Choosing membership represents a deeply personal decision, one that signifies a connection with First Church Unitarian as a religious home, a willingness to fully participate in its community, and a readiness to reap the benefits of truly being part of such a community. It means a person has decided to join a community that is searching for truth, struggling for justice, and whose members live in loving relationship with one another.
When you no longer feel like a guest, and you feel like you are at home here, you may be ready to join our church family. If you have participated in our “FCU and You” program, and are ready to sign the Membership Book, let our Minister, a Deacon, or a member of the Member/Reach committee know. An alternate path to membership exists for those with prior Unitarian Universalist experience. If that describes you, please consult with our Minister who will decide if you are ready to join our congregation.
Steps to Membership
- Attend at least four (4) worship services.Every Unitarian Universalist congregation has its own distinct characteristics and personality. Attending several Sunday worship services will help you get to know us.
- Participate in the “FCU and You” Program (offered throughout the church year). At this gathering we will share personal journeys, view a video about Unitarian Universalism, and provide an overview of First Church Unitarian. It is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to become a member.
- Read and accept. To become a member, a person shall express an understanding and acceptance of the Church Covenant and our Covenant of Right Relations.
- Express your intent to join.This may be to the Minister, a Deacon, or a member of the Member/Reach committee.
- Sign the Membership Book.Persons ready for membership are invited to indicate so in writing. You may choose to sign the Membership Book. Generally, the Membership Book is signed in the presence of the Minister and/or a Deacon.
Benefits of Membership
Although many programs are open to nonmembers, membership affords preferential access to certain services. Only members can hold significant leadership positions and participate in congregational decision-making, such as the calling of new ministers and voting at warranted meetings. Members also have the satisfaction of helping to create a sustaining community for today and the future – one that brings transformation alive at the personal level and in the larger world.
Responsibilities of Membership
Becoming a member makes a serious commitment to support the church community. That support has two aspects. One is the church’s need for direct financial contributions from the membership on a continuing basis. The other is participation in church life. Church life is organized around a series of committees, composed of volunteer members that function in conjunction with the minister. Active participation by all church members is crucially important to a vital, growing church.
We are an accepting caring church community whose success depends upon the continuing, mutual support of all its members.