Benefits of Membership

• Being part of a community. When you become a member of First UU, you become part of a growing, living institution that supports, nurtures and challenges its members to become the best they can be – and more.

• Opportunities for growth. First UU offers many social, educational and spiritual opportunities for you to deepen and grow. You can expect to be challenged in your theological and a-theological assumptions, urged to deepen your spirituality and supported in your search for community and a meaningful faith.

• Pastoral Support. Support by the minister and lay pastoral care teams, including counseling, home visits, meals, and rides.

• Rites of passage. Marriage and memorial services at no cost which includes use of the Sanctuary, as well as, Minister and music services.

• Ritual of Child Dedication. The special ceremony of welcome for babies and young children offered during a worship service at least once a year.

• Religious Education for Children and Youth. From nursery to high school, our religious education programs challenge and support our young people as they develop their own spiritual and religious search.

• Adult Education. Many ongoing and shorter-term classes offer a diverse menu for you to connect and make friends with others on the way.

• A Welcoming Congregation. First UU is a Welcoming Congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons.

• Help shape our congregation. Unitarian Universalists practice congregational polity, a system of church governance in which every local church congregation governs independently. As a member, you are able to actively participate in church leadership and vote on important issues regarding the church.

Expectations of Members

• Participate in the Life of the Church. Attend services regularly and participate in congregational meetings.

• Deepen Your Values and Spiritual Development. Attend UU classes and small groups ministries or study on your own.

• Be a Welcoming Presence. Welcome newcomers to the church formally by staffing the greeters table, or informally by being a friendly, welcoming face at church and in our community.

• Serve the Church. Share your ideas, talents and interests, which could mean singing in the choir, participating in worship, teaching a class, working on the buildings or in the grounds, being active in social justice or organizing a social event.

• Pledge and Contribute Generously. While you do not have to be a member to support the church financially, without members’ support, there would be no First UU. Members make an annual pledge, a written financial commitment that reflects their personal situation as well as what the church means to them. Then, after the pledging, comes the payment – members are expected to pay their pledge in a timely manner so the church can meet its ongoing obligations as well.

For more information about membership at First UU, contact the church office or our Membership Committee.