Archive for October, 2012

Universal Baptisms and Water Blessings

Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by Susanna

    Baptisms can be highly sensitive within interfaith services.  Some families choose to stay away from it all together.  Others choose to include an universal baptism where the child is baptized as a child of God—not in a particular religion.   Still others choose a simpler blessing of water.   The words and explanations are key!   We don’t want anyone to wince.  Here is a lovely heart shaped bowl that we used for a Catholic/Jewish baby blessing ceremony done in the family’s backyard.   We also included the Jewish blessing of the wine, the calling of the generations and gave the child a Hebrew name.  Strung around the picket fence were photos of the children fastened to a clothes line.   Guests were seated in the round, with the parents and the children facing them.  At the end of the ceremony, the children all blew bubbles thereby wishing the baby lots of laughter throughout her life!  So much joy!

A Moroccan Muslim/African American Baptist Baby Naming

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by Susanna

  I have the best job in the world!  These littlest ones amongst us are closer to God.

Two traditions, twice blessed! Where some may struggle with the meaning of respect, tolerance and understanding, this little one will have lived it by watching his parents.


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