Child Dedications and Ceremonies
Here at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie it is our tradition to bless children rather than to baptize them.
We welcome children into the stream of life in the community with water and a pledge of our support to them as they grow into the people they are meant to become. The ritual is normally done during a service, with the entire congregation taking part as well as the child/children’s family.
The Unitarian Universalist child dedication ceremony is not a traditional baptism. Our theology does not impose a doctrine of original sin but rather affirms each life as worthy of respect and already blessed. Further, affirming the child’s free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we invite them to make their own religious decisions when they reach adulthood.
The congregation also celebrates the Coming of Age of our youth. Our teens spend a year of study and discernment of their personal beliefs, and share them with the congregation.