Our Big, Bad Interfaith Wedding: A Happy Ending

She asked Magin to wear her vintage Priscilla of Boston gown.

Like Carl's mother, his congregation kvelled (expressed joy) at our engagement. More than a dozen members traveled hundreds of miles for our out-of-state ceremony.

We crafted our wedding ceremony after perusing a litany of interfaith wedding books, and then we plucked our scripture reading from the Song of Songs, love poetry that straddles both of our traditions.

To friends, we described our ceremony as "Jewish-ish," and we wrote seven original vows to echo the seven acts of creation in Genesis. Our vows began with a covenant to evoke Abraham and Sarah's covenant with God, a gentle reminder of our commitment to Judaism.

The ceremony included an interfaith ketubah (wedding contract), a mutual circling and a Kiddush (blessing over wine). Of course, the shattering of a wine glass at the ceremony's conclusion heralded a chorus of "Mazel Tovs!" (good wishes).

Nearly three years later, we believe that a marriage in which we wholeheartedly support one another in the lifelong discernment of God's call provides the happy ending to our interfaith wedding story. A mezuzah (Jewish prayer scroll) dots the doorpost of our house and St. Augustine's City of God nuzzles a collection of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's folktales on the bedside table.

There's no place quite like an interfaith home.


Magin LaSov Gregg is a graduate of the S.

I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a master's degree candidate in English at Louisiana Tech University. Her articles have appeared in the San Antonio-Express News, Scripps Howard News Service, and the Glasgow (Scotland) Sunday Herald. 

The Rev. J. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, the Associate Pastor at Northminster Church in Monroe, LA, and a Doctor of Ministry candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

4/27/2010 4:00:00 AM
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