From the initial planning stage, to
the last minute changes, Rev.
Rebecca happily assisted making
whatever necessary changes
needed to be made to make our
special day even more
spectacular! If you're looking for
an officiant who exudes warmth,
joy, and an overall celebration of
love, then look no further. Rev.
Rebecca will do an
EXCEPTIONAL job for you and
your guests!!! My beautiful bride
and I could not have been happier
with the way everything turned out
this past weekend. It was perfect!
~ Bernie & Molly
I just wanted to thank you once
again! Everyone enjoyed the
ceremony you put together for us.
Not only did you have some great
innovative ideas on how to
celebrate our traditions, but your
marvelous personality provided a
special mood to the entire
celebration. You have to know that
so many people asked about you -
asking how we found you and
commenting on how special you
made the ceremony. We certainly
will keep you in mind for anyone
who is looking for a truly
remarkable person to officiate at
~ Patty & Bob
Thank you so much for being
there to guide us through our
wedding day and for helping us
create a ceremony that felt
special, meaningful and unique to
us. We really appreciated having
your strong and soothing presence
there to guide us through the big
day and we received so many
compliments from our guests
about how well the ceremony
reflected us. We also loved how
you brought the readings from e.e.
cummings and Rilke to life. We
will remember and treasure our
wedding ceremony forever!
~ Hyosub & Christine
Dear Rebecca ~ Let me tell you first
that we had more compliments on
you and the ceremony that you
helped create than anything else
about our wedding. I think that is
the first and best thing a couple can
hope to hear. Both of our father's
spoke specifically of you, of how
your warmth, expression of emotion
and elocution helped bring the
words out from the pages of the
books and into the hearts of the
family and friends that had
gathered. I can't believe our good
luck that we found you and that you
were so creative and perceptive in
your selection of the readings.
~ Joseph & Garrett
Dear Rev. Rebeca ~ What can we
say? You were simply fantastic.
Really great. You made our
special day extra special by hitting
all the right notes. The Dylan
Thomas love letter couldn't have
been more perfect. It was our
favorite part of the entire day --
such a nice surprise from you!
Both of our families thought the
ceremony was the highlight of the
day. ~ Deb & Chris
Dear Rebecca ~ While we're still
basking in the afterglow of our
event, we want you to know how truly
grateful we are to you for your gentle
support, encouragement, and for
seeming to know what we wanted
without our telling, for helping us see
what we did want, for candle
'detective' work, but most of all for
beautifully weaving together a ritual
we will never forget. It really couldn't
have been any better. Thank you,
thank you. ~ Sue & Bob
We want to thank you one more
time for everything you did to
make our wedding a wonderful and
loving experience. It would not
have been the same without you.
So many people expressed how
much they enjoyed your presence,
your words, and your exuberance!
We just keep receiving such great
compliments. We loved it! Until we
meet again, and with loving
regards. ~ Evelyn and Doug
Dear Rev. Rebecca, ~ We
would just like to thank you
very much for the wonderful
ceremony that you performed
for us yesterday. It was just
perfect and exactly how we
hoped our wedding day would
be. We fly home to Ireland this
evening and will look back on
yesterday with fond thoughts.
Best ~ Nuala & Matthew
Rev. Rebecca Armstrong is a minister in the liberal religious tradition, dedicated to
the free and conscious search for truth. She is a graduate of the University of
Chicago Divinity School, Meadville-Lombard Unitarian Seminary and The Chicago
Theological Seminary. She is ordained and has practiced as a Humanist minister
since 1992. After serving several Chicago area churches she chose to establish
herself as a consulting minister in private practice, serving the spiritual needs of those
without church affiliation.
Most of her clients describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious," and are
seeking a way to express themselves in new language and images that will do justice
to the depth and importance of the love they feel for one another. Honoring some
of the old ways while creating something entirley new is the only path
possible for those entering the adventure of marriage in the twenty-first
Rev. Rebecca specializes in creating ceremonies for all of life's great
transitions: weddings, christenings, coming-of-age, cronings,
memorials, divorce and other rites of passage. In addition, she works
with individuals, couples and families as a spiritual counselor and to
create specialized rituals of transformation for healing, overcoming
grief, house blessings, transitions into death, life review and spiritual
Rebecca is trained in a couples counseling program called
Prepare-Enrich which has a proven track record of strengthening
marriages. She offers her own form of couples counseling which
focuses on soul contracts and the interpretation of metaphoric
meanings in dreams and language.
Rebecca was privileged to have known the great mythologist, Joseph
Campbell, (The Power of Myth) who was a family friend. From 1990
until 2004 she worked part time as International OutReach Director
for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, leading seminars around the
world on the importance of myth and ritual in contemporary life. She
offers a form of spiritual direction and life coaching based on
Campbell's understanding of what it means to "Follow Your Bliss."
(opposite is photo of Rebecca as a young woman with Joseph Campbell and
her parents, George & Gerry Armstrong in 1973)
As a minister, she has been a guest preacher, educator and workshop
leader in churches around the country and abroad. She co-founded
an interfaith group called Friends of Compassion which pioneered
many service projects here and in India. It was that work that led her
to India and her meeting with the Dali Lama.
Her work has received wide attention in the media and she has been
published in magazines, journals and books. She currently teaches
classes in religion, ethics, philosophy, mythology and cultural
anthropology at DePaul and Benedictine universities in Chicago and
at Indiana and Purdue universities in Indiana.
(below is photo of Rev. Rebecca receiving a blessing from His Holiness
the Dalai Lama at his summer monastery in Dharamsala, India. 2001.)
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