Sundays & Celebrations
WES provides dignified ceremonies for life's passages
Weddings, Namings, Comings of Age, Memorials
Transitioning from one phase of our lives into another is cause for celebration and sometimes guidance. Whether it be from youth into adulthood, from an individual into a couple or the reverse, or from a pair into a multi-member family, the Ethical Society is here to support you. Please fill in our Officiant Request Form if you're interested in having your wedding performed by an Ethical Culture Officiant!
Your Wedding - Our Officiants
A couple celebrates their choice to become partners for life by gathering their families and friends to witness their public expression of love and commitment. An Ethical Society lay leader, who is legally authorized to officiate at weddings, assists each couple to design their ceremony. With music, readings, rituals, and vows, a couple uniquely expresses their personal sense of love and marriage. The celebration itself provides a joining of two families and expresses their spiritual aspirations for the marriage. Officiants acknowledge people who are important to them and ask their guests to be active participants in their lives. WES Officiants welcome and celebrate couples of all kinds, and extend a special welcome to the LGBTQ community. You can get to know our Officiants here!
"Those whom we love are not given to us merely for our joy and happiness. Their truest ministry consists in being to us the revealers of the divine. They quicken in us the seed of better thoughts; they help us estimate rightly the things that are worth trying for; they help us become more equal to the standard of our own best insight and grow into our truer selves." - Felix Adler
Naming Your Child
A family's participation in the WES community creates a circle of people who become a child's world and culture. How family, friends, and this community relate to each other will determine what conclusions a child draws about how the world works. The annual Naming Ceremony is an opportunity for parents to renew their vows to one another, commit themselves to their child, and ask their community to love their child, respecting his or her uniqueness, and eliciting the best from him or her.
Coming of Age
WES's renowned coming of age program, COA-MATT, culminates in a celebration that involves the entire WES community, as well as the young adults who have passed through the program and their parents.
Honoring those who have touched our lives deeply or those for whom we have great gratitude is a core expression for Ethical Culture. During times of tragedy, members express their caring with practical assistance and encouragement. Our clergy Leader is available to members for personal counseling by appointment: Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader.