Sussex Interfaith Ministers Group

Interfaith ceremonies...the difference

A ceremony offered by an Interfaith Minister provides an opportunity to recognise the mystery and beauty of our lives. Designed to help us identify important moments of transition, the more unusual ceremonies invite us to step out of the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

Each ceremony is essentially a rite of passage, which can enrich our lives by enabling us to celebrate milestones in our life journey. Celebrations vary from the familiar highlights in life to the overlooked yet special moments of transformation.

Holding or participating in such an occasion does not require reference to any particular religious tradition - it can include aspects of any faith that may resonate with you. The focus of the ceremony is on the innate spirituality of each individual.

Ceremonies can be crafted to mark any momentous event that you or your family wish to celebrate. These might include any life moment from this list below...or something of your own creation...to be shared with others or for you alone.

  • Naming and blessings
  • Childhood to adolescence/puberty
  • Coming of age
  • Leaving parental home
  • Marriage
  • Becoming a parent or grandparent
  • Marking a death
  • Funerals & memorials
  • Adulthood to eldership/cronehood
  • Change of career
  • Divorce/separation
  • Change of name
  • Special birthday or anniversary
  • Retirement
  • Tree planting and blessing
  • House blessing
  • Honouring an unborn child
  • Taking/renewing marriage vows
  • Death of an animal friend