In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, children of any age can be named and welcomed into the wider community and the human family with a Dedication ceremony. The child is named, and the symbols of water and a rose used to express our gratitude for the original blessing or gift of life, the potential goodness in all, and our present happiness and future hopes for the child.
Child Dedications are most often a part of a Sunday morning service. Parents or guardians and the child are invited forward, as well as any siblings, godparents or family members who are involved. The congregation pledges its support to the child and family; the godparents, family members and parents pledge their support for the child in body, mind and spirit.
Occasionally, arrangements will be made for a private dedication during non-service times if that is needed or desired for health, mobility or other reasons. The minister can also travel to a hospital.