Here is the story in a nutshell:
I am in full compliance with TN law, as I have a Master of Divinity, and was ordained by the church affiliated with the University I attended after a comprehensive degree program and Master's Thesis. However, just like
Harvard has distance learning (online) classes, my school was online, so the one sentence addition to the law, "Persons receiving online ordinations may not solemnize marriages," did cause me a bit of concern.
Both my school/church and myself talked to the Tennessee State Governor's office, the Senator who sponsored the bill, and my State Representative, and all of them said that I'm legitimate, and that the new law was not meant to exclude people like me. They have both said that they will probably need to change the wording when they're in session in Jan-April to allow for people like me so that there is no grey area with the new one-sentence addition to the law.
However, that didn't help me for the rest of 2019 to assure people that it is safe to work with me, as Tennessee does not require Ministers/Officiants to register with the state- so even though they all said I was perfectly legitimate, they were unable to provide me anything in writing to back that up.
As divine timing would have it, my school/church (which is in Northern California) was hosting a free weekend spiritual retreat June 22-23 in Philadelphia, which I attended--and though all of the lawmakers said I was legit, during the retreat, I was officially re-ordained in-person in order to give my couples full peace of mind.
I am blessed and honored to be allowed to continue to love on all of you beautiful people, just as I have since 2008.
Now... About Me: :)
I am an ordained non-denominational Minister with the Wisdom of the Heart Church, with a Master of Divinity Degree. I have an open mind and a warm heart, and love to bring people together by creating a sacred space for their important rite of passage. It is my extra special pleasure and honor to assist: interfaith, "spiritual but not religious" couples, same-sex couples, and those who want an open-hearted officiant, but not necessarily a lot of overly spiritual wording.
I have been performing wedding ceremonies since 2008. As for my own faith, I would best describe myself as spiritual, but not religious. My school and church served as a spiritual and academic exploration through a open religion where we were exposed to many different traditions, paths, and ideologies.
My other life talents and experiences have included such diverse things as: owning and directing dance studios, speaking, teaching, counseling, and writing spiritual and personal growth books, articles, blogs, and poetry. In this manner, I find being a wedding and life ceremony officiant quite comfortable! I have had the sincere pleasure throughout life of working with many of the different aspects that make up my job as an officiant. Among them include: dealing intimately with people in highly emotional settings, writing, planning, and directing, and speaking and carrying myself professionally in front of a crowd. It is my sincere pleasure to 'hold the space' for you as you cross the threshold into your new life together.