Mount Prospect minister offers couples alternatives

Updated 10/29/2012 11:48 AM
  • Pamela Magnuson

    Pamela Magnuson

  • Pamela Manuson officiated at the marriage ceremony for Amanda and Daniel McCarthy of Skokie on Aug. 18.

    Pamela Manuson officiated at the marriage ceremony for Amanda and Daniel McCarthy of Skokie on Aug. 18. Courtesy of Ian Magnuson

  • Pamela Magnuson performed a civil union ceremony for Hermanus Van Greunen, at left, and William Smith on Oct. 13 in Mount Prospect.

    Pamela Magnuson performed a civil union ceremony for Hermanus Van Greunen, at left, and William Smith on Oct. 13 in Mount Prospect. Courtesy of Ian Magnuson

  • Alan Leis

    Alan Leis

  • Greg Brown

    Greg Brown

  • Suzanne Burke Vogt

    Suzanne Burke Vogt

  • Tom Geary

    Tom Geary

  • Terry Dowty

    Terry Dowty

  • Young Kang

    Young Kang

Pagan minister Pamela Magnuson and her business as a wedding officiant is looking forward to Dec. 12, 2012. The 12-12-12 date likely will be popular for weddings, civil unions and other types of ceremonies at her Mount Prospect home.

"On 11-11-11, I performed three weddings that day and it started it all for me," she said.

Magnuson was ordained in the Universal Life Church in June 2011 and said she is licensed to marry or perform civil unions in Illinois and Wisconsin. She has performed about 150 ceremonies so far this year, either at her home or at the site of the couple's choosing, she said.

And she doesn't discriminate about their religion, race or sex, and offers to join anyone with a ceremony designed just for them, she said. So she's gearing up for 12-12-12.

"It's only going to happen once," she said. "People want unique dates for their special day and I expect to completely book up the date."

Magnuson started uniting couples after she was laid off from an advertising agency. She also worked for a wedding venue, but felt she wanted to offer couples an alternative site, she said.

"I thought there was a need in this economy in my local area. Couples needed an inexpensive way to get married and still be romantic and personal. It's even harder to find a reasonable place to get married when they only have a few guests or want to elope," she said.

Magnuson believes we are all "children of the same universe and all religions or belief systems bring us ultimately to the same creator."

"Even if someone doesn't have a religion I believe we are all related and I can give them a ceremony that incorporates different wedding traditions that make it meaningful," she said.

Traveling through Dubai

Alan Leis, senior vice president at Hazard Young Attea & Associates in Rosemont, and a former District 203 superintendent in Naperville, said this on Facebook during his visit last week to Dubai: "Despite a wonderful and enlightening conference with many well-known educators, Dubai is a city of contrasts. The architecture is a combination of Star Wars and Vegas. Shields on patio so those walking past can't see us drinking Belgian beer (a Muslim country after all), and the largest shopping mall in the world with dozens of women in abayas (with only eye slits) carrying shopping bags from American stores filled with 'loot.'"

Honored at Rutgers

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. and a Rutgers alumnus, was inducted to the Rutgers board of governors in New Brunswick, N.J. He succeeds John Russo as a public member of the board of governors appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He also serves on the Rutgers board of trustees and the Rutgers University Foundation's board of overseers.

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