The Canadian Unitarian Council’s unique lay chaplaincy program was created in 1971. The program trains and supports carefully chosen lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations who create and perform rites of passage, including weddings, child dedications, and memorial services. Lay chaplains are pleased to provide this outreach service to people who want a religious or spiritual ceremony: both to the general public and to Unitarian Universalists in congregations without a minister.
The National CUC Lay Chaplaincy Committee oversees congregations in approving applicants for lay chaplaincy, coordinates training and support for lay chaplains and congregations, and provides consultation on lay chaplaincy matters.
Guides for congregations
- Process for selecting and affirming new lay chaplain candidate
- Approving, appointing and licensing new lay chaplains
- Maintaining your lay chaplaincy program
- Role of the congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy Committee
Read more about the resources available for congregations.
Guides for lay chaplains
- Familiarizing yourself with the Lay Chaplaincy Program
- Applying to be a lay chaplain
- Lay chaplains’ code of practice
- Training and support
- Maintaining your role as a lay chaplain
Read more about the resources available for lay chaplains.
A Lay Chaplain’s Reflection on Memorial Services – Laureen Stokes, Lay Chaplain at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver