Harriet & Douglas Muraya Wedding Sept 4 2016 Beverly Massachusetts Photo: Sam Mwaura/Samrack media
The City of Beverly, MA Witnesses the Coming Together of Two Cultures
Harriet & Douglas Muraya Wedding Sept 4 2016 Beverly Massachusetts
By Sam Mwaura/Samrack Media
More than 250 people converged at the colorful Rose Garden, Lynch Park in Beverly, MA to witness an intercultural marriage between Mr. Douglas MacDougal, a New England native and Kenyan-born Ms. Harriet Gichuki.
The wedding was jointly hosted by Beverly’s Pilgrim Church and Gateway Presbyterian church of Boston. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Mbagara and Rev. Valarie Crisman M.Div. Conducted the ceremony while Rev. Dr. Jennifer Creamer read the scriptures during the service. Rev. Drs. William David Spencer and Aida Besancon Spencer presided as best man and maid of honor. Bishop Dr. Ruth Maina from San Jacinto, CA was a guest of honor.
Other pastors in attendance were Mrs & Rev.Kihiko,Mr Paynter & Pastor Lucy Paynter omong others
During the wedding ceremony Mr. MacDougal was initiated into the Kikuyu tribe and given the name Muraya (pronounced MOH-rah-yah) which means the tall one.
The wedding between Harriet and Douglas was Joyful,glorious and unique in many ways. There was an acute awareness that something special was going to come down, a burst of light, a joyous vibration going to the very heart of life,was about to happen and indeed a deep expression of love and affection was witnessed as the two said their vows.
First and foremost, it was a holy joining of two Christian believers, for the glory of God as the two lovebirds testified. Secondly, Harriet belongs to Gateway Presbyterian church of Boston while Doug as he is fondly referred to by many, belongs to Pilgrim church.
The two Churches worship together in the same sanctuary at 300 Cabot St, Beverly, MA. Thirdly, the city recently created a Human Rights committee to assist its citizens from different cultural backgrounds to co-exist. The wedding was also attended by among other guests, Beverly Police chief, John Lelacheur, the Director of North Shore Elder Services, Mr. Paul Lanzikos, and Beverly Democratic party Affirmative outreach officer, Esther Ngotho. All three are also members of the city’s human rights committee. Other guests were from across the nation and from overseas.
When the couple was asked about their honeymoon,they responded that the would like to extend their honeymoon wish to everyone by contemplating and reflecting on God’s love and glorious riches.
I have attended many weddings,this one tops and was one of a kind,perhaps too early to say “Wedding of the year”
May God Bless their families and friends and the relationships, which have supported, strengthened and sustained them throughout their lives.