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Baptism/ Child Dedication in Unitarian Universalism

Rather than holding Christian-style baptisms, most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication ceremonies for infants, young adopted children, or young children whose families have recently joined the congregation.

Child dedication ceremonies are usually crafted by the parents and the congregation's minister working closely together. Many will include the following elements:

  • A blessing for the new life of the child
  • An expression of the parent or parents’ hopes for the child
  • A promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child in its spiritual life

Adults are not required to be or become baptized when joining the Unitarian Universalist faith. To learn more about Unitarian Universalist beliefs, please visit Are My Beliefs Welcome? To learn more about adult membership in Unitarian Universalist congregations, please see our Membership page.

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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