Next month, my siblings and I will have an interment ceremony when our parents' ashes will be placed in a vault. The vault is on the grounds of the Methodist church they attended and the minister of the church will preside over the ceremony. As none of us are churchgoers, we're in the dark as to the etiquette involved: whether and how much to pay the minister for his services and the mechanics of such a transaction. Cash? Check? Payable to him or the church? Amount? Any guidance appreciated.
I have known that Mr. Rogers, Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister for about 10 years. What I have never been able to find are any surviving tapes or transcripts of his sermons or religious lectures. I would like to find if there are any. Does anyone have an idea of where to start looking or if there is a story about why none survive him?
What does a new minister need to start their job? Stoles, robes, books? What has been helpful for you? [more inside]
Are there any books/articles/blogs written by priests or ministers about what they have heard in confession? [more inside]
What key studies should I pursue to improve myself in order to become an effective and dynamic wedding officiant? I was ordained in 2002, but have only recently begun to perform marriages. At first, I officiated without fees for close friends but now the requests for my services are snowballing. [more inside]
Who should marry us in New Orleans? I read this recent question, but our situation has a few differences. [more inside]
Career brainstorming filter: Help me help my minister friend think creatively about a midlife second career. [more inside]
I am a 'permanent resident', not an American citizen - can I become ordained as a minister and perform wedding ceremonies? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions of fun (such as Church of Euthanasia) churches that I could easily become a minister of. Bonus question, has anyone been ordained in order to marry people in Canada (eg. ULC), and if so, do you have any recommendations?
Looking for practical input from those familiar with dating members of the Christian/Protestant clergy [more inside]
Need a wedding officiant in the sf bay area. I've looked through google ads, craigslist, and celebrantsusa.com listings but haven't found anyone who seems sane yet has a sense of showmanship. We're not interested in deputizing a friend.
I've been asked to perform a marriage for two friends, and I'm looking for tips. I've looked up becoming a minister online, which seems straight forward, but I'm wondering about what I can do to make this a smooth and wonderful experience for my friends.
A cousin is about to be ordained as a Methodist minister in South Carolina. What would be a good ordination gift?
How does one get ordained as a minister in NYC, so that they can perform legally binding weddings?
A murder was confessed to me. I am a minister. What is my legal obligation: to report the crime to the authorities, or to maintain the confidentiality of the confession? This is not hypothetical. [more inside]
Wedding Filter: Tell me about your experience meeting with the minister for approval. [more inside]