A Rabbi, An Imam, and A Pastor Walk Into a Wedding

Imam Jamal Rabbi Anson Rev Terry

I was so humbled and honored to be a part of an interfaith wedding in Seattle. The young couple had Muslim, Christian, and Jewish parents. So the couple and their families reached out to Rabbi Anson Laytner, Imam Jamal Rahan, and myself. We were all happy to participate.

Imam Jamal began the ceremony, with teachings from the Holy Quran, readings from Rumi, and a ritual negotiation between the bride and groom. He offered something and she said “No.” He offered her more and again she said, “No.” He then offered her his heart, and she said “Yes.”

I read the 1 Corinthians 13 passage and clarified that love means risking ourselves for our collective well-being. I thanked the couple for their leadership to encourage people to contribute to relief efforts in Pakistan. We then did the vows.

Rabbi Anson concluded the service with the marriage contract, the blessings, and the breaking of the glass.

Many were moved by the fact that we enjoyed working with each other. This wedding was a small sign that we can be faithful to our traditions and bring our best to work together and celebrate the meaning and beauty that the Creator intends for all.

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