Standing at the precipice of full federal equality for all Americans and the Defense of Marriage Act being declared officially unconstitutional, it is an exciting time to be able to officiate at weddings.
Conferring with the couple, designing the ceremony and promises, each wedding is not just unique but above, beyond, outside of rote, standard and pale. This couple wrote their vows, planted a family tree and rode away on the Trinity River in a boat trimmed with flowers. It was not just their dream manifest but their gift to all who atteneded as we could be part of their vision of love everlasting.
From the Darnell Keltner Wedding 2011~
Today we celebrate that:
• These souls have recognized one another.
• These souls decided to live a shared life.
• These souls are charting a journey together.
• These souls have met & agreed to transform & enhance one another.
• They merged all of their hopes, dreams, sorrows; past, present and future.
• They are uniting their intentions and changing their paths forever.
• Because this is their calling.
Delivered at Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood.
excerpt of eulogy for Dr. Tiller
Thank you for this opportunity to speak in this meeting of the spirit. Most often we are speaking at political events, when we make a point to not mention the spirit and soul. Now, here at this beautiful Synagogue, Congregation Kol Ami, we can talk of the spirit.
I believe in reincarnation. I believe that people are born to the next life based on what they designed through their previous life and the circumstances of their death. (It is not lost on me that another great soul died in prayer, by a point blank shooting, M.K.Gandhi.)
I believe that George Tiller’s soul is in that place between the worlds planning the next life. This is one daydream I hold about Dr Tiller’s soul ~ Sometime in the future a little girl will be born. She will be healthy and smart. In her world, women will have irrevocable domain over their bodies, birth control will be free and reliable, women who become pregnant will be able to make private informed choices with safe, loving care by well-paid professionals.
As a life-long activist, the question always arises, “what is our action item?” Today’s action item is to create such a world so this American Mahatma, this Great Soul, deserves to come back to.