Hi, I'm Rev. Mercedes, a.k.a., Rev. Mercy!
I am an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister based in Los Angeles, California.
I officiate weddings, baby and child blessings, end-of-life celebrations, rites of passage such as quinceañeras, and much more.
How did I become a bilingual Interfaith/Interspiritual officiant and what does that mean? I am the daughter of Cuban immigrants who arrived to the Los Angeles area in the 1970s.
Specifically, I grew up in the South Bay. My first language was Spanish and I learned to speak English at four years old through a combination of watching Sesame Street and having a somewhat, let's say intolerant, pre-school teacher. I was raised Catholic, but I was surrounded by traces of the Afro-Cuban Lukumí tradition.
When I went to UCLA for undergrad, I was introduced to yoga and Hinduism. I eventually met my husband, Tarik, who was a Muslim turned atheist. He happened to be the one to introduce me to Buddhism, which led me to my meditation practice, which led me to a few years of hospice volunteering.
Eventually I thought I needed more education on the world's religions if I was going to be helping people at such a meaningful time in their lives. I also felt personally that one religion could not define my spirituality. I believed there was a common truth in all of them--the truth of love.
So, I decided to attend One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and was ordained after their two-year program. On the day of my ordination, my old friend Ezequiel sent me a Facebook message telling me that he was engaged and that he was hoping I'd officiate his wedding because he couldn't find an officiant who spoke both English and Spanish, understood his Dominican culture, and understood his and his fiancé's sense of spirituality, which was based on both nature and yoga. I knew that I was the person who fit the bill and so I agreed to do his wedding.
I loved the process so much, I have been officiating weddings and other ceremonies ever since. Other things to know about me are that I am a professional Flamenco dancer and teacher, my husband truly is my best friend in the whole world, I love cooking, reading, writing, listening to music and to podcasts, and I wholeheartedly believe that Love is Love, all paths and faiths are rooted in Love and lead to Love, and that Black Lives Matter.
My pronouns are She/Her/Hers.
- Southern California
- $601 - $950
- 541 North Commonwealth Avenue