Our Lay Chaplains
There are many ways to celebrate life from birth to death and everything in-between. Beth is experienced in helping individuals and families signify and celebrate such moments. From 2007 until 2011, Beth served as a Lay Chaplain for the North Shore Unitarian Church in West Vancouver; in 2019 she was delighted to return to this work for First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo. As a social scientist, Beth focuses on ensuring that the ceremonies, celebrations, and rites of passage reflect the people she serves in meaningful ways.
I am delighted to represent our First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo as a Lay Chaplain. We are a welcoming congregation which is proud to connect with people of all ages, sexual preferences, and abilities. I am a professional social worker, with a Masters in Social Work degree, and over 40 years experience as a therapist for individuals, couples, and families. I maintain my own private counselling practice in the seaside village of Chemainus.
Throughout my career, I have worked with people of all ages and abilities in a wide array of settings. What drew me to the Lay Chaplaincy role is my passion for helping people to experience meaningful events in their lives. I feel privileged to have the honour to help individuals put together a ritual that expresses their unique values and preferences to mark their event. I love making authentic contact with people and building fulfilling relationships. I am comfortable putting people at ease, so that together we can co create something wonderful, and beautifully memorable, to mark their special occasion. To me there is nothing more sacred than the authentic human encounter and the joy of honouring special relationships.
Please contact our lay chaplains at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Services Provided by Our Lay Chaplains
Take the concern and the uncertainty out of planning your wedding service.
Lay Chaplains are licensed to marry you by the Province of British Columbia, and will work with you to create a ceremony that fits your needs and dreams. They will provide you with many choices of elements for your ceremony, including spiritual elements. They encourage the participation of friends and family at various stages of the service, if that is your desire. They can also incorporate traditions and customs from various religions, faiths and cultures into your service, if that is your desire.
Our Lay Chaplains are very happy to perform weddings for any two people who wish to dedicate themselves to each other – this includes same-gender couples. Our goal is to co-create a ceremony that expresses your deepest intentions as individuals and as a couple.
Child or Baby Naming
Share the miracle of your child’s life in a meaningful ceremony.
The birth of a child is a gift of life, which is often expressed in the name your child will be given.
Our Lay Chaplains will work with you to create a service that speaks to the commitment of the significant people in your child’s life.
Memorials and Celebrations of Life
Honour your loved one in a service that is true to your beliefs.
Saying good-bye to a loved one is always a very stressful time.
Our Lay Chaplains offer compassionate support and experience in planning a memorial service or Celebration of Life that is meaningful for the participants.
Other Rites of Passage
Create ceremonies recognizing significant life passages.
Our Lay Chaplains are willing to work with individuals and families to create a memorable service for events such as reaffirming vows, dissolution of a relationship, coming of age, loss of a pet, graduation, new home blessings or retirement.
Please contact us if you have any inquiries about our services. We will respond quickly.