Unitarian Universalists believe every child is born in goodness. We also believe that we cannot determine religious beliefs for anyone else, especially for infants. Therefore, a Child Dedication is a celebration of a child’s beginning their journey in the world, rather than a cleansing of original sin or declaration of a child’s religious affiliation.
A Child Dedication ceremony is a time to remember that all children grow in the world that we are making. In a Child Dedication, the parents, godparents, and the larger community of friends and family dedicate themselves to the spiritual life of the child. A Dedication is also time to introduce a child by name, because it is by our names that we are recognized as unique individuals.
We invite all parents of children who have not been dedicated, regardless of age, to consider having their children dedicated.