Joining a spiritual community is an important decision, one that calls for personal discernment and commitment. When you decide to join this congregation, it will be a big moment for you, your family, and for us. We welcome you.
When you sign the membership book of UUCLV, you covenant to participate in and contribute to the life and mission of the congregation. The primary benefit of membership is to be part of an open, diverse, and inclusive community of religious seekers that support each person’s spiritual journey and who practice living in kind, compassionate, and healthy relationships with each other. As members, you will be cared for by the congregation, pastoral care associates, minister, and staff. And you will be asked to care for others.
Members may have their babies and older children dedicated to the congregation in a life affirming ceremony. Members are not charged fees for weddings, memorial services, and other life stage rituals. Every member receives a copy of the quarterly publication, UU World. Members are counted by the denomination in its annual survey.
As signed members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation you hold the shared responsibility to care for and celebrate with other members of the congregation, participate in the business of the congregation, vote at annual and special congregational meetings, pledge generously, chair committees, hold elected leadership positions, and represent the congregation at regional and national events.
As a congregation we have a responsibility to see that everyone who comes here is made welcome and finds a place in our midst to make friends and continue their spiritual journey. In order to do this we encourage you to become involved in the congregation in ways that are meaningful for you.
Many members of the congregation have found that a deep commitment to the congregation yields new and lasting friendships, a sense of belonging, and spiritual growth. Commitment to the congregation has three parts: receiving, sharing, and offering.
We ask that you,
1. Find a small group here that feeds your soul;
2. Join in the work of a committee of your choosing;
3. Support the church, as you are able, with financial gifts.
When you are ready to commit to the congregation and wish to see it last into the future, contact the minister to set up an appointment to discuss membership.
NOTE: Becoming a member is not required, though it is encouraged. Some folks remain “friends of the congregation” for years, becoming just as involved as members. The more actual members we have, the more influence we can have as a liberal religious body in our own community and in the world.
What does Membership mean?
Membership in our Congregation means that you have signed the Membership Book, on ongoing record of all of the members since our inception. Signing the book is a symbolic gesture that you are committing to aspire to live by our Seven Principles. We also ask you to commit to the Covenant of Right Relations and to pledge. Pledging is a commitment to give your time, energy and/or money to the best of your ability.
Path to Community Class
Upcoming classes for those wishing to learn more about
Unitarian Universalism and UUCLV will be announced shortly.
This class will provide an introduction to
Unitarian Universalism, history, theology,
and church governance;
an overview of UUCLV structure, leadership, and staffing;
how to find your path to community within UUCLV;
and the rights and responsibilities
of congregational membership.
Though there is no obligation as a result of attending this class, it is required for membership. If you desire to become a member soon after attending, or at a later date, you will have fulfilled this important requirement. Everyone is welcome, new to UUCLV or not. Lunch will be served. Childcare is available. Please RSVP by signing up in the foyer, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Curious About the Unitarian Universalist Experience?
Path to Membership
Attend our Path to Community class to learn about the congregation,
Complete the Membership Form and submit to Welcoming Committee or Office Administrator,
Meet with the minister to get to know each other better and to share your hopes and expectations,
Make a financial pledge. We ask that friends and members consider working toward a goal of 3 to 5 percent of income. Please know you are welcome whatever you can give.
Sign the membership book in the presence of the minister or another church officer.