Throughout human history, people have celebrated and marked the stages of life with rituals and traditions, both private and shared. Here at EUUC, we have several Rites of Passage that we mark as a gathered community.
Child Dedications are special ceremonies in our church services when we welcome new infants and children into our midst. In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, the child is not dedicated to the church. Rather, the church is dedicated to the child. During our Child Dedications we rejoice with the family, honor the commitment of parents and guardians, and pledge our support as a community. These ceremonnies are offered throughout the year. If you are interested in having your child dedicated, please contact the Rev. Cecilia Kingman.
Age of Reason is a Unitarian Universalist faith development and identity curricula for children in Grade 2. This program recognizes the important stage of intellectual and moral development that occurs for children this age. The lessons are fun and engaging, and the series ends with a ceremony for the participants. Age of Reason happens in spring each year.
Coming of Age is a faith development course for young adolescents, which includes learning about our Unitarian Universalist religion and other faith traditions, and working with a mentor to explore one's own beliefs. Youth write a personal credo and end the program with a ceremony with the church community. This course is offered most years, depending on the number of youth participants.
Every spring our high school seniors are invited to participate in a ceremony marking the end of their adolescent, and their entry into young adulthood. The ceremony takes place during the Sunday morning worship with the full congregation, and all seniors or 18 year olds are invited to participate. This includes youth who are homeschooled or who are participating in non-traditional educational paths.