About Arwen

Arwen2013smAfter writing the script for my own wedding, and realizing the need for flexible officiating, I felt the calling to become ordained and help others achieve their most sacred commitment. I am ordained through the Universal Life Church of Modesto, CA, which is an interfaith ministry, legally recognized by all 50 states of the USA and many countries abroad. Because my ordination is through an interfaith ministry, I am happy to perform services in whatever manner is meaningful for the couple, regardless of faith, and work with them to design a unique joining ceremony that celebrates their individual understanding of love and commitment within their chosen beliefs.  I feel no need to push any particular religion on another person, especially not during their wedding.  I believe your ceremony should reflect your beliefs and should create a bond specific to you and your partner.

I have a non-denominational Christian background, and personally feel a strong connection with Christ. My core belief is that God’s love is a gift given to everyone. He doesn’t require that you deserve it; he doesn’t require that you earn it; if he did, it wouldn’t be a gift. God hopes for the gift of your love in return, but he loves you no matter what. I have always loved learning about other faiths, and I encourage others to find a spiritual following that is as meaningful to them, as mine is to me.

While I primarily provide solemnization of weddings, I am authorized to perform all ceremonies for the church, including baptisms, funerals, and various blessings.  I am currently studying to become also certified in spiritual counseling, which will allow me to offer per-marital classes in the future.  At this time, I do not run a congregation of my own, but with continued study, who knows where my calling may take me.

I am Florida born and raised.  I grew up in a small town, and moved to Jacksonville, FL after college.  I graduated from the University of Florida, with highest honors, majoring in both Anthropology and Linguistics with a minor in Classics.  This gave me a deep respect for and interest in the various traditions of all cultures.  Over the past 2 decades, I have also enjoyed being a member of Junior Chamber International, a global organization dedicated to empowering young adults to create positive change in their communities.  I served at every level, working all the way up to be an International Vice President, overseeing our programs in 6 countries, before settling back into a local advisory role.  Through the JCI program, I developed leadership and public speaking skills, which I put to use teaching leadership and project management courses and speaking to the media all over the world about every person’s ability to create positive change.

In 2014, I married the love of my life, and I continue to learn with him how a committed marriage can be an infinite blessing.


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