Unitarian Universalists believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world. We set aside a special time, called a child dedication or blessing ceremony, for our community to celebrate the blessing of this gift of life that we believe is inherently sacred. As we join together to name and dedicate the child we affirm our commitment to nurture the child and hold that child within the fabric of our community. We believe that we are all blessed when we welcome a child into our human family and give our blessing to the child as he or she begins his or her journey.
A child dedication or blessing ceremony is appropriate when a new baby is born, when a child is adopted, or when a family decides to join a UU community and wishes to have its children welcomed through dedication.