Weddings – Ministers at First UU Church are available to create with you a wedding ceremony that is meaningful and uniquely yours. We meet with you in person to create a ceremony that reflects your intentions of creating a life together. Our campus includes a small chapel, a large sanctuary, and a reception hall with kitchen. We are also available to officiate weddings off-site. Wedding/Commitment Ceremony Information Checklist.
Commitment Ceremonies – We at First UU Church believe that love should be celebrated and honored, regardless of the gender of the couple. We have been officiating and performing commitment ceremonies for same sex couples (and opposite sex couples) since the late 1970s. We are available to create with you a commitment ceremony that reflects and celebrates who you are and your intentions for creating a long life together. Commitments ceremonies can be performed at a venue of your choice or at one of four spaces on our campus including a small chapel, a large sanctuary, in our greeting garden or in front of our water fountain and reflecting pool.
Renewal of Vows – We believe that people and relationships grow and evolve. It is important to acknowledge this growth and occasionally renewal vows of commitment and wedding vows to celebrate the continued intention of creating a life together. Ministers at First UU Church are available to help you create a ceremony that acknowledges the growth in your lives and relationship.
Divorce Ceremonies – Just as we have rituals and ceremonies that acknowledge the beginning of a relationship, it can be important to have a ritual or ceremony that acknowledges the end of a relationship. Ministers at First UU Church are available to help create a ritual that signifies the ending of a relationship and continued growth as a couple chooses to go on their individual paths. Intentional endings can be a healthy and affirming way to say goodbye and begin a new and different life.
Child Dedications, Baptisms, Christenings – We at First UU Church believe that children are unique and precious gifts to our families and community. It is a communal effort to raise up a child and so our ritual of child dedication, which includes the symbolic act of baptism with water, is done in a public way, with the whole community involved during a Sunday service. If you are interested in a private baby or child baptism with members of your own family or community our Ministers are happy to discuss this option with you.
Funerals and Memorial Services – the Circle of Life is ever evolving and our Ministers are available to meet with you to create a memorial service that honors and celebrates the life of your beloved who has died. Each service is unique and the Minister will guide you through an order of service that offers a time of sharing and reflection. (Memorial Service Information Checklist, Post-Death Tasks Check List)
Coming of Age Ceremony – as part of our congregation, the youth in our youth program are celebrated as they come of age – leaving childhood and entering adolescence. It is a special time and one that requires acknowledgement. This ceremony is highlighted in a Sunday service in November after the youth, mentors and parents of youth have participated in a program that addresses the various needs and changes a family experiences as children grow up. To be involved in this program, please contact Liz Jones, our Director of Family and Religious Education Ministry.
Bridging – this very special ceremony acknowledges and celebrates our youth who are transitioning from adolescence into young adulthood, from high school into a future beyond. This ceremony is highlighted in a Sunday service in May after youth and their parents have engaged in specific programming in the winter and spring. For more information about our Bridging program, please contact our Youth Program Coordinator Kathe Larick or Alice King, our Young Adult and Campus Ministry Coordinator.