Mandy Evans Ewing

Wedding & Civil Partnership, Naming & Welcoming and Funeral Ceremonies

About

“Our celebrant for the day, Mandy went out of her way to help us design exactly the kind of ceremony that suited our style and spirit, and delivered it all with inimitable panache. We have never been more thrilled to live in the modern age than now, when unconventional ideas are not only acceptable, but may be endorsed and executed even by qualified wedding professionals – and she is without question the best there is.”

“I just can’t imagine how I would have got through the last three weeks without your guidance, patience, sensitivity and loving thoughts and words. I will never forget your kindness and professionalism.”

“Thank you so much Mandy, your compassion and care through the dark days was like a light shining out over the wastelands.”

It is my very great honour, joy and privilege to help people have meaningful ceremonies and rites of passage in their life.

I am now one of the longest serving Celebrants in Scotland. I have been a Registered Celebrant since spring 2001 and was one of the first twelve to be authorised as a Marriage Celebrant in 2005. I am Humanist Chaplain / Advisor for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University. I have also been involved in developing Humanist representation in NHS Spiritual Care and am constantly engaged in promoting harmonious relations between people of all beliefs in a wide variety of forums. I have previously served on the HSS BOT and Glasgow Group Committee.

I live on the southside of Glasgow in a warm and close-knit community with my husband Jim.

I present a radio show on Thursday lunchtimes (https://www.camglenradio.org/index.php?id=134). 'Bringing you an eclectic ensemble of tunes and top tips; gastronomy, gardening and guests; readings and recitations; philosophy and features . Celebrating our common humanity, building community, warming your heart and lightening up your day. Welcome to The Bright Side :-)'.
I am a Board Member of Urban Roots, an award winning community led environmental organisation based in south Glasgow; Co-Director and Co-Organiser of Stanmore Social - a local community organisation; Co-Founder of The Love Alliance, a Co-Founder of The (Scottish) Constitutional Commission, supporter of Scotland's For Peace and signee of the Scottish Peace Covenant.

I ran my own business for 14 years offering Life Guidance, Coaching and Consultancy. I am a Social Worker to trade. I have also worked in the arts, including Glastonbury Festival - where I have been a Front of House Manager on an 850 capacity Theatre and Circus venue for 21 years, an annual pilgrimage for the most enjoyable festival work with a crew whom I love deeply. I previously danced with Indepen-dance, Scotland’s premier mixed ability dance company.

I am passionate about our beautiful earth, gardening, permaculture, yoga, cycling, dance, music, great food, great company and the great outdoors.

What humanism means to me
To me, Humanism means focusing on common values, and on the universal qualities, abilities and aspirations that unify all human beings regardless of creed or class, and, valuing the unique contribution that each of us makes to this magnificent mandala that is life - because we are one human family. I firmly believe - deep in my heart - that through human will and effort peace, harmony and sustainability can prevail and that another world is possible.

Peruse my testimonials and reviews here: www.facebook.com/MandyHumanistCelebrant/

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

My approach to Weddings
I see my role as a Celebrant as a facilitator, to help people express themselves, their love and their life in a way which is most meaningful to them. In weddings, as with all ceremonies, people choose the elements and expressions that are important to them, and along with the necessary legal obligations, these are woven together like an individual tapestry to create a tailored and distinctly personal celebration of love and joining together of two people in marriage. 

What I love most about conducting weddings .... The feelings of such joy, meeting so many beautiful and wonderful people dressed up and looking gorgeous and happy, the new experiences, the champagne, and, most of all, the satisfaction of helping people express their love, commitment and good intentions for one another.

My advice to you ..... Love is patient and love is kind.
My favourite piece of wedding poetry .... There are so many wonderful things to choose from, of every ilk – deeply moving, funny, irreverent, tremendously thoughtful, and more. My favourite changes.
I always particularly like this . . .

From WHERE WE BELONG
Then you rose into my life
Like a promised sunrise.
Brightening my days with the light in your eyes.
I’ve never been so strong,
Now I’m where I belong.
(Maya Angelou)

I would advocate highly that you to seek out a truly wonderful, and slightly longer, piece called ‘The Invitation’ by Orion, Mountain Dreamer.

And I have always loved this for any occasion:
May the sun bring you new energies by day;
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away any worries you may have
And the breezes blow new strength into your being.
And then, all the days of your life,
May you walk gently through the world
And know its beauty.
(Apache Blessing)

My favourite piece of wedding music
Och, self-indulgence . . .
1) ‘Breathe Easy’ – The Sugababes
2) A medley of Waterboys tunes played on the flute by an adorable girlfriend
3) ‘Celebration of our Love’ (tune: Cwm Rhondda)
4) ‘Fields of Gold’ by Eva Cassidy, sung beautifully by Alison

My most unusual location for a wedding .... So hard to decide between so many ... someone’s front room, halfway up Goat Fell on Arran or the stunning beach at Eriskay, a historic location where Bonnie prince Charlie first stepped foot on his return to Scottish soil and the film ‘Whisky Galore’ was sited!

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

My approach to Namings
I feel deeply honoured and privileged to do this work whatever the nature of the ceremony. Our words, our intentions and our actions are important things that shape lives so a ceremony to name a child and welcome them to the world is a wonderful way to let them know explicitly that they are loved, wanted and valued, and wish them well on their journey through life. Every ceremony, as with all ceremonies, is bespoke; for Baby Leo, as well as making good promises, and celebrating his being heartily and joyously, and with cake and bubbly, we sang ‘heads and shoulders, knees and toes’ !

Funeral Ceremonies

My approach to Funerals
“Death is the one thing that connects us all. It reminds us that what's really important is who we've touched, how much we've given. It makes us realize that we have to be good to one another.” (Peter Petrelli).

I feel very strongly, that as far as is humanly possible, the death of someone we have known and loved should be marked in a way that is inclusive for all those who gather to lament a death and celebrate a life. This final rite of passage allows us to acknowledge and reflect on the significance of a person’s life within their circle of love and existence, and on the gifts and lessons from knowing and loving them.

“Every blade in the field, Every leaf in the forest, Lays down its life in its season, As beautifully as it was taken up.” (Henry David Thoreau).

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