Meet Our Chaplains
Wendy and Mara, our Lay Chaplains, are flexible and resourceful officiants. From your first contact, you will find us easy to communicate with, professional and conscientious. We will offer you a great variety of suggestions and choice for the different parts of the ceremony and are happy to help you craft the service that you have always dreamed of. The ceremony you have in mind may be anything from elegant and traditional to lighthearted and casual. We will make sure that it suits your personal style, values, family traditions and spirituality.
Please contact the chaplain of your choice directly at the phone number or e-mail address given below. In your first contact, please indicate the names of the couple, their contact information, date, time and location of the wedding, if known.
I look forward to the privilege of creating, with you, a ceremony that honours the unique traditions, beliefs and values that you bring to your significant life transition. Recognizing the uniqueness of each person, and their experiences, I will work with you to create a memorable ceremony for you and those whom you invite to share it.
In addition to my career in child and youth mental health, I am actively involved with the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship. After raising our children and watching them grow into young adults, my husband and I continue to enjoy our home in the country that we share with a variety of animals. We enjoy having many beautiful locations nearby for hiking and kayaking.
Mara Shaw comes to Kingston from St. Louis, Missouri and brings the open warmth of the Midwest to all of her work. She loves creating ceremonies that are about those being honoured, from babies to couples to loved ones who have passed away. When not serving as a Lay Chaplain, Mara is the Executive Director of the National Farmers Union, advocating for agroecology and sustainable food sovereignty.