Weddings & Ceremonies
The Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna offers ceremonies to mark all of life’s passages.Whether it is a beginning of life baby welcoming or an end of life parting with a loved one or any of the steps along life’s way including graduations, weddings, or coming out celebrations we offer services that mark the rites of passage to both our members and also to the wider community.
The Unitarian community encourages an individual’s search for truth and meaning and we also honour the inherent worth and dignity of each individual and so we take pride and pleasure in being able to sit down with you to help you plan a ceremony that is unique to you and that expresses all that you would wish it to.
Services are performed by our lay chaplain, Jan Dawson. Lay Chaplains are members of the Unitarian Congregation who have been specially trained to perform ceremonies and they are provincially licensed wedding officiants. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about having our Chaplains be of service to you on your special day!
The Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna supports the celebration and maintenance of healthy, committed, loving relationships between two people, regardless of sexual orientation. We are pleased to officiate at weddings for either opposite-sex or same-sex couples.
In addition we are pleased to offer services for interfaith couples. For those who say “ Neither of the faiths will marry us” or “Our families are from two different faith traditions and we don’t want to offend either” a Unitarian service can offer a welcome alternative.
For those who are unaffiliated and say “ We want a service that is spiritual but without particular religious doctrine” a Unitarian wedding is the perfect choice.We will sit down with you to help you plan a ceremony that expresses exactly what is in your heart. Do you want to write your own vows? We will fit our service around them. Ceremonies can take place at a variety of locations both indoor and out as well as at our church at 1310 Bertram Street. For more information, click here to contact us by email.
Links for Wedding Planning:
Twenty Questions to Ask Before You Get Married from Susan Piver's book, The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do"
Rainbow Wedding Network offers immediate access to gay-friendly wedding services, including an online registry, specifically designed for gay, lesbian, bi, trans and gay-friendly couples.
Your local library is also a good resource! In the Okanagan you can search the on-line catalogue for the Okanagan Regional Library.
Funeral and Memorial Services
Funeral and Memorial Services provide an opportunity for family and friends to share together in the memories of the life of a loved one. Our Lay Chaplain(s) can spend time with family and friends, listening to those memories so that together we can plan a service that will honour the deceased and reflect the life lived.
For more information about these and other ceremonies plus schedules, venues, fee structure and availabilities please contact our church office.