Baby WanKenobi will be six months old on Saturday, and we're finally giving her a Hebrew name. Help us make our backyard ceremony cool without getting too God-ish.
This Saturday, in celebration of six months of waking up to this face
, we're asking friends and family to gather on our back deck for a secular/humanist naming ceremony. We're culturally/ethnically Jewish, and plan on giving her a Hebrew name to honor her cultural heritage and traditions, but religiously we're agnostic humanists.
In attendance will be Baby Molly, Daddy, Momzors, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and two family friends we want to name as "guideparents." There will not be an officiant. We want to keep the whole thing fairly brief, but I need some ideas for readings and rituals we can incorporate. Some Hebrew or Jewish stuff is fine, but we would prefer to avoid outright prayer unless it's of a very humanist stripe. No G-d, please.
I attended a very small wedding celebration a few weeks ago where an unbroekn geode was passed around--each person held the geode and said a few nice words for the couple, then the rock was broken open. I liked the interactivity and sense of community the whole thing, but am at a loss for what sort of object we could use. I'd hoped we would be homeowners by the time Molly's six month anniversary of existence rolled around so we could plant a tree on the placenta that's been in our freezer for these many months, but alas! We rent, and I think a placenta in a pot would attract bears.