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- Our marriage ceremony recognizes, among other things, that the actions most likely to be successful are those taken in accord with a well-chosen, long-term commitment and that a good marriage can give rise to and sustain the deepest and most profound personal relationship that is generally available to people in our society. It asserts that the bride and groom are dedicating themselves to an idea, and they are creating it anew for themselves, and that through marriage they believe their development, both as individuals and as husband and wife, will be strengthened. In addition to the minister asking the bride and groom to vow that each will have the other to be his or her wedded spouse, to share life, and tenderly care for each other in all the varying circumstances of their lives, the minister also asks the couple to affirm that they will treat with respect any children they have or plan to have, to share in their loving care and moral upbringing, and to work together toward the children becoming reasoning, productive, and happy adults.
- Our funeral or memorial service is held to commemorate the life of the deceased, to express love and affection for him or her and to bring some consolation and comfort to the deceased's family and friends. It recognizes that death is final, the end of a life and that that reality cannot be altered, but that the gathering and commemoration may be helpful in overcoming any sense of unreality about the death and bring out the finality of the parting, the fact that past relationships have been severed and that a new relationship of memory alone must be established.
- A Thanksgiving celebration in our Order of Service recognizes one idea or thing, great or small, which continues to enrich our lives in the present.
- Other life-cycle change events, particularly childhood life-cycle changes--birth, beginning formal education, entering adolescence, and entering adulthood may also be celebrated in the Church of Reason.