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Your Interfaith Wedding: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures, and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony Hardcover – September 2, 2010
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"Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway brings such depth of insight and beautiful inspiration to Your Interfaith Wedding! Now, couples can rise above the confusing advice on message boards and the interference of family expectations to blend their lives and beliefs in a wedding ceremony and celebration that encompasses the best of what their union brings to one another, to their families, and to their world. Rev. Laurie Sue has long been on my personal list of most-admired wedding officiants, and I'm thrilled for you, readers, that you get to have her on your wedding planning team with this book in your hands." (Sharon Naylor, author of The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner and over 35 additional wedding planning books)
"Words are the heart of a wedding ceremony. Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway helps couples create ceremonies that honor and articulate their unique relationship and cultural background, choosing words and rituals that have a soulful resonance for them. As a wide councel, Rev. Laurie Sue has a way of guiding couples so they can, in the words of the poet Rumi, 'let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.' And that authenticity moves with them into their life together, long after the ceremony's end." (Cornelia Powell, editor, Weddings of Grace, and author of The Bride's Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself)
"It is so rare to find an officiant who can bring together people of all faiths and any background in meaningful ceremonies. Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a leading expert in interfaith and mixed-culture weddings. She understands the special needs of couples opting for a mixed marriage and guides them wisely and expertly. She shares all her secrets in Your Interfaith Wedding." (David Toussaint, author of Gay and Lesbian Weddings: Planning the Perfect Same-Sex Ceremony)
From the Author
In my wedding ministry, time and time again, I have met lovely people who clearly are meant for each other but who do not come from the same background or faith. They have found a way to embrace one another, and in most cases, one another's families, despite any inherent challenges.
It has become clear to me that love and commitment come in many packages, shapes, sizes, shades, languages, backgrounds and faiths. Love simply does not limit itself to existing only between people who are of the same faith nor does it merely join together people who have the same skin tone or accents. And it does not insist that a man born in one part of the world must only love someone from his country or culture, nor that a woman born into a religious household will find her beloved in the faith of her family.
Love is a force with a mind of its own, and it transcends the limited thinking that we must "stick with our own kind." Many modern men and women are coming to see that true love is a gift, even when an adoring, committed partner does not quite fit the ideal of our fantasies or arrive in the outer package our parents imagined for us.
My philosophy is that love between two people is a sacred union and it adds a dimension of holiness to our world that cannot be categorized by religion or culture. Are there challenges? Yes, and for some couples the situation is more complex than others. But I have also witnessed many couples rise above the roadblocks to their relationship and successfully blend their beliefs into married life.
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
New York City