We had renewed every ten with a variety of faiths, and were looking for something different. That's when I recalled our friend and previous neighbor, Eileen. She worked out the perfect scenario: a Judeo-Christian ceremony. It was beautiful! There were tears, there was laughter, but most of all we felt love for each other, guests and all. Memories were honored, and some new ones made, thanks to the compassionate presence of Eileen” DT

“Eileen has been personable and generous from the outset. She really supported me and my wife to come together in a way that was meaningful for us, asking questions to help the three of us recognize who we want to be, and providing insights and suggestions to help us realize that vision, both in our wedding ceremony, and in our first days as an emerging family.” ER

“Eileen was patient, calming, and supportive - even though our request was only a month and a half ahead of our wedding! We were also looking to incorporate three traditions, and she balanced listening with gentle but informed guidance. One of our most magical moments of our wedding was two nights before, when Eileen spent a few hours with us in Lincoln Park, finding a place for us to get married, and co-creating our ceremony. She was truly a remarkable and important part of the time before, the day of, and the time since our wedding.” ZE


"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 family.'"    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.”

 

 




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