Rev. Gary Kiddney, II
Many friends have asked me how and why I became an Ordained Minister. In my answer to them I sight my need to make people happy, laugh and I have to admit that knowing the Marriage Equality Act here in New York State was coming, certainly had a large impact on my becoming ordained.
Though my beliefs are varied, having been brought up Presbyterian, joined the Catholic Church in my Junior year of High School. I then attended a Reformed Church while in College, all while taking my Grandmother to St. Paul's Universalist Church in Little Falls when I was home. I have been seeking some type of religion that I am most comfortable with. I believe in God (or other supreme being). Personally, I believe Jesus was a phenomenal Prophet and his words are reflective of many of my own beliefs.
In the 21st Century, there is unlimited information available to all of us. Enlightening information that we never would have been able to access if it weren't for the web. I look forward to accepting as many people as I can. Often I have been told that I am "more Christian, than many Christians". A simple thought that "God Is Love" is what my Grandparents followed...... I follow the same belief, and I mean no disrespect to anyone who believes differently.
As a gay male who has been in a relationship going on 25 years, I know exactly how it feels to be uncomfortable it is trying to plan a public event, sending flowers, labeling a birthday cake "will they be friendly, poke fun, belittle us?" You are not going to find that here. As I stated on my other page, we all know many Churches will not be allowing couples to join in unity under their roofs, this truly makes me sad. My partner and I affirmed our love for each other, fortunately in the local Presbyterian Church here in Troy, NY in 1998. This particular Church is a More Light Church and had been allowing these ceremonies for some time. We look forward to being "legally married" within the next year.
Being able to preform ALL marriages (both gay and straight) really completes the circle for me. I am able to offer a service without hesitation, worry or stress to ANY couple is heartwarming. Of course along with being a Minister, I will also be able to preform Baptisms, Funerals and more. Offering to the world a chance to COEXIST together.
Rev. Gary Kiddney II, ULC, AMM