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Opening Words: “We are here today to recognize the completion of your Coming of Age...

We are here today to recognize the completion of your program of study for this Coming of Age ceremony and to celebrate with you the faith you have come to accept through this year of questioning and investigating.

Some of you were brought to a Unitarian Universalist church to be Dedicated and Named. At that ceremony we gave thanks for the miracle of your new life. Your parents affirmed their sacred responsibility to you. We rejoiced in the promise and hope of every child and the congregation pledged to promote your welfare and "the welfare of all our children to the end that they might grow in beauty, truth, and love."

To that ceremony, this morning, we add this Rite of Passage. We set apart these moments to recognize the important changes in you and to celebrate a new stage in your life, one with diverse meanings.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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