Because Unitarian Universalists believe that all children are born blessed, rather than sinful, we conduct child dedications instead of baptisms.
Child dedication ceremonies are usually crafted by the parents and minister working closely together. Many will include the following elements:
- A blessing for the new life of the child;
- An expression of parental hopes for the child;
- A promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child.
The ceremony can happen any time after the child’s birth. Some parents do it while the child is an infant, and others do it when the child is older and can understand the ceremony.
Contact our minister if you would like him officiate a child dedication.