Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
This Sunday morning I am, uh, working on my sermon.
Say what? Yes. You may now call me Reverend Rach.
Some of you know that I am off to play minister this weekend for the wedding of my old college friends, Melissa and Matt. Last year Melissa asked me if I would do the honors, and I of course agreed, and so last month, I hopped onto the Universal Life Church website (www.themonastery.org) and signed myself up as Rev Rach in just under 4 minutes. My father is currently doing pirouettes six feet under. I can just hear him saying: "I toiled for 4 years in seminary and learned Greek AND Hebrew just so that you could get the same title in shorter time than it takes to walk around the block?!?" Thank goddess I saw him do all those weddings every summer Saturday of my youth, so that I at least have a modicum of sense how to march up there and do this.
You've probably heard about the ULC - a quick read of the website reveals a well-intentioned and fundamentally populist notion of spirituality and pastoral authority, in spite of its utter lack of theological structure and its clear need of a good copy-editor. This online ordination movement has made it possible in the last decade or so for friends and family to officiate at weddings, baptisms, commitment ceremonies, you name it.
So, yes, on Saturday I will be standing up front with M & M and helping them recite their vows. I've got my little draft of my "homily" (heh heh) all written and so far it makes me smile, so that's a good sign, right? I will say, anyone with any wisdom about love and marriage, feel free to send it my way and I'll make some edits. And if you need any christenings or blessings done in the years to come, you know who to call! But just be forewarned, this minister is more likely to be sporting sequins than an alb and stole.