Originally Posted by OceanSolitude
UUs usually use water gathered and sanitized from water members bring from their summer activities during what is called "water communion." I like the being welcomed into the community aspect of baby dedications/baptisms.
i like rituals involving water - perhaps a remnant of my own catholic baptism back in the day? i also love the aspect of being welcomed into a community.
Originally Posted by KaliHekate
I had Ash blessed by my spiritual teacher. It wasn't really a big ceremony, just us and him at his house. Some essential oil, some prayers, invocation, and an energy transmission and there ya go. He gave him a cool blanket he got in India with Shiva-Parvati-Ganesha on it. We asked him to be his godfather, so he took that oath too (to be spiritually responsible for him until he's of age). He's also gotten belessings from many other spiritual teachers both when I was pregnant and since he's been born. A bigger one would be nice but all my friends and family have such different spiritual beliefs that at least 1/2 of them would be like WTF???!!
nice! yeah, i imagine many of us have the same problem being the minority.. we are planning to do it in a small circle, so no-shows shouldn't be a big problem!
i also love that your spiritual teacher is Ash's godfather. :)
Originally Posted by serena76
My DH is a seventh day Adventist, we are going to have a baby dedication this Saturday at church. It's just an informal show of thanks for liv. She will choose if she wants to be baptised when she's older.
oh!! mommy brain over here somehow thought liv has already been baptized! oops..
so last weekend i asked Sage's guardians (friends of ours) to be there, and encouraged them to perhaps read something or say something.. my friend suggested they could organize the picnic afterwards. so i am thinking: outside, have everyone sit in a circle around the baby to represent the "it takes a village to raise a child". the concept of the village has been very important to us during the pregnancy and in these first four months. i only want to invite people who have helped in some way so far, so people who really kind of make up our village.
Sage's guardians are completely nonspiritual atheists, but i think they get the importance of it for us. :)