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Mindful Ministry -- Rev. William F. Mies

Arnold , MD
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Arnold, MD 21012 US (map)

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410-349-1980

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Ceremonies that speak to our hearts can enhance important events in our lives. I work with and support the wedding couple in designing and facilitating personal and heart-felt services... Read more
Ceremonies that speak to our hearts can enhance important events in our lives. I work with and support the wedding couple in designing and facilitating personal and heart-felt services to celebrate this joyful event.

My practice is to meet several times with the wedding couple to prepare for married life and for the wedding ceremony. We use this time to define their values and to find ways to express the unique qualities of their relationship and cultures. I provide alternative structures, readings, and rituals from which to choose or together we can create an entirely new program.

Most importantly, the final creation of the ceremony will reflect the unique personalities of the wedding couple and will communicate to their guests what they wish to say. The couple participates in the construction of the ceremony as they desire. Ultimately, we create the structure and content of the ceremony based on their wishes.

Because of my training and ordination, I am quite comfortable working with Christians. However, of recent years, my ministry has become increasingly inter-denominational and ecumenical in character. The weddings I celebrate range from traditional religious to more humanistic and secular ceremonies.

We pay special attention to the wedding location that has been chosen and fashion the words and rituals to reflect the meaning of this venue to the couple. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, non-religious wedding venues where I've officiated include historical homes, gardens, vineyards, waterfront settings, private homes, resorts, environmental centers, and hotels. If appropriate, we reflect the meaning of the venue within the ceremony.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I prefer to wear a dark suit and wedding stole. However, when requested, I will wear a clerical colar or an alb and stole.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely. My goal is to work with the wedding couple to select or create words that express their relationship, intentions, cultural or religious background, and personal style. To assist with this, I provide sample texts for the entire ceremony; however, many couples prefer to edit these texts or to write their own.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes. Couples often edit existing sample vows or create their own vows.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No. Couples are free to select from sample readings which I provide, select their own readings, or to create their own from scratch.
How long are your ceremonies?
A typical ceremony lasts about 30 minutes, but this varies depending on the wishes of the couple (e.g., number of readings, amount of music).
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I meet with the couple several times to identify their values and wishes and to create the wedding ceremony. During these meetings, if they desire, I share principles of mindfulness which can be useful throughout their marraige. I do not require, but will provide premarital counselling, if the couple requests it.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, my service includes being present at and conducting the rehearsal, mainly because I believe that rehearsals help familiarize the wedding party with the ceremony and thus help them enjoy and be more aware and present at the wedding itself.
Do you supply a sound system?
No. This is usually provided by the venue or the DJ. However, if needed, I can recommend someone to provide this service.

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We met with three officiants when trying to make the decision, but we knew that Bill was our choice as soon as we left the first meeting. He takes the time to get to know you individually and as a couple, and then works to create a ceremony that reflects this. We loved working with Bill and couldn't have been more happy with the ceremony he helped us to create. It was 100% us, and that is what we wanted. He exceeded our expectations and created a ceremony we will remember forever.
We met with three officiants when trying to make the decision, but we knew that Bill was our choice as soon as we left the Read more...
We met with three officiants when trying to make the decision, but we knew that Bill was our choice as soon as we left the first meeting. He takes the time to get to know you individually and as a couple, and then works to create a ceremony that reflects this. We loved working with Bill and couldn't have been more happy with the ceremony he helped us to create. It was 100% us, and that is what we wanted. He exceeded our expectations and created a ceremony we will remember forever. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev Bill and his wife Joanne were outstanding. They helped us plan an incredible ceremony that our guests remarked on as truly touching. Their gentle guidance throughout the process of creating the ceremony was always helpful, thoughtful and ensured that every aspect really reflected us as a couple.

Most importantly, Rev Bill really helped us not only emphasize the deep importance of our marriage, but also shared with us with multiple mindfulness-based stress reduction lessons and exercises!
Rev Bill and his wife Joanne were outstanding. They helped us plan an incredible ceremony that our guests remarked on as Read more...
Rev Bill and his wife Joanne were outstanding. They helped us plan an incredible ceremony that our guests remarked on as truly touching. Their gentle guidance throughout the process of creating the ceremony was always helpful, thoughtful and ensured that every aspect really reflected us as a couple.

