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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

Special Services

These services are normally reserved for active FUUSA members only. Members and nonmembers interested in holding their weddings at FUUSA should go to the section titled “Weddings” for detailed information on using our facilities.

FUUSA offers three types of life passage services: child dedications, weddings and services of union, and memorial services; however, only weddings and services of union are available to non FUUSA members. We also offer space and facilities on a rental basis.

Weddings and Unions

When two people decide to join together as life partners, it is truly an event to be celebrated. Our congregation rejoices in the joining of all loving couples – heterosexual or same-sex. Our sanctuary offers a lovely setting for wedding services. Channing Hall and Emerson Community Hall provide excellent venues for receptions. Channing Hall can hold up to 150 people, and Emerson Community Hall can accommodate up to 300. In order to plan a wedding or service of union, the first step is to contact our office administrator. It is best to schedule your event at least six months in advance to ensure the availability of the space and one of our ministers who performs these services.

Child Dedications

The birth or adoption of a child is a major event in the life of any family. There is a new person to care for; roles and routines change. Our congregation recognizes this transition for our members with a service of child dedication. Child dedications are performed during Sunday morning services. The service itself takes about ten minutes, and is shared by both the adults and children of the congregation.

During the service, the parent(s), sibling(s), and godparent(s) are invited to the front of the sanctuary to share their promises with the new infant or child. The congregation participates actively by promising to take an active role in the development of the child.

Dedications are most appropriate for children three years of age or younger. Before the service, the minister will meet with the family to discuss their hopes and concerns. Families are encouraged to personalize the service to the needs of their family.

Memorial Services

The death of a loved one is a time of powerful emotions and transitions. Memorial services can be a great comfort as the grieving process begins. Our members honor those members of our congregation who have passed on with a celebration of life of the deceased. A minister will meet with family once or twice to talk about their loved one and to plan the service. Careful attention is given to pastoral care and each unique expression of grief. Families are encouraged to choose meaningful readings and music for the service.