To contact a Lay Chaplain, the quickest approach is to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our Chaplain Coordinator. You may leave a voicemail message at 416 924-9654 x 301; it will be returned within 24 hours.

First Unitarian’s team of experienced lay chaplains performs weddings, memorial services, child dedications and other rites of passage for people who are not members of our congregation. Over thirty years ago our congregation was one of the first faith communities in Toronto to conduct same-sex unions and we are now delighted to be able to offer legal weddings for all couples.

Lay Chaplains are members of our Congregation who have been selected carefully for this important role. They are specially trained to provide these ceremonies and are provincially licensed wedding officiants. Their training is overseen by the Canadian Unitarian Council through the Ministry and Lay Chaplaincy Committee. As well, Unitarian Lay Chaplains across Canada form an organization which provides workshops for professional development.

They are here to help you create the ceremony you desire. Our personalized approach is our hallmark, specializing in both opposite and same sex weddings of varied religious and cultural components.

Weddings

The basic fee for weddings is $350 which includes meeting personally with the couple, helping with the selection of the components of the ceremony, drafting a ceremony that is unique to each couple, officiating and taking care of the legal documents. There are additional costs for a rehearsal and for travel outside the city.

Memorial Services, Funerals and Grave-side Services

The basic fee for a memorial service or funeral is $350 which includes meeting personally with the family or friends of the deceased, helping with the selection of the components of the ceremony, drafting a ceremony that reflects the deceased and celebrates his or her life, and conducting the service. There are additional costs for travel outside the city.

Child Namings and Dedications

The basic fee for a child naming or dedication ceremony is $275 which includes meeting personally with the family, helping with the selection of the components of the ceremony, drafting a ceremony that reflects the values and wishes of the family and performing the ceremony. There are additional costs for travel outside the city.

Other Services

Fees available on request.

More information about the Lay Chaplaincy program is available from the Canadian Unitarian Council.

Our Lay Chaplains are Jan Crowley, Karen Dunk-Green and Sue Meggs.


Jan Crowley

I look forward to working with you to design a wedding, memorial or child dedication service that reflects your unique spiritual expression, by incorporating elements that speak to you deeply and reflect the feelings you most wish to convey to your loved ones and guests in a rite of passage that is your own.

With a background in theatre and college teaching, an upbringing in a more traditional church, and a joyful embrace in adulthood of open, tolerant and inquiring Unitarian principles, I am here to serve you.

Karen Dunk-Green

Life is made full by its combination of blessings and losses. We can enrich these experiences by gathering our personal communities to mark them, celebrate them, and support each other. I will be honoured to listen to your story. Together we'll craft meaningful words and a ceremony that reflect you, your beliefs and your vision for any occasion. I am a long-time Unitarian and an experienced facilitator, writer, speaker and performer. I am here to be helpful to you.

Sue Meggs

I’m a longtime Unitarian and student of religious studies who greatly values the opportunity that celebrating rites of joy and sorrow give us to connect to our deepest selves, and to each other. Together we’ll create a ceremony honouring the traditions, values and beliefs that have the greatest meaning for you. Drawing on my eclectic background in the arts and education, I strive to bring a creative and compassionate attitude to my work that recognizes the unique lives we all live. It is my privilege to take this journey with you!