That’s Reverend Doctor, please!

Who’da thunk?


Carleen D. Sanchez

Yes, it is true, I am now an ordained minister!!! WHAT????

Yup, strange days are a comin’

Ok, here’s the scoop. I got a knock on my office door today — it was a one of my graduate students. “I have something totally off the wall to ask you . . . you can feel free to say no.” Normally, when people start a sentence out like that, the answer is “NO!” But, I like Sam — she’s a great person, very cool, very smart — but just in case, I did say, “No, you can’t have one of my kidneys.”

She was not in search of an organ donor, money, bad advice (the only kind I have), but rather wanted to know if I would officiate at her wedding next summer. She had it all worked out, I could get ordained online for free. Her fiance was all for it — the wedding is going to be non-religious, non-traditional, with BBQ afterwards. Hmm, I do like BBQ. I told her I would only do it if I could wear a HUGE headdress — like this one:

I was pleased as punch, but said I would consider it. But the whole idea appeals to me so much, I went ahead and got ordained with the Universal Life Church. For $139.95 I can order their “Ministry in a Box.” I was bummed that it doesn’t come with a box of sacred wine. I guess I’ll have to go to Target for that.

But, seriously, I am going to accept Sam and Ben’s invitation to officiate. I feel very honored, actually, and have a few months to think up an appropriately sagacious and celebratory statement.

4 Responses to “That’s Reverend Doctor, please!”

  1. oniontears Says:

    Congrats mom! I’m sure you’ll be great in your new role and inspire people at the wedding/union.

  2. I know of some couples who have been married by friends who became “ministers” just to officiate the wedding. I love the headdress idea! And you should wear some really wild priestess eye makeup too! Go all out. 20 years from now, when they look at the pics, it will still be amusing.

  3. You continue to be a woman of many talents & my inspiration! Well, since I am already married, I pre-hire you to officiate at my funeral someday, of course only if you wear a huge headdress!! I regret that I won’t be there to see it! P.S. Do you do exorcisms too?

  4. Does this mean I have to start referring to you as Reverend Doctor Girlfriend on my blog? I don’t thank so.

    So, does this mean you’ll marry me now? I mean, you know, if I can find a single woman somewhere…..

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