Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Religious content in Baby Naming Ceremonies

Another FAQ ....Can we have religious references in the ceremony?

Obviously, if you want a fully religious ceremony, you should be contacting your church or religious community.

But there is nothing wrong with having some reference to God, perhaps a prayer, or a reading with a religious bias, included in a civil ceremony - just as there is nothing wrong with having a 100% secular ceremony.

The main thing is that the ceremony should be authentic to you, your family, and your beliefs.

At a ceremony I performed not so long ago, the grandparents were committed churchgoers and the parents of the child were not. So out of respect they asked the grandparents if they would choose and read a passage they felt was appropriate to their beliefs at the ceremony.

It went really well.

Til next time ...