Most importantly, Rev Bill really helped us not only emphasize the deep importance of our marriage, but also shared with us with multiple mindfulness-based stress reduction lessons and exercises! Read less
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Robyn
Wedding:
9/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Was a beautiful ceremony, thank you Rev.Mies
Was a beautiful ceremony, thank you Rev.Mies
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Working with Rev. Mies was so helpful and comforting. I am so pleased with how the ceremony turned out and will miss our meetings with the Rev.
Working with Rev. Mies was so helpful and comforting. I am so pleased with how the ceremony turned out and will miss our Read more...
Working with Rev. Mies was so helpful and comforting. I am so pleased with how the ceremony turned out and will miss our meetings with the Rev. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Mies was the most pleasant person to work with in the entire process of planning my wedding!! From the first meeting we had with him, I knew we found the perfect officiant to marry us. He allows you to create a wedding ceremony that speaks about the couple.

He made my husband and I feel very comfortable in every way! I would definitely recommend his services to anyone who is in need of an officiant. His services were very useful in creating our ceremony but also brought us closer together as a couple.

His prices may be a little steep for some, but I promise it is worth it! He and his wife both helped to make our ceremony perfect. All the guests are still talking about it! Rev. Mies is very personable, professional and just all around very nice and easy to work with. I wish I was planning my wedding again so that I could see him and his wife again!! Very nice people!
Rev. Mies was the most pleasant person to work with in the entire process of planning my wedding!! From the first meeting Read more...
Rev. Mies was the most pleasant person to work with in the entire process of planning my wedding!! From the first meeting we had with him, I knew we found the perfect officiant to marry us. He allows you to create a wedding ceremony that speaks about the couple.

He made my husband and I feel very comfortable in every way! I would definitely recommend his services to anyone who is in need of an officiant. His services were very useful in creating our ceremony but also brought us closer together as a couple.

His prices may be a little steep for some, but I promise it is worth it! He and his wife both helped to make our ceremony perfect. All the guests are still talking about it! Rev. Mies is very personable, professional and just all around very nice and easy to work with. I wish I was planning my wedding again so that I could see him and his wife again!! Very nice people! Read less
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SDelve
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
From start to finish, Reverend Bill was a delight to work with. His process is wonderful: my husband and I met with him about 4-5 times before the wedding, and each meeting he got to know us a little better. Our first meeting was entirely about getting to know one another, and his life story is fascinating. He completely understood our religious and spiritual background, and we were able to work together to make a beautiful ceremony. With his guidance, my husband and I picked out each section of the wedding to make it unique and special. Perhaps most importantly, Rev. Bill places an emphasis on mindfulness, for both the ceremony and throughout our marriage. This was immensely helpful, as we were both a bit anxious about having a large ceremony. His lessons on mindfulness helped keep us in the moment on our wedding day, and we appreciated each moment of our ceremony.
From start to finish, Reverend Bill was a delight to work with. His process is wonderful: my husband and I met with him Read more...
From start to finish, Reverend Bill was a delight to work with. His process is wonderful: my husband and I met with him about 4-5 times before the wedding, and each meeting he got to know us a little better. Our first meeting was entirely about getting to know one another, and his life story is fascinating. He completely understood our religious and spiritual background, and we were able to work together to make a beautiful ceremony. With his guidance, my husband and I picked out each section of the wedding to make it unique and special. Perhaps most importantly, Rev. Bill places an emphasis on mindfulness, for both the ceremony and throughout our marriage. This was immensely helpful, as we were both a bit anxious about having a large ceremony. His lessons on mindfulness helped keep us in the moment on our wedding day, and we appreciated each moment of our ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jamie
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
William was the absolute BEST part of our planning process. We met with him several times in person to create our ceremony from the ground up. He has a very peaceful presence about him that eased my mind in the times we met which was very needed since planning can be extremely stressful. He reminded us of what's truly important... love, and being in the moment. I've already recommended him to several people and will continue to do so.
William was the absolute BEST part of our planning process. We met with him several times in person to create our ceremony Read more...
William was the absolute BEST part of our planning process. We met with him several times in person to create our ceremony from the ground up. He has a very peaceful presence about him that eased my mind in the times we met which was very needed since planning can be extremely stressful. He reminded us of what's truly important... love, and being in the moment. I've already recommended him to several people and will continue to do so. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill served as the officiant for my recent wedding. In all ways, he was accommodating and incredibly helpful. His performance was from the heart and well paced. He spoke with gravitas and love. He did this because he had truly gotten to know my wife and I over the course of our wedding preparation. Bill's services require some serious commitment. That would be my only "caution" about hiring him. Be prepared to spend at least 4 fairly long sessions with him, getting to know him and planning the details of your ceremony. If you're looking for a simpler experience, perhaps Bill's not for you. But, if you're looking for someone who is willing and able to tailor a service perfectly to you, care about your happiness, and truly give you your money's worth (he charged more than most officiants we talked to, but he was definitely worth it), Bill's your man. We were looking for a spiritual yet not too religious service, a fairly quick yet momentous/meaningful ceremony. Bill helped us articulate exactly what it was we wanted, and then he delivered. So, big take-aways: Bill's services are fairly expensive, and they require a pretty big time commitment on your part (to include some homework, writing about your spouse-to-be and your relationship...but fear not, this process will help you write your vows too). But, his service was second to none from the minute we hired him through the ceremony and beyond. Definitely recommend.
Bill served as the officiant for my recent wedding. In all ways, he was accommodating and incredibly helpful. His Read more...
Bill served as the officiant for my recent wedding. In all ways, he was accommodating and incredibly helpful. His performance was from the heart and well paced. He spoke with gravitas and love. He did this because he had truly gotten to know my wife and I over the course of our wedding preparation. Bill's services require some serious commitment. That would be my only "caution" about hiring him. Be prepared to spend at least 4 fairly long sessions with him, getting to know him and planning the details of your ceremony. If you're looking for a simpler experience, perhaps Bill's not for you. But, if you're looking for someone who is willing and able to tailor a service perfectly to you, care about your happiness, and truly give you your money's worth (he charged more than most officiants we talked to, but he was definitely worth it), Bill's your man. We were looking for a spiritual yet not too religious service, a fairly quick yet momentous/meaningful ceremony. Bill helped us articulate exactly what it was we wanted, and then he delivered. So, big take-aways: Bill's services are fairly expensive, and they require a pretty big time commitment on your part (to include some homework, writing about your spouse-to-be and your relationship...but fear not, this process will help you write your vows too). But, his service was second to none from the minute we hired him through the ceremony and beyond. Definitely recommend. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill Mies was the most positive, memorable part of our entire wedding journey! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Bill.

