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Wed in faith: A celebration, an act of worship

Edwina Ayoola Viola Kaliku is hidden behind fabric until her fiance identifies her as his bride at her traditional African wedding ceremony, getting married to James McCormick Jr. at the Polish Community Center in Albany last July.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Edwina Ayoola Viola Kaliku is hidden behind fabric until her fiance identifies her as his bride at her traditional African wedding ceremony, getting married to James McCormick Jr. at the Polish Community Center in Albany last July.
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The Rev. Terry McCloskey has a joke he sometimes tells when conducting weddings at Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo.

“There was a wedding where the groom was extremely nervous. When the minister asked the bride if she promised to love, honor and obey her husband, she responded, ‘Do you think I’m crazy?’

“The nervous groom promptly stated, ’I do.’ ”

Actually, at most churches, “obey” is not in the vows, not even in ...

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