Marriage today is very different than it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even 10 years ago. What does it take to plan a good marriage, and stay together? My guest today is a rather a-typical pastor at a church that describes itself as being pluralistic, relevant, and inclusive. Her self-description includes words like, “alternative” and “transformational”. She’s also the co-host and producer of a new podcast called “Shift”. Her organization, the United Churches of Langley, has an open-door policy, and will marry any couple who have made the conscious decision to have a life together. They have a written policy of what they call “radical hospitality and support” to ALL couples, characterized by equality, mutuality, understanding, and flexibility.

This year, I’m going to celebrate my 30th wedding anniversary. While my marriage is far from perfect, I consider myself very lucky. Not only because he does laundry – hold yourselves back, ladies – but because I’ve seen friends struggle in their own marriages, and I know that it’s not easy. Marriage today is very different than it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even 10 years ago. What does it take to plan a good marriage, and stay together?

My guest today is someone who knows about marriage – she has been the officiant for over 100 weddings in the US, Canada, and even Russia! She’s a rather a-typical pastor at a church that describes itself as being pluralistic, relevant, and inclusive. She knows that the typical Sunday service isn’t a primary way for many people to gather. Her self-description includes words like, “alternative” and “transformational”. She’s also the co-host and producer of a new podcast called “Shift”, which we’ll link to in the show notes for this episode. Her organization, the United Churches of Langley, has an open-door policy, and will marry any couple who have made the conscious decision to have a life together. They have a written policy of what they call “radical hospitality and support” to ALL couples, characterized by equality, mutuality, understanding, and flexibility.

Please help me welcome the Reverend Sophia Ducey! Welcome, Sophia!

The SHIFT podcast: https://shiftpodcast.ca/

Sophia is Pastor of The United Churches of Langley: https://ucol.ca/


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