Rev. Barnaby dedicating a baby

Child Dedications

Rather than holding Christian-style baptisms or christenings, we have child dedication ceremonies for infants and children.

Child dedication ceremonies are usually crafted by the parents and our minister, working closely together. Many  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


Marriage EqualityBecause of our strong respect for each person’s beliefs and values, each wedding is custom-crafted with a couple to reflect their personalities and relationship. This respect and our flexibility enable Unitarian Universalist ministers to be skilled officiants for interfaith weddings, atheist weddings, and weddings for those with Unitarian Universalism’s diverse beliefs.

In addition to blessing heterosexual unions, Unitarian Universalist congregations and ministers joyfully bless same-sex marriages. Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people and have a long history of promoting equal rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ).

Memorial Services and Funerals

Services to honor loved ones who have passed on are  very personal occasions. At CVUUS, these services are developed by the family of the deceased and our minister to specially honor the memory of that individual. The service might include the following elements:

  • A eulogy
  • Poems and other readings
  • Prayer or meditation
  • A time to remember the deceased with stories and memories
  • Hymn singing or other music
  • A time for personal reflection

Contact Us

If you are interested in CVUUS helping with your child dedication, wedding, or memorial service, either in your home or as part of a Sunday service, please contact us.