I see Worship and Rites of Passage as essential elements of how to integrate one’s embodied human experience with our creation of religious communities and creating narratives of our lives. Worship is often a newcomer’s first interactive experience with the congregation, its people, and its values, and should reflect that. Worship also reminds even the longest-term members why they became members in the first place and why they return week after week. Rites of Passage allow us to mark milestones in our lives, sharing significant changes and life shifts with our larger community. They provide a matrix in which we can find stability, comfort, joy, and healing.
In worship, I strive to use elements from UU published (or otherwise made) resources and creators, and each sermon I write is intentionally linked to some part of UU faith formation and identity, like an event or person from our history. I always link sermons/homilies to one or more of our Principles. I make a point, over time, to find inspiration from all six of our sources.
I use my training to create and hold a liturgical space in which the participants can safely do their “work of the people”. In design of worship and rituals, I collaborate to learn what those involved want to communicate, what elements are important to them, and offer counsel from my past experiences and knowledge of established traditions. I also love learning about new ways to do worship and rites of passage.
Testimonials from some of the couples I have married:
“Meghann is a wonderful, remarkable minister and a joy to work with. Talking with Meghann leading up to our wedding was almost like participating in couples counseling; we asked ourselves and each other important questions about our marriage and strengthened our bond and resolve. Meghann was responsive to all of our questions throughout the process and flexible in honoring our requests. The ceremony, which Meghann crafted uniquely for us, was beautiful, romantic, and true to who we are as a couple. There was not a dry eye in the house.”
“Meghann was courteous and respectful of our requests to make the ceremony both meaningful and simple. We especially appreciated her eagerness to perform the marriage on a day when she would normally have been enjoying a day off.” (These gentlemen wished to be legally married on the 44th anniversary of their original commitment ceremony, which was a Monday.)
“Meghann was a blessing. She was kind, warm, and inviting, as well as professional, accommodating, and well-prepared. We received so many compliments on our tailor-made ceremony, most of them directed at how wonderful of an officiant Meghann was! My wife and I are forever grateful and will always cherish our perfect day, made even more perfect with Meghann’s help.”