Ceremonies and Lay Chaplaincy

Services we offer


Marriage Confirmations

Baby Blessings

Child dedications

Coming of Age Celebrations


Earth-based or Nature-oriented Services

Memorial Services

Ceremonies to celebrate other Rites of Passage

Milestone Ceremonies

Our Lay Chaplains :

Our lay chaplains perform rites of passage for non-members and for non-Unitarians. Our lay chaplains are neither ministers nor counselors but are members of the Unitarian Fellowship of London. They are approved and registered by the Canadian Unitarian Council and are provincially licensed. Our lay chaplains recognize that different people have different needs and preferences and will work with you to create a meaningful ceremony at the place of your choice. They will recognize and honour your beliefs and wishes. They will meet with you ahead of time and help you to plan a ceremony or ritual that meets with your expectations.

People often choose a Unitarian lay chaplain to officiate their ceremonies when their values and beliefs no longer fit with traditional religious perspectives. For example, many same-sex couples, interfaith couples, and previously divorced couples choose us to help them celebrate their weddings.

Ceremony Fees:

There are fees for the ceremonies conducted. These are discussed in advance with the lay chaplain. The current fee for services is $350.00, with the exception of baby blessings, child dedications and coming of age ceremonies which are $150.00 each.

Your Place or Ours?

The Unitarian Fellowship of London has a large and beautiful sanctuary and smaller suitable spaces depending upon the number of guests expected. We also have fully equipped kitchens. These spaces can be rented separately and must be booked well in advance to ensure availability.

Christine McKinlayChristine McKinlay is a Lay Chaplain with the Unitarian Fellowship of London. She has completed all required training and is licensed by the Province of Ontario to officiate wedding ceremonies and trained in other rites of passage. She is a flexible and resourceful wedding officiant. From your first contact, you will find her easy to communicate with, professional and conscientious. She will offer you a great variety of suggestions and choice for the different parts of the ceremony. She is happy to help you craft the service that you have always dreamed of. The ceremony you have in mind may be anything from elegant and traditional to lighthearted and casual. She will make sure that it suits your personal style, values, family traditions and spirituality. You can contact Christine directly at E: christine@liferituals.ca T: 519-475-6953

joyceJoyce has been a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of London for over 40 years and has been chosen by its members to serve as a Lay Chaplain. She has completed the required training and has been licensed by the Province of Ontario to perform lay chaplaincy services. She looks forward to helping people design the kind of service that suits their needs. As a retired teacher, she has empathy and skills to provide a dignified and meaningful ceremony. E: tomjoyorchard@gmail.com T: 519-455-9309

BrianBrian Keith joined the Unitarian Fellowship of London in 2017 after participating in congregations in London, Toronto, Ottawa, England and Scotland. He was raised in the Presbyterian faith in rural Ontario and had a forty year career as a technical writer focussing mostly on high technology. Since retiring Brian is focussing on what is most important in his life - relationships, the meaning of ceremonies to mark significant life passages, and the need for social harmony. Brian has been trained to conduct funeral and child naming ceremonies and is available at email at brian@b-l-keith.net or by telephone at 226-378-6637.

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The Unitarian Fellowship of London

We are a Unitarian Universalist Congregation. We are a pluralistic religious community of free-thinkers who value diversity, equality and intellectual curiosity. We gather together to challenge the mind, nourish the spirit and act in the world. As individuals and families we congregate to search for truth and meaning, and celebrate both the awe and mystery in our lives. Social justice, environmental and democratic principles, peace and compassion, are integral to our liberal religious community. We welcome fellow seekers on our journey! You are welcome to attend a Unitarian Fellowship of London Sunday service in the near future to get a sense of our religious perspective.

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