catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Going to the Chapel

vol. 9, num. 8 :: 2010.04.16 — 2010.04.29

The earth is waking up, the birds are singing, people are falling in love and wedding plans are materializing. Throughout every human culture, wedding rituals have evolved, taken hold and then changed again. How can these ceremonies reflect our deepest values? Where are the key points of friction, change and creativity today?



Freely given

Thoughts on the question of (not) registering for gifts.

Going to the chapel

On doing things differently, without failing to speak the language of tradition.


I promise

How mundane details met audacious hope, in the round, on December 31, 2000.


Shopping for love

A cautionary tale from a renegade registering spree.

First, the wedding

On planning the ceremony after 50, with kids, in the midst of the stuff of life.

Telling a good story

An interview with Joy'l Ver Heul, organizer of a locally grown wedding show.

The wedding planner

Sorting out the essentials and non-essentials of the ceremony.

How NOT to propose

Some cautions toward focusing on what it's really all about.

Planning and scanning with the idea of home

Pondering gift registry in the final stages of planning a wedding.


In case you missed it the first time

On being single, on being married

We asked several people to give us their thoughts on being married or single as they are shaped by the media and their own experiences—this is what they said.

The metamorphosis

Is the starry-eyed optimism of the engaged a mere illusion?

The anti-princess diaries

On the pressures of orchestrating "the most important day of your life."

Weaving the web

No French Kisses

Sarah Keller writes about the transcendence of her first date.


Opening the door

A retired pastor reflects on a lifetime of listening to scripture and to the gay Christians who have sought his counsel.


Early mornings and love...

Gabe Knipp on waking up to exercise with the one he loves.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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