Become a Member
Why become a member of the UU Church?
Formal membership is a public commitment that this community is important to you and your spiritual development. It means you acknowledge your willingness to help others in their lives and spiritual and intellectual growth, and acceptance of a diversity of lifestyles and beliefs without judgment.
How do I become a member?
Membership becomes formal upon signing the membership book. Most prospective members require some time before making that commitment, attending Sunday services for at least a few months and going through a new-member program called “Exploring Membership.”
Exploring Membership classes are offered 2-3 times a year and consist of 2 hours in each of three sessions. The first two sessions are offered a week apart, and the third several weeks later. Except for extenuating circumstances, which may be discussed with Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger, you must attend all three sessions in order to become a member.
The classes provide a chance to present your history and spiritual journey that brought you to the UU Church and to hear the stories of others in the class. You will also learn about Unitarian Universalism in general and the way that it is expressed in our particular congregation, as well as the rights, benefits, and responsibilities of membership.
What are the requirements of membership?
Membership comes with the expectation that you will participate regularly in worship services, join in on the congregation’s groups, classes and workshops, provide service to others through community and congregational service programs, and provide financial support within your ability through an annual stewardship pledge.
It does not imply belief in any particular religious doctrine. Members come from all faiths and beliefs and choose to form a community that offers acceptance of all, recognizing the worth and dignity of every person and respect for our community and natural environment.
Members are often on their own spiritual journey and are welcome to share their experiences and beliefs with others through a variety of opportunities, both formal and informal. By sharing personal understandings and knowledge, members have developed a community of acceptance and wisdom that helps all lead a more spiritual life.
UU churches are run by democratic process. As a member, you will have the opportunity to elect our leadership and vote on major issues that come before the congregation, including selection of our minister. The Church is largely funded through the stewardship pledges of its members.
How do I get started?
You are welcome to attend any Sunday Service to become familiar with our church and meet its members through our social hour just afterward. Ask for a name tag so we will have a chance to greet you by name and offer you some information that may help you decide if this is the right choice for you. Feel free to direct questions to other members or our greeters at the Membership table as you enter our parlor. If you just want to sit through a Sunday program to gain an impression first, that is also encouraged and welcomed.
To sign up for the next Exploring Membership Class contact Lorraine Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.