Membership Information

What Does Membership Mean at First Unitarian?

The Four Commitments of Membership In a Unitarian Universalist Church

1

Commitment To Community

Attending at least one Sunday service per month keeps us in touch with one another, and grounds our common religious identity. Commitment to a deep respect for the diversity among us, and to the principles of Love and Justice enriches our communal and individual lives.

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Commitment To Community

Attending at least one Sunday service per month keeps us in touch with one another, and grounds our common religious identity. Commitment to a deep respect for the diversity among us, and to the principles of Love and Justice enriches our communal and individual lives.

2

Commitment To Your Own Spiritual Growth

We are dedicated to the proposition that there is a Unity that makes us One, and we believe in Salvation in THIS Life. We believe that this essential spiritual truth, and this ever-present possibility can be authentically explored or understood through any number of spiritual practices or disciplines, and we seek to provide assistance, companionship, and instruction on your journey. We provide religious education classes, CORE Circles, various groups, and always encourage personal reading, study, or practice. Our minister is always available for questions or guidance.

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Commitment To Your Own Spiritual Growth

We are dedicated to the proposition that there is a Unity that makes us One, and we believe in Salvation in THIS Life. We believe that this essential spiritual truth, and this ever-present possibility can be authentically explored or understood through any number of spiritual practices or disciplines, and we seek to provide assistance, companionship, and instruction on your journey. We provide religious education classes, CORE Circles, various groups, and always encourage personal reading, study, or practice. Our minister is always available for questions or guidance.

3

Commitment To Serve

Virtually everything that happens at church happens because of our many members, friends, and volunteers. In addition to our committees, we have a wide range of short-term, medium length, and ongoing opportunities to contribute to our common ministry both within and without the congregation. Your commitment to assist the overall work and ministry of the church will keep you deeply connected, and is an essential part of being in community, and your own spiritual growth.

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Commitment To Serve

Virtually everything that happens at church happens because of our many members, friends, and volunteers. In addition to our committees, we have a wide range of short-term, medium length, and ongoing opportunities to contribute to our common ministry both within and without the congregation. Your commitment to assist the overall work and ministry of the church will keep you deeply connected, and is an essential part of being in community, and your own spiritual growth.

4

Commitment To Fair Pledging

Members are asked to make an annual pledge to support the church’s operating budget. Our congregation has a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and a wide range of economic ability, yet our suggested guideline for giving is 5% of annual net income with child care, tuition, medical and other necessary and sustaining expenses subtracted.

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Commitment To Fair Pledging

Members are asked to make an annual pledge to support the church’s operating budget. Our congregation has a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and a wide range of economic ability, yet our suggested guideline for giving is 5% of annual net income with child care, tuition, medical and other necessary and sustaining expenses subtracted.

On Deciding to Become A Member 

Rev. Mike Morran On Membership

Covenantal Tradition​

How To Join 

Whether you have been a Unitarian Universalist for many years or this is your first church, we encourage people to attend our newcomer class, Finding Yourself at First Unitarian, before becoming a member. We also encourage people to participate (both before joining and after!) in the life of our congregation outside of Sunday morning. It can be very challenging to meet people if you attend worship alone. For many of us, to feel like a member means having relationships and commitments in a community. Come hang out and bring your unique gifts to the community! We look forward to knowing you better.

Membership in 4 Easy Steps

  • Drop by the office or email Glenn Barrows to receive the necessary paperwork.
  • Fill out an interest inventory and a pledge form in advance of signing the  Membership book.
  •  Attend one of our​ book signing ceremonies.
  • Sign the book, hand in paperwork, and you are welcomed​ into our community.

​Long Term Sustainability Committee

We plan to provide education and resources for members and Friends of First Unitarian to include our church in their financial and estate planning. If you are a financial planner, financial advisor, or estate attorney, we are requesting your help to put this program together for our church members. Contact Peggy Streit or Andrea Mitchell.

Ministerial Search Committee - Inactive

Music Committee - Contact Carol Lassen.

​Personnel Committee- Inactive

What Next?

By the time people sign the membership book, some folks are already pretty integrated into the life and work of FUSD and many folks are still very new and discovering where they want to give of their time and talents. We encourage new members to find places where they would like to go deeper within the community. If you would like some guidance in knowing how to plug in at FUSD, we are happy to help.

Connect With Us

​Be Celebrated​

New Members Welcome Ceremony -- Let us celebrate your new membership! Our New Member ceremony happens during service three times a year. New members are invited to the front of the sanctuary, welcomed by the rest of the congregation, and everyone enjoys cake afterwards in the community room!

New Member Welcome Dinner -- This dinner happens twice a year and is a lovely evening in which new members, existing members, and the staff share a meal and get to know each other.

Welcome, New Members!

We Can't Wait to Meet You

PLEASE NOTE: All in-person gatherings have been suspended. 

Sunday Services are being held online on Zoom at 10:00 am.

The meeting ID is 466-677-668 and the password is 454623.

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