|~ Our Philosophy ~
|The Church of Ancient Ways has as its primary belief that people share more in common with
one another, simply by the fact that we are all human than what ever differences race, religion
and culture may imply.
We believe that the underlying truths of world religions, both ancient and modern, are the
same. There is no conflict between religion, science, nature, secular humanism, and the
The Dali Lama recently described the Global trend to move away from the politics of
Organized Religion and towards Spirituality as being like going to dinner with a group of
friends who are all ordering something different, but celebrating that you are all sitting down
to the same meal.
We practice an eclectic, hands on spirituality which embraces all faiths spiritual paths, and
philosophies. We believe that divinity is present in all things, at all times. We believe that
everything is still connected to and a part of the whole, valuable, and therefore should be
respected as such. We respect all paths and the human beings who travel them. For us these
seem to be simple things that everyone can agree upon.
The problem with modern religion is not one of spirit. It lies in the political structures that
come along claiming to be the "only way" and then they proceed to set up a toll booth to
collect from those who wish to be on the "right" path. This we have difficulty accepting, after
all Spirit is too big to be held within the confines of any one religion. We believe all words
and writings of true faith and spirit mean different things to different people at different times
in their lives but share a core message of love, kindness, respect, and ongoing progress
towards transformation and the light. To us this seems to be the real the answer that best
serves the human spirit. We are all both student and teacher here. For us it is about sharing the
joy to be found in learning and growing, not judging or condemning.
If you have found your way here chances are that you have a Celebration of your own to
prepare for. So Congratulations!
This site has many, many, examples of original writings and a huge readings section. It is
designed to be a resource for couples and clergy alike. We share our works openly because we
believe that everyone should have the wedding of their dreams. So if you see a ceremony that
speaks to you feel free to use it with or without us, but please give credit where credit is due.
CoAW ministers are now available Nationally
In Atlanta GA
please contact Rev. Ashley Carter and Rev Clyde Gilbert firstname.lastname@example.org
In Quad Cities area of Iowa, and St. Louis MO
please contact Rabbi Eric Friedman email@example.com
On Long Island
Rev. Aviva Sala firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have officiants in Texas, Sacramento CA, The Republic of Ireland,
as well as here in New York.
As the Vice President of the American Association of Wedding Officiants
Pastor April has access to over 1,000 officiants Nation wide
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