Anyone wishing to solemnize their marriage at any of the Churches within the Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership (CEMP) must obtain the approval of the Rector or Priest in Charge at least 6 months prior to the intended date. This applies to both active members and non-members. To obtain this permission the couple must discuss with the Rector or Priest in Charge their purpose for their marriage, and their plans to live a Christian life. If, after this discussion, they wish to continue, the couple will then begin pre-marriage counseling with the Rector or Priest in Charge. There will be at the very least three sessions, probably more. If one, or both of the couple were previously married it is required by Church Canons that a Re-Marriage application be completed and submitted to the Bishop for approval and permission to solemnize the Marriage.