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Eco-Friendly Funerals and Religious Beliefs

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Although you won’t find the phrase “ashes to ashes” in the Bible itself, you will find many scriptures talking about how our bodies begin and end as dust. Where did that phrase come from? It’s actually from the “Book of … Continue reading

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How to Give a Eulogy

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Very often, a ULC minister will have to give a eulogy at a funeral, but you don’t have to be a minister to give the eulogy. The family might ask you to say a few words about the deceased, especially … Continue reading

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Interfaith Baptism Ideas for Children

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In the Christian faith, many infants are baptized or christened after birth as a way of demonstrating that the child will be raised in the faith. During the ceremony, godparents are usually named for the child. Today’s godparents have no … Continue reading

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Planning a Baptism Ceremony for an Adult

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As a ULC minister, you might be asked to perform a baptism. If you’ve never performed this ritual, you might be apprehensive about undertaking it. Here is a quick primer for planning the ceremony. More in-depth resources are available throughout … Continue reading

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Why Do Christians Get Baptized?

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Baptism is first mentioned in the New Testament in reference to John the Baptist. Matthew recounts: “People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized … Continue reading

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Confusing New Cremation Guidelines From Catholic Church

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Recently, the Vatican issued guidelines about cremation and scattering ashes. If you only saw the following headlines, you might be confused: • Vatican Issues New Cremation Guidelines for ‘Faithfully Departed’ • Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation … Continue reading

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Dealing With Grief at the Holidays

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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” —Washington Irving … Continue reading

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Creating a Positive Legacy for Your Family

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Although it’s not a national holiday, August is often referred to as “What will be your legacy month.” Each person will leave a legacy to his or her family, whether he or she plans to or not. Most people think … Continue reading

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