Our Lay Chaplains invite people of all cultures, faiths and genders to create a service that reflects who they are as individuals, and the unique partnership they are creating.

Your values, ideals and expectations are the core of the ceremony that our Lay Chaplains will create with you. They are happy to perform ceremonies at your chosen location. Our Lay Chaplains can be contacted by telephone at 705-741-0968, or by e-mail.

Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies

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Let us help you create your unique ceremony

Our Lay Chaplains encourage you to participate in planning the details of your ceremony by helping you choose elements such as readings, music, meditations and prayers. They believe that this will result in a ceremony that reflects the personal values and spirituality you share.

Our Lay Chaplains are licensed by the Province of Ontario through the Canadian Unitarian Council.

Funerals, Memorials, Celebrations of Life

At the time of a death, you may find yourself without a Minister or Officiant to guide you. Our Lay Chaplains are available to meet with you to plan and conduct a meaningful funeral or memorial service.


Child Dedication or Naming Ceremonies

Celebrate life and share your joy at the arrival of a new child or recognize important moments in the lives of any of your children. Our Lay Chaplains can help you find the words and rituals to acknowledge this member of your family.

Other Customized Ceremonies

If there are events in your life that you want to celebrate or acknowledge with a special ceremony, our Lay Chaplains are here to assist you. Some possible occasions are:

  • Birthdays
  • Crone or Elder Rituals
  • House blessings
  • Name changes
  • New business
  • Pet memorials
  • Renewal of vows
  • Retirement
  • Separation or Divorce

Lay Chaplain

Stephanie Wildheart

Wedding Officiant, Memorial and Funeral Officiant, Child Dedication Officiant

Stephanie Wildheart (she/her) is a Trent U alumna and staff member with a degree in psychology, and a long time Peterborough resident. She found her spiritual home with the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough and has held many roles including President, Chair of several committees, and service leader. Stephanie is “over the moon honoured to support in this very meaningful position.”

Please feel free to reach out for more information about Rites of Passage ceremonies including transitions and celebrations of all kinds. Unitarian Universalists love questions: we are all on our own paths and journeys toward meaning. Good company only adds to the fuller adventure.