Keithe and Jon's Wedding Ceremony
Excerpt from Interfaith Welcome
Today we witness the joining of two lives, two families, two ancient and equally rich cultures. In honor of this union, the bride and groom have chosen to include elements from each tradition for their wedding ceremony, just as they will in the life and family they create together as husband and wife.
As an interfaith couple, Keithe and Jon embody the meaning of respect, tolerance and understanding. Their ceremony celebrates their unity as well as their uniqueness: they will learn from each other and grow, and together they will expand into something greater than either were before. This is a love that knows no boundaries.
Excerpt from Interfaith Blessing
Marriage is a sacred and joyous covenant, a way of life ordained by God from the beginning of creation. And God is smiling! Jon and Keithe enter into this respected convention with open and willing hearts. Let us, therefore, invoke the presence of God, Jesus, the Almighty, Higher Power– by whatever name you understand the presence of Spirit– to bless their marriage here today.
Excerpt from Interfaith Address
Daphne Rose Kingma says that in our differences are found the surrender, which allows us to be surprised by the true nature of love. We are always brought to exactly the experience of love that our soul needs. It is this kind of love that challenges the ego and pulls us off the paths that feel familiar. Through this wedding ceremony, which honors their very different roots and traditions, Jon and Keithe testify to their eagerness to share with one another the wealth of their individual heritages and, at the same time, to build together a marriage based on the best of both.
Keithe and Jon come together without any attempt to convert or impose, bringing only the upmost mutual respect. They have learned to let go of prejudices and truly embrace their differences. This kind of love for another is the biggest love there is: the rock upon which strong faiths and good marriages are built. Theirs is a relationship that has the potential to make the world a better place.
Excerpt from the Blessing of the Wine Ritual
The sharing of wine is a tradition common to Jews and Christians. Wine is a symbol of the joy and goodness of life, and the miracle of transformation. This cup of wine represents the cup of life. In Judaism, one of the most observed rituals is the Kiddush, the blessing over the wine. Wine in the Torah always represents Joy, and so it is that we lift the Kiddush Cup especially at a wedding.
As you share the wine, you undertake to share all that the future may bring. All the sweetness life’s cup may hold for you should be sweeter because you drink together; whatever drops of bitterness it may contain should be less bitter because you share them. Keithe and Jon, before you take the vows that will join you together in marriage, we make a toast to life and to love. I ask you both to drink from the cup not just once, but twice, in honor of both your heritages.