Ceremony and Spiritual Direction

Spirit of Life and of Love, may these two live lives richly blessed by love. May they know in their bodies the passion that sparks and burns in mutual allure. May they know in their hearts the glow of shared compassion and respect and caring. And may they know in their hands the light of love turned outward in acts of caring and justice in a world that is always longing to be made anew. In this time of silence I invite you to offer your own silent prayers and good wishes for the couple.  So may it be. Amen.

As a Unitarian Universalist Minister, I’m honored to officiate weddings, child dedications, and lead services of remembrance and memorial. I also am available for Spiritual Direction/Deep Listening.   My ministryis marked by:

Authenticity
Simplicity
Intentionality
Reverence
Justice

In general, after a commitment has been made to conduct a ceremony, a face to face meeting establishes the context and tone, and provides me with the information with which to prepare the service. Further communication generally takes place by phone and email.

As a Unitarian Universalist, deeds, not creeds guide my religious life. As such, services are marked by declarations of the heart, stories of life, with a relevance to creating heaven on earth. Each service has a uniqueness, brought about by the lives of the people involved. My services follow a protestant form, influenced heavily by ideals of spiritual freedom, interdependent mutuality of all life, and integrity. May we be impeccable with our word. I am not a christian, yet am comfortable with ceremonies that are. You may learn more about my faith at www.uua.org.

Fees for ceremonies are negotiable. Our professional association recommends $300. Services may be done in congregations, or outdoors.  If you are interested in discussing a ceremony, please contact me.  Individual Spiritual Direction is based on a sliding scale from $30-$75/hour.  I generally meet with persons at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR.

With peace,

Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons

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