Life Passage Ceremonies
For those interested in marking important life passages, the Ethical Culture Society has Leaders and Officiants available to preside and help you plan personal and meaningful occasions. For more information contact Yalitza Garcia
in the Leaders' Office.
Ethical Culture Weddings
Our weddings are creative, respecting the individuality of each member of the couple, as well as the ethical commitment of the union. Shared values are the foundation of an Ethical Culture wedding. We specialize in customized ceremonies for couples of different religious backgrounds and genders, no particular religious connection, and others who want a non-traditional, humanistic, spiritual ceremony. Ethical Culture Leaders and Officiants are authorized under the New York State law to perform weddings. Download our Wedding Brochure
Baby Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies
These ceremonies recognize the joy and commitment of parenting. By introducing the child formally to family, friends, and community, the ceremony recognizes the child as a person of worth, dignity, and uniqueness. For new parents, this may also be the first step of a formal commitment to their child’s ethical development. Parents meet with a leader or officiant to create the ceremony, which can be private or interwoven with the Sunday Meeting.
Coming of Age
The Ethical Culture community strives to support adolescents in this most formative period of their lives. The ceremony may be connected to the Ethics for Children Sunday School program, or it may be an individual marking of this life passage with family and friends. A Leader and the child meet with parents, a mentor and other family members to fashion a ceremony unique to the individual.
At the time of death, the primary concern is to help the bereaved reach beyond the loss to an affirmation of life. The memorial service is planned by family and friends with an Ethical Culture Leader or officiant. It is designed to commemorate and celebrate the life of the deceased, to help the bereaved accept the pain and loss, and to offer support and comfort. This service often becomes a celebration of an individual’s life - a time to share memories, a time to focus on the impact they made on others, and a time to acknowledge finality without despair.