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Building Dedication
Building Dedication
Ritual

Responsive Reading of Dedication 2011 (based on readings from 1950 and 1964 dedications of this church adapted by Rev. Kanter).

To the upreach of the human spirit, symbolized by good people in every age
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To worship in prayer and songs, and to prophetic preaching of vision
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To counsels of the people, in meditations upon concerns of human welfare
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To the cultivation of knowledge and of art, of music and of all that glorifies the human spirit
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To the education of children, to the guidance of the lost or despairing, to the care of all souls, and to the ennoblement of human life
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To hospitality of all, without regard to sect, class, nation, race, gender, or the determinants of whom we love; and to communion one with another in mutual affection and respect
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To the Truth that we should know, to the Good that we should do, and to the Beauty that we should love
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To the loving memory of all who have gone before us in the 112 years of our church history, with deep gratitude to those in the past who have made this adventure of the spirit possible for us, and with high hopes for those who will walk in our spirit in the years that lie ahead
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

In the expectation of unknown days ahead, conceived by us in dream and vision, for our children and our children's children.
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

To the work of sacrifice which the living must do, in order that the past may not be dishonored, and that the future be not destroyed
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

As a heritage from the dead unto the living, as a gift from the living to those who shall follow us; and as a pledge of service and a sign of faith
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH

In Unison: Rejoicing as a free people, who are joined together in mutual fellowship, we do here covenant anew, to walk in ways of truth and love, according to our best endeavors. May God be with us and bless us and incline our hearts to live lives of meaning and purpose for the good of all.

About the Author

  • The Rev. Dr. Daniel Chesney Kanter is senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas. Previously he served at King’s Chapel in Boston and as a chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital.

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