Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

UU Weddings & Ceremonies

How can we arrange a wedding or commitment ceremony?

Both members and non-members may make arrangements for a ceremony to be conducted by an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Until our search for a consulting minister is complete, we suggest that you contact any of these nearby congregations to see if a UU minister is available:

For those who are comfortable with a minister of another denomination but of the UU spirit, please use the information at the Contact Us tab above. We will put you in touch with Rev. Ron Skowronski, who is “minister on call” for emergencies during this time of transition.

Though a UU minister may set different fees, the recommended honorarium for a wedding or commitment ceremony, set by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, is $400 for the ceremony, plus $50 for a rehearsal, plus mileage. Rev. Ron sets his own fees.

If the ceremony is to be held at the Grange Hall at any time other that the Sunday hours included in the UUCNC lease, an additional rental fee may be required.

What other ceremonies do Unitarian Universalists celebrate?

Unitarian Universalists celebrate rites of passage at life’s great milestones:

A child dedication service welcomes an infant or young child into the religious community. Though arrangements may be made for a private, family ceremony, a child dedication is usually included in a regular worship service each spring.

A memorial service (rather than a funeral) is often held to celebrate the life of a loved one who has died. Such services are as unique as the individuals they celebrate. Often the family of the deceased teams up with the minister to select the music and readings and to compose the service to reflect the individual’s life and personality. The memorial service usually lasts about an hour and is sometimes followed by a reception.

During our ministerial search, Rev. Ron Skowronski is on call for the emergency needs of our members and pledging friends. These services may include memorial services or funerals or emergency pastoral care, at a mutually agreeable time and place, at no charge.

For others (non-members and non-pledging friends) within our congregation or from outside our congregation, or for non-emergency services to members or pledging friends, an ordained UU minister might be located by contacting one of the congregations listed above.

For those who are comfortable with a minister of another denomination but of the UU spirit, please use the information at the Contact Us tab above. We will put you in touch with Rev. Ron Skowronski.

Fees for memorial services or funerals for non-members and non-pledging friends (and for non-emergency services for members and pledging friends) are set by Rev. Ron or by the UU minister providing the service. The recommended honorarium, set by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, is $250 for the ceremony, plus mileage, and an additional $50 for committal/graveside service.

If the ceremony is to be held at the Grange Hall at any time other that the Sunday hours included in the UUCNC lease, an additional rental fee may be required.

If you would like more information on planning a specific ceremony, please see the Contact Us tab for several ways to contact UUCNC.