Rev. Jeanne’s Reflections – 2/12/2020

Dedicating ourselves to our children . . .  February 15th Deadline

Between most denominations, there is theological debate over whether an unbaptized child will be saved by G*d?  Theological questions arise as to whether to baptize a child as an infant or to baptize them as an adult (when they can make their own informed decision).  Done too early or too late, is a mistake in some faiths.

As Unitarian Universalists, we do not claim a theology where a particular rite of passage must be held in order for a G*d to save our children.   We believe that salvation comes by character.  That is, it comes by how we treat one another.  What that means for our children is that we must hold them with love, as they explore a spiritual path that wanders through different faiths and philosophies.  Our children do not have to claim a specific dogma for us to love them.  Love is love is love is love . . .  We believe that those of us in the congregation who are closest to a child growing in our midst, are the ones responsible for creating a loving space for our children.  In so doing, they will grow into self-determined, confident adults, who practice compassion and kindness with others.

A Child Dedication Service is currently being planned for the March 15, 2020 Sunday Service.   If you are a parent who is a SUUS member, and if you would like your child to be part of our annual Child Dedication service (wherein the congregation dedicates themselves to your child’s growth and well-being) then please contact Rev. Jeanne by February 15th.  If you would like to know more about our Child Dedication services, please check out this link https://www.shorelineunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Child-Dedications-at-SUUS.pdf or check in with Rev. Jeanne.

With love,

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