Baby Naming and Dedications

Each night a child is born is a holy night -
A time for singing
A time for wondering,
A time for worshipping.
- Sophia Lyon Fahs

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.

Ceremonies of Dedication and Naming take many forms, reflecting each individual family's beliefs and wishes. Most ceremonies, however, include:

The honoring of parents and family members, including godparents or special guides if you wish,

Formal naming of the child,

A gift - perhaps of a rose to symbolize beauty or a book to symbolize learning,

A blessing by the minister or lay chaplain


Traditionally, at UCM, members of the congregatin have a baby naming or dedication ceremony performed by the Minister during the Christmas eve service.


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