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How do I Join the Church?

The decision to join a religious community is not one to be taken lightly. One's spiritual path is personal, yet many feel their lives are more exciting, challenging or rewarding if they are part of a community of like-minded people.

You will find there is no pressure to join the church, though there is a process involved. When you feel you know us well enough to proceed, pick up a Membership Packet from the membership greeter. Fill out the information. It's a great way to guide your thinking about church membership and commitment. Return it to a member of the Membership Team and we will order you a permanent name tag. Then sign up for our Newcomer Orientation Class. There may be three sessions or it could be condensed into a Saturday morning. The class is scheduled several times a year to meet the busy schedules of prospective members. You will learn about Unitarian Universalism in general and our church in particular. You must complete this class prior to signing the membership book. At the end of the course you and your classmates will meet with the minister as a group (individual meetings also can be scheduled) to begin to get to know each other.

You will then have one-to-one meetings with representatives of the membership and stewardship committees to clarify your and the church's expectations.

Membership is established by your signature in our Membership Book, usually on a "Membership Sunday." Most people go directly from the Newcomer Orientation Class to signing the book, although a few choose to stay a "Friend" for an additional period of time. While we certainly hope you will join us, again there is no pressure on you to do so.

 

The Newcomer Orientation Class

The three segments of the Newcomer Orientation Class are usually presented on a single day. The class is open to anyone who'd like to know more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. It is especially recommended for those considering membership in Community UU Church. If you would like to participate, contact membcom@communityuuchurch.org.

In the first segment, attendees, along with a few current members, discuss their personal beliefs and spiritual backgrounds. The Rev. Patrick Price is on hand, and questions are welcome. The next section focuses on the evolution of Unitarianism, Universalism and the combined denomination. During the third section, long-time members and church leaders discuss the variety of programs and activities available at Community UU Church. Throughout the class, participants also explore the Seven Principles of UU conduct and their application in daily life.

There is no cost, and child care is available. Please link to Events or Newcomer Orientation Class for the next scheduled class.