OneSpirit Minister, Rev Davina McCluskie (ordained in 2017) offers this beautiful account of her recent ceremony:
Earlier this year I received an email from a devotee at the temple of Krishna Consciousness in Lesmahagow Scotland.
I had met Vrinda over Prasad when I stopped off on a whim at the temple after a weekend of training in London, she told me she had been a devotee at the temple for many years 30 + I believe, we talked about my training at OneSpirit and she told me of her wish to make her marriage legal, I asked her to email me if she decided to do so.
So off I set back home to Skye and the conversation with Vrinda was pushed to the back of my mind what with Ordination on the horizon and life being very busy.
I was delighted when I opened an email from her asking me to officiate at the temple later in the year.
I agreed and we set about selecting a date that suited us both, as I was unexpectedly busy with weddings on Skye so on 27th Aug I set off from Skye to Lesmahagow .
Not only was this my first Krishna wedding albeit the spiritual wedding had taken place some 9 yrs previously, this was the first that someone from outwit the temple had come in to officiate a devotee’s marriage.
The day coincided with Rashki celebrations, an Indian tradition where a sister ties a cord/thread around the wrist of her brother for protection, also this thread is worn around the body of warriors, so this too was incorporated into the wedding along with traditional ring exchange.
The marriage was conducted alongside this and other celebrations that day.
The devotees at the temple live very simple lives so this was not a lavish affair though there was much singing, dancing and feasting to be had.
I feel very honoured to have had this opportunity and be part of something deeply touching and spiritual, after all Krishna is all about LOVE.
I also feel that this is great for interfaith relations in Scotland with this being the first of its kind here and hopefully the first of many ceremonies to held within the Ashram.