One more note on the Chelsea Clinton wedding (yes, I’m sick of hearing about it, too).
It turns out that the minister who co-officiated the wedding with a rabbi was the Rev. Bill Shillady, former pastor of Mamaroneck United Methodist Church.
Lots of Mamaroneck folks probably recall Shillady, who was a very visible figure during his years as pastor (1988-2000). I got to interview him a few times — including about a “Sunday night live” service aimed at teens — and found him to a real engaging clergyman.
It’s well known that Hillary Clinton is a United Methodist. Chelsea, apparently, is one as well, according to the United Methodist News Service. They say that Chelsea has occasionally attended Shillady’s church in NYC.
The wedding was co-officiated by a rabbi, as the groom, Mark Mezvinsky, is Jewish. The rabbi was James Ponet, the Jewish chaplain at Yale.
The wedding was held two hours before sundown on Saturday — during the Jewish Sabbath — which goes against Jewish tradition. Many Jewish blogs have been filled with Oy Veys about the wedding.
I was on Bob Dunning’s show yesterday on the Catholic Channel on satellite radio, talking about, among other things, Chelsea’s wedding. He wondered why Jenna Bush’s wedding in 2008 didn’t get nearly as much attention. A good question, I think.
UMNS file photo by John C. Goodwin