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Secular Celebrant Training

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  • CFI–Michigan Office

    3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI (map)

    42.883957 -85.572525

  • THIS TRAINING IS BEING POSTPONED UNTIL 2017! Check back for a new date in early 2017.


    Become a CFI Secular Celebrant!

    Register today for the CFI Secular Celebrant Training session on Saturday, November 12th, to begin your certification as a Secular Celebrant.

    The Training Session will cover important information about how to perform various types of ceremonies including weddings, funerals, commitment and naming ceremonies, fulfilling legal requirements, and opportunities to practice officiating with other trainees. Attendees will also receive an information notebook with sample scripts and reference materials for the various types of ceremonies.

    The Certification Training session is $75 and advance registration is required.

    What is a CFI Secular Celebrant? 

    Secular Celebrants officiate at marriage and commitment ceremonies, funerals, memorials, and other celebrations of life's milestones. As many as 20% of Americans are unaffiliated with any religion, yet our celebrations and ceremonies are dominated by religious leaders and civil officials.

    CFI created our Secular Celebrant Program to address this problem by training secular people to officiate for nonreligious marriage and commitment ceremonies, funerals and memorials, and other celebrations of the milestones of life.

    How can I become a CFI Secular Celebrant? 

    You can become a certified CFI Secular Celebrant by attending this special training session and meeting a few other requirements. Read the complete list of Requirements for CFI Secular Celebrant Certification.

    Can Secular Celebrants Legally Solemnize Wedding in Michigan? 

    CFI–Michigan is currently in the process of challenging the discriminatory nature of the Michigan Marriage Statute (MCL 551.7), which only allows “Ordained Ministers of the Gospel” and a very limited set of Civic Officials to solemnize marriages.

    CFI-Michigan is seeking to persuade the State of Michigan to amend the statute to permit secular celebrants to solemnize weddings. If such a legislative solution proves unattainable, CFI is prepared to bring a law suit to achieve that goal.

    While CFI Secular Celebrants cannot currently solemnize weddings in Michigan, they will be able to very soon, as we are confident our advocacy, or if necessary legal efforts, will be successful. So, we encourage you to start your certification process now!

    For more information about the CFI Secular Celebrant Program, contact Reba Boyd Wooden, Director, CFI Secular Celebrant Program & Executive Director, CFI–Indiana: [masked].

    Cost: $75, includes training materials. Advance Registration Required. Register here:

    https://secure.centerforinquiry.net/indy/events/secular-celebrant-training-in-michigan-november-2016

    Contact: Jennifer Beahan, [masked],[masked]

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