Child Dedication Ceremonies

Unitarian Universalists believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world. We set aside a special time, called simply the Ceremony of Dedication, for the community to bless the child and celebrate the blessing of this gift of life.

The ceremony does not make the life of the child sacred; we believe that life is sacred inherently. When we dedicate a child, we acknowledge the truth that each child’s life is sacred and hold that truth in the light of our faith.

We understand that we are all part of the interconnected web of all existence. And the church community has the privileged role not only of supporting the parents in the sacred task of nurturing life but also of weaving the threads of culture—history, values, arts, wisdom, visions—into a fabric that can enfold the family. The UU Community welcomes the child with love, into the human community, in the spirit of humanity’s oneness, and into the fellowship of life. (excerpted from We Dedicate This Child by Linda Olson Peebles, a UUA pamphlet)

If your family is interested in having your child/ren dedicated, please contact our DLRE at