Angie Alexandra and Jane Patmore
Though we use the titles Minister and Reverend and have been ordained by the organisation we trained with, we’re a very different kind of Minister from traditional Religious Ministers. We’re not associated with or affiliated to any one particular spiritual or religious organisation, church or other house of worship. We are Ministers for People and go where we’re invited to go to hold ceremony whether it be a church, castle or front room. We minister wherever we’re asked to go, in a way that’s fitting for the people we’re creating ceremony for. We like to call ourselves ‘The People’s Ministers’ as it better describes that we’re here in service of people from all faiths and no faith; in service of people’s own personal needs, beliefs and spirituality, whatever they may be. Officially our title is Interfaith Minister.
We respond to your beliefs, so we’re very happy to hold ceremonies which would be called religious, or spiritual, or humanist, as well as ceremonies that don’t fit any particular label. We’re available full time as professional, freelance Ministers and Celebrants offering ceremonies in an alternative way – your way. We’re committed to you having the perfect ceremony for you whatever that looks like. The ceremonies we offer, we offer to you and anyone else wanting a personal, meaningful ceremony, regardless. It seems some clergy might only agree to marry you if you attend their church for a while, and in some areas of the country you have to join the Humanist Society in order to have a Humanist Ceremony – we’re here in support of all couples who wish to be married wherever and however, with no strings attached.
We both undertook an intensive two year training with The Interfaith Seminary which is now part of The Interfaith Foundation. We were ordained (Angie in 2004 and Jane in 2011) and certified by our community of elders and we operate as members of The Interfaith Ministers’ Association, who legally fall into the category of ‘non-conformist’.
If we were to try to define our own personal spiritual paths, we would say we aspire to live with kindness, acceptance and compassion, and to meet each situation in our every day lives with what’s needed in the moment – patience, calm, listening, creativity, love. Our spiritual paths are about being open-hearted, about being of service to others, and about being the presence of joy in the world, and definitely at a wedding. Whilst we could say more about our beliefs, we find that our beliefs are irrelevant when creating ceremony, as the ceremony is to honour your beliefs, and those of your guests.
We love living in Scotland - the beaches, the whisky and the warm and friendly Scottish people. If you’d like to know anything else about us you only need ask! We invite and welcome your call or your email and include more general information about The Interfaith Foundation and our background and training under Q and A.
If using Angie as your Minister and Celebrant you also have the option of having your service delivered partly in French or German (subject to you providing translations of the script); other languages and dialects can also be incorporated in a small way (with your guidance and coaching) for example Spanish, Italian, Doric and Gaelic - please ask for what you ideally need.