When a child joins a family through birth or adoption, not only is that family forever changed, but also the community in which that family lives is widened and enriched. Because baptism is conceived of as a sacrament that washes away the stain of original sin, and Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth of every person rather than their innate sinfulness, we do not baptize children (or adults). We do, however, ceremonially welcome babies and older children into this world, and into the community which holds them, offering our lifelong commitment to the nurture of each child. A child dedication is a joyful ritual which affirms that each new person is a gift and which celebrates the covenant of family and community (excerpted from Church of the Large Fellowship, Quest for Meaning).
This special ritual takes place during our regular Sunday morning services throughout the year and is officiated by our minister and our Director of Religious Exploration. Together, they craft a special ritual of blessing, affirmation, and welcome that involves both the family and the full congregation.
2018- 2019 Child Dedication Dates:
If you are interested in having your child dedicated during worship, please contact Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Education.