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Become a Member

If you have visited our church and feel it's right for you, we invite you to become a member. Membership is open to any person 14 years of age or older who is in general sympathy with the spirit and purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association, who attends a church sponsored informational session, and who then signs the membership book.

Paths to Membership

Becoming a member of the church is not complicated. If or when you feel the time is right for you, we invite you to:
  • Attend an orientation meeting: Once a month we gather with those who are exploring membership for a one hour orientation that includes: Who We Are, What is Available for You at the Church, Requirements/Expectations of Members. Attending an orientation in no way obligates you to join the church. Watch for announcements during the service and in our newsletter, The Builder.
  • Participate in the "Exploring our UU Roots" class. This adult religious education course is generally offered twice per year. It includes historical background, the basics of the UU faith, and how our church operates.
You may also want to:
  • Attend one of our brief Get Acquainted Tours: Each tour provides a brief history of who we are and a visit around the church. This tour is offered each Sunday after our regular church services (September through May).
  • Talk to the minister: This is a good opportunity to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

Celebrating New Members

Twice per year, we designate one of our worship services as New Member Sunday. All those who have signed the membership book since the last New Member Sunday are invited to come forward and be recognized, if they wish. This lets us welcome and celebrate our newest members.

Voting Members

An important privilege of membership is the right to vote in congregational meetings.

To be eligible to vote, a person must have been a member for at least 28 days. He or she must also have made a recorded financial contribution—in any amount—in the current or previous calendar year. The financial requirement may be waived in cases of hardship.

Voting members are eligible to sit on the Board of Trustees and to hold certain other leadership positions. Details are spelled out in our bylaws.

Download the bylaws (PDF format)

Friends Status

Those who do not choose to sign the membership book, but regularly participate in church services and activities and make a financial contribution, are referred to as friends of the church. Friends are welcome to participate in almost all church activities. However, since only members can vote and hold office, friends cannot fully participate in our democratic process.