Are You Thinking About Becoming a Member of this Congregation?
Try us out. Come to several Sunday services and stay after the service; attend a smaller group virtual event; have a phone or Zoom conversation with our minister. Get to know someone!
Come to a Newcomer Orientation. These are held several times per year. Email email@example.com. 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.
What We Encourage 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 Faith Development 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 your 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 “home.” This service also includes 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:
- Voting in congregational meetings.
- Serving in church leadership positions (on the Board, Finance, Committee on Ministry, & Personnel Committees).
- Chairing a church committee.
- Representing our church at General Assembly.
- Having weddings, child dedications and memorial services without building use fees.
Connect with newer UUs, long-time members, and those just getting to know UUCL to listen, talk and share. Over the course of three 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. For more information, contact Lenore.
We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes.
We are people of all ages, many backgrounds, and many beliefs. Learn more about UUism.
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