Membership

Are You Thinking About Becoming a Member of this Congregation?

Take the First Steps


Try us out. Come to several Sunday services (currently being held on Zoom due to the pandemic) and stay after the service for virtual coffee hour on Zoom; attend a smaller group virtual event; have a phone or Zoom conversation with our minister. Get to know someone!

Make contact. Come to a weekly UU Coffee & Check-in Zoom meeting with some folks from our Membership and Greeters team to make new friends, say hello in a small group format, learn more about the church, ask questions, and talk about how your week is going.  Open to newcomers and long-time congregants and everyone in between.

Come to a Newcomer Orientation. These are held several times per year, currently, they are happening virtually because of the pandemic. Email membership@uuclonline.org. to let us know you would like to attend.

Get involved.  Our activities are open to everyone.  You can come to an Adult Faith Development class, volunteer to help the church or the community, or participate in one of our many discussion groups.

Join us, become a member!  At a certain point in their relationship with the congregation, many people feel the desire to increase the expression of their commitment. They find that they have moved from thinking that “this is the congregation I go to,” to feeling that it is “this is my congregation.” This is the time to formalize your membership.

Need More Information on Membership? Contact Susan Lithgoe, Membership Committee Chair

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Starting Point


Connect with newer UUs, long-time members, and those just getting to know UUCL to listen, talk and share. Over the course of two sessions online, you will explore your own and others’ spiritual stories and delve deeper into Unitarian Universalism, guided by Rev. Israel, Lenore and our Membership team. A program of Soul Matters and Membership. For more information, contact Lenore.

Join Us


Become a Member!

What We Expect of our Members

Regular Attendance at Weekly Worship in the Sanctuary.  Regular Sunday attendance will help you feel connected to the spiritual heart of our community. Your attendance is important to the gathered community – we all are essential.

Regular Participation by Children and Youth in our Sunday Religious Education Program. It is as important for our children and youth to gather together regularly as it is for our adults. Together we are building a community, and that takes showing up.

Working on your own Spiritual Development. Growth is one of the signs that being part of the community is working.

Pledging at a Stewardship Level. We ask members to contribute at least 2.5% of their income to the congregation. We recognize that not everyone will be able to do this – and that some will be able to do far more. Feel free to talk to a minister if you’re financial situation precludes giving financial support.

Serving the Congregation. What does it mean to commit to a community and, then, not support it? Our church needs financial resources, and it needs you to offer your time and your talents. There are many ways – large and small – for you to give of yourself to this religious “home.” [This service might also include attendance at the annual congregational meeting in the Spring at which we do the work of the congregation.]

Serving the Congregation. What does it mean to commit to a community and, then, not support it? Our church needs financial resources, and it needs you to offer your time and your talents. There are many ways – large and small – for you to give of yourself to this religious “home.” [This service might also include attendance at the annual congregational meeting in the Spring at which we do the work of the congregation.]

Serving Others.  Unitarian Universalists are committed not only to making their own congregational communities strong, but also working to build a wider Beloved Community in the world. It is not just our institution that is involved in the work of justice; we expect our members to find ways to engage as well.

Deepening your Unitarian Universalist Identity. There are local, regional, and national events that bring together people from the more than 1,000 Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country. This is not the only manifestation of our larger Association.

Privileges of Membership

Everyone is welcome to participate in church life, but a few things are only available to church members:

Resignation

If you want to resign your membership at this church, you can do so by letting a minister, staff member, or membership committee member know. You do not have to submit a formal letter of resignation. When you resign, you may no longer vote in congregational meetings, chair committees, or hold an elected office. If you want to rejoin, just let us know and you can become an active member again. You will have to wait 30 days after re-activating your membership before you may vote in a congregational meeting.