Celebrating Rites of Passage
Unitarian Universalists have affirmed my sense of being called to ministry by allowing me to be present with them in their lives and in their congregations in very significant ways at the boundary times of life.
I have tried to honor this trust, to be worthy of it.
To carry out this work to which I believe I have been called, I feel privileged and blessed.
I have been called upon to perform:
- child dedications
- marriages, when they are called "marriages" or when they are restricted by the state to being "unity ceremonies" or "services of union"
- celebrations of life
- memorial services and funerals
I know that each ceremony is personal, and I work with the people and community to give meaning to the services.
Ceremonies of the Community
Throughout my ministerial career I have appreciated the ceremonies that have grown organically within the congregations I have served.
From lighting of candles to water communions, I help congregations strengthen the meaning of their celebrations.
Celebrating Unique and Special Events
The photograph at left shows me posed with photos of the former minister of the church I was serving. The local newspapers covered the congregation's dedication of a plaque, and reported on the minister's humanitarian deeds and deserved world-wide recognition.