Unitarian Universalist rites of passage such as weddings, memorial services, and child dedications are guided by a sense of transcending mystery and an ethic of human dignity. The format and wording are not closely dictated by our tradition. As such, rites of passage are meaningful and personal. There is room in crafting the ritual to reflect the values and unique character of those being celebrated. The officiant and the family reflect together and collaborate on the planning to ensure a memorable event. Ceremonies often include readings and music that are significant to the people involved; these could include sacred text, poetry, prayers, or literary passages, among other elements. Find out more about general Unitarian Universalist views of rites of passage on the UUA website.
At the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (UCH), we hold weddings and memorial services for members and non-members alike in both our historic Market Street location and in our modern A-frame building on Clover Lane. Our longstanding commitment to equality and our ability to translate between multiple traditions in an interfaith family make UCH a natural choice for many families as they plan their celebrations of love and life. To help ensure that families and guests have a positive experience of sacred ceremonies in our sanctuary, weddings and memorial services at UCH are officiated by a minister of UCH or by a leader who is approved by the Senior Minister.
Other rites of passage such as Child Dedications for children under five, Coming of Age Ceremonies for young people entering adolescence, and Bridging Ceremonies for those entering adulthood are usually held in the context of a Sunday morning worship service, but arrangements can be made for a private ceremony if the family needs one.