Post # 1
my finance and I are gettting married in august. we just booked our venue. he’s hindu and I am christian and we intend on doing both ceremonies. i’m having difficulty even thinking about how I am going about finding a pastor. my mother wants me to find a christian pastor, however i don’t believe that the pastor will be supportive. do i just go about finding someone online to officiate? I do want spirituality to be involved, but not to the point where they pastor is trying to convert everyone to christianity by the end of the ceremony. any recommendations of where to look?
Post # 3
I’m not sure where you live. In Canada, the largest Protestant denomination is the United Church of Canada. They are generally quite liberal and will marry a Christian and a non-Christian (and you can probably have a lot of input on the ceremony wording). Otherwise, if you are not in Canada, you can always go with the Unitarian church. They are also quite open to various beliefs and will okay with marrying two people of different faiths. I hope that helps…
Post # 4
I know a lot of Christian officiants will marry you. I’m Caucasian American, hubby is Indian. We had our Indian wedding in November in India. American wedding will be in six weeks here in PA. Had his family lived here, we would have had one, big wedding. I agree with the others in that you could do the American ceremony first, then do the Hindu ceremony. Have both foods, dances (we’re having Bollywood tunes at our American reception too-best dance music!) and it will be awesome. Good luck finding an officiant. Internet should help!
Post # 5
There are a decent number of liberal churches out there that won’t have a problem. Consider a Christian congregation of Unitarians or the United Church of Christ.
Post # 6
Also, consider getting a friend ordained online!
I was surprised to find that my pastor was not supportive, but I hope you will have better luck 🙂 We ultimately decided to just make it legal with a judge before we have the Hindu wedding.
Post # 7
Just talk to some pastors you feel comfortable with. I’m christian and my boyfriend is atheist. But my pastor (who is also my best friend’s father) will be marrying us when the time comes. I’ve spoken with him on this and he can do a spiritual ceremony, but not necessarily something overtly Christian. The only catch is that we’re required to do marriage counseling with him beforehand which both of us had already planned on doing.
Post # 8
You’d be surpirsed how open certain pastors might be. I am Jain (similar to Hindu) and my Fiance is Presbyterian. We are having an inter-faith ceremony where just about every other step is one of the other. If you PM me I can send you our ceremony program so you can see how we are blending it all together. Neither or us have any interest in coverting to the other’s religion so we thought it best to begin our married life with a blended ceremony. Good luck finding someone!
Post # 9
My friend is Jain and her Fiance is Catholic. They are having a Jain ceremony that is being blessed by a Catholic priest. They’re not getting married at the church but at a hotel with the stage and all those other goodies.
Also, i had a Baptist preacher reside over our ceremony and we were allowed to piece it together ourselves so we made it not overly religious.