Many Unitarians prefer to use the terms ‘Naming Ceremony’ or ‘Baby Naming’ rather than Christening. Although the title is different, the event is just as meaningful. Baby Namings may take place during a service, or on a separate occasion, by arrangement with the Chapel staff. The format of the ceremony can be altered according to the wishes of the family, ensuring that the event reflects everything that is important to you.
Although you may choose to use a different title than Christening, the event is just as meaningful and significant. Naming ceremonies celebrate new life, the commitment of parents to their child and the love created. The ceremony also welcomes the child into the religious fellowship, the ‘universal church’, and the wider community of humanity and of life on earth. Naming Ceremonies do not have to take a Christian form.