Thursday, December 27, 2012

Celebrating Winter Holidays

The children in today's village class made this display of the many different holidays people celebrate in the winter time.  

May your family's holiday celebrations bring you joy.  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hooray for Marriage Equality!

Almost two years ago, the elementary age children in the Spirit Play class heard a story called "Valentines for the Governor" as part of their religious education curriculum.  The story was about how Unitarian Universalists in California had bombarded the governor with valentines requesting marriage equality for all.  I included this lesson because it was suggested by the curriculum we were using that year, but I didn't really think at that time that marriage equality would become a reality in our own state of Washington anytime soon.  I remember thinking, it's good for the children to see how other Unitarian Universalists are working to make a difference.  Maybe someday we'll be doing that in Washington.  

Flash forward two years (only two years!)  When we found out that the first day same-sex marriages were to be legal in Washington state, Rev. James and I decided that we would hold the first weddings at Saltwater Church, during the worship service.  And we would invite all the children and youth to participate too, so all ages could witness this historic event.

I feel so lucky to have been able to celebrate my wedding day with all of you, and am thrilled that we were able to have a double ceremony with Devin and Geoffery!

Thank you everyone who was able to be a part of our ceremony this morning, and to everyone who has shared their love and support in making marriage equality a reality.