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, our minister, and our religious educator 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.
Usually, child dedications are held during a Sunday worship service so that the church community can pledge support. 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 Lead Minister if you would like one of our affiliated ministers to officiate a child dedication.