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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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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Quaker

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Jamie
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Mr. & Mrs. Mies are just amazing wonderful people. They were absolutely perfect for us and created the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We received so many compliments and are just so grateful to have met and worked with them. Would strongly recommend!
Mr. & Mrs. Mies are just amazing wonderful people. They were absolutely perfect for us and created the most beautiful Read more...
Mr. & Mrs. Mies are just amazing wonderful people. They were absolutely perfect for us and created the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We received so many compliments and are just so grateful to have met and worked with them. Would strongly recommend! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
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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Private User
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill helped guide us to create a thorough, thoughtful ceremony that truly reflected our beliefs, relationship, and thoughts on how to celebrate with our family and friends. His approach to guide us through all aspects of the ceremony was thoughtful and thorough, allowing us to be fully prepared and present at our ceremony. Unlike other officiants I've seen before, there were no surprises or poorly delivered jokes; every word of the entire ceremony was thoughtfully planned by the three of us in advance. All the work was worth the effort! Our ceremony was truly the highlight of our entire wedding day, and so special and meaningful to both of us. Thank you so much, Bill (and Joanne!)
Bill helped guide us to create a thorough, thoughtful ceremony that truly reflected our beliefs, relationship, and Read more...
Bill helped guide us to create a thorough, thoughtful ceremony that truly reflected our beliefs, relationship, and thoughts on how to celebrate with our family and friends. His approach to guide us through all aspects of the ceremony was thoughtful and thorough, allowing us to be fully prepared and present at our ceremony. Unlike other officiants I've seen before, there were no surprises or poorly delivered jokes; every word of the entire ceremony was thoughtfully planned by the three of us in advance. All the work was worth the effort! Our ceremony was truly the highlight of our entire wedding day, and so special and meaningful to both of us. Thank you so much, Bill (and Joanne!) 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
Was a beautiful ceremony, thank you Rev.Mies Read less
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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
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