My husband and I met with Bill four times before the big day. Initially we thought we were just getting to know each other...but each visit became more and more meaningful. Not only did we get to learn about Bill, but I learned more about myself as an individual, I learned about my husband, and I learned what is needed in order to build a solid marriage/relationship.

To us, it was important to know what was going to be said at our ceremony. And this is one of the reasons why Bill was so wonderful to work with. He helped us create and design our own ceremony. He provided us with the basic guidelines and we were able to pick our readings and each piece of the ceremony ourselves. During the third and fourth visit, we went through the entire ceremony. As a bride, this helped me feel at ease during the big day. I walked down the aisle feeling amazingly comfortable and I owe this to Rev. Bill!

We received and are still receiving countless positive comments on our ceremony and vows. Everyone feels our ceremony was unique and so meaningful, not your average wedding ceremony.

I am so fortunate to have crossed paths with Rev. Bill and cannot thank him enough for being part of our special day!
Rev. Bill Mies was the most positive, memorable part of our entire wedding journey! I cannot say enough wonderful things Read more...
Rev. Bill Mies was the most positive, memorable part of our entire wedding journey! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Bill.

My husband and I met with Bill four times before the big day. Initially we thought we were just getting to know each other...but each visit became more and more meaningful. Not only did we get to learn about Bill, but I learned more about myself as an individual, I learned about my husband, and I learned what is needed in order to build a solid marriage/relationship.

To us, it was important to know what was going to be said at our ceremony. And this is one of the reasons why Bill was so wonderful to work with. He helped us create and design our own ceremony. He provided us with the basic guidelines and we were able to pick our readings and each piece of the ceremony ourselves. During the third and fourth visit, we went through the entire ceremony. As a bride, this helped me feel at ease during the big day. I walked down the aisle feeling amazingly comfortable and I owe this to Rev. Bill!

We received and are still receiving countless positive comments on our ceremony and vows. Everyone feels our ceremony was unique and so meaningful, not your average wedding ceremony.

I am so fortunate to have crossed paths with Rev. Bill and cannot thank him enough for being part of our special day! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Karen
Wedding:
8/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill guided us through the steps to create our wedding. Over the times we met he came to know us well, had us participate in exercises that were meaningful and of value, and helped us connect at a deeper level.
Bill guided us through the steps to create our wedding. Over the times we met he came to know us well, had us participate Read more...
Bill guided us through the steps to create our wedding. Over the times we met he came to know us well, had us participate in exercises that were meaningful and of value, and helped us connect at a deeper level. Read less
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