In most cultures and traditions, the occasion of a baby's birth is marked by a welcoming ceremony. Often the baby's name is officially "bestowed" and parents may be called on to make promises to raise to raise their child according to certain ordinances. I am pleased to offer an alternative to a traditional christening or bris milah by working with you to create a meaningful ceremony that formally welcomes your new baby to your family, your community, and the world.
Baby Welcoming ceremonies can be for families who are non-religious -- or who are religious but are interested in including friends and relatives from multi-cultural backgrounds in an inclusive ceremony.
Should a couple not belong to a faith community, a secular baby welcoming ceremony can be a way to celebrate the birth of a baby and to bring family and friends together. The community gathers in love and support to uphold the parents and the new baby in their new journey as a family.
A typical ceremony might have the parents explain the choices behind the baby's name and make promises to the baby about the way they hope to raise him or her. Parents may choose to appoint official "mentors", or to call upon the whole gathering to act as guides along the child's life path.
Welcoming ceremonies need not be restricted to newborns. A ceremony can be created that welcomes children joining a family through adoption or by blending families, as well.
There are many ways to make such a ceremony unique and memorable. I look forward to working with you to create a ceremony that reflects you and your family.
photo credit: Gabrielle Touchette