Rites of Passage

Our building offers a variety of spaces and amenities, both indoors and outdoors, to accommodate your event.

Our minister, Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw, (they/them/theirs) can help you plan a meaningful recognition of your life transition. Contact them at revamy@ucdsm.org.


To help make your day special, we offer a variety of resources.

Child Dedications & Naming Ceremonies

Child dedications are an important moment in the life of a congregation. Members of the congregation pledge to provide a community of support, caring, learning, and love for the child and their family. This ritual is available only for members of the congregation, and it’s provided at no charge. Child dedications may be scheduled during a Sunday service, or on alternate days at the request of the family. Please check with Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw for their availability prior to scheduling. Rev. Shaw can be reached at revamy@ucdsm.org. No alternate officiant may conduct a child dedication at First Unitarian, but alternate officiants may join them in conducting the dedication at the request of the family.

Memorial Services, Funerals & Celebrations of Life

We offer a variety of resources during your difficult time, including help with planning a memorial service, funeral or celebration of life, if you choose.

Ceremonies of Union (Couples, Poly or Other)

Ceremonies of Union are formal ceremonies of commitment without legal standing. Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw performs these ceremonies as scheduling permits. There is no ceremony cost for members and pledging friends. All persons requesting a ceremony of union must be of legal age to marry in the jurisdiction and may not be directly related through blood or preexisting marriage or adoption. Rev. Shaw can be reached at revamy@ucdsm.org with questions about availability and non-member costs.

Other Services

Please contact Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw at revamy@ucdsm.org about any of the following:

  • Baptism
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Bris (with Rabbinical assistance)