My dear friends:
I was encouraged to apply to the Lay Ministry program at my UU church, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, by the associate minister there today. I would be the first openly Pagan lay (or otherwise) UU minister in Atlanta, if chosen. Ironically, since I deliberately chose not to pursue my Third (for various reasons), I would be ordained as a 'Pagan' minister first in a non-Pagan faith (let's not quibble about what the UU faith is - or isn't. I do like the joke about how the Klan burned a question mark in the front yard of the UU family that moved into the neighborhood, though).
I am almost speechless. This church is one of the leading UU churches in the country. Whitney Young (head of the NAACP in the 60's) served here in the same position while helping lead the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke from the pulpit here. The first free public library in the Deep South originated with this church, and the tradesman's school started here in the 1880's evolved into the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was the first integrated church of any kind in the Deep South, and the first UU church south of Virginia. Until fairly recently, it had the largest membership of any UU church in the entire country.
I mean...DAMN! There's lots of Pagan UU ministers out there & even some Pagan-oriented UU congregations as a whole - but this is the big time. I'd lead 800 people or more in worship on Sunday mornings. So everybody wish me luck. I'm not even sure I'll accept if I'm offered it. It's scary to think about. I'd have to start acting respectable!
So you're worried about a simple handfasting, Tarty? Look what you started! It's all your fault!!!