Roger is an ordained Unitarian Minister and is currently the minister with Canoe of Souls Unitarian Church in Auckland. Unitarianism is an open religion/philosophy that accepts there is wisdom, light and truth in all religions and philosophies of life.
Roger would be very happy to marry same-sex couples. He recognises that the uniqueness of each person and situation must be honoured and sees the task of Celebrant as one of facilitation, of bringing together, and of holding.
You can contact Roger through his website.
Derek McCullough is the co-ordinator of the Unitarian Universalist group in Christchurch and he has been a marriage and civil union celebrant for 10 years. Derek is available to conduct same-sex marriages.
He prefers to facilitate the creation of a meaningful service that reflects the personalities and desires of the couple involved, making sure that it contains the legal requirements.
He can be contacted on 03 384 9099 or by using the contact form below
Matt officiated for the first same-sex wedding in Aotearoa while he was the consulting minister at the Auckland Unitarian Church.
At that time, Matt wrote:
“We are proud to be hosting this wedding, mostly because the couple will have a special part in this historic moment, which they will remember and celebrate for the rest of their lives. We also recognize that this will bring an incredible amount of attention to our congregation and Unitarianism across New Zealand. This means we have to make sure we are walking our talk and being the welcoming faith community that we believe we are. In doing so, grace will abound for those who walk into the church for years to come, looking for something to enrich their lives, a community where they are welcome, where they can both give and receive without worrying about who they are, what they look like, who they love, how they pray (or don’t), and so on.”
Unfortunately Matt has returned to the USA, but you can follow him on Twitter @reverendmatt and look him up if you happen to be near Clayton, NC.
The Auckland Unitarian Church is an open, progressive and welcoming faith community. The church was the venue for the first same-sex wedding in Aotearoa. The church is a beautiful historic building on Ponsonby Road.
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations affirms and promotes:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Whatever your spiritual journey, you are welcome at the Unitarian Church.
1a Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
P.O. Box 68967 Newton, Auckland
Phone: 09 3780112
Fax: 09 3780110
Use the contact form below to email Auckland Unitarian Church