Further Questions About Membership?

Please contact Erin Justice, our Community Relations Director, at 216 751 2320, x27, or look for her during Coffee Hour some Sunday.  Also, if you wish, please feel free to contact the Parish Minister to arrange an appointment. 

Membership and Pledging

While our primary financial support comes through membership pledges and payments of support, membership itself is not contingent on one's financial ability to make a pledge.  Questions or concerns may be addressed to the Parish Minister via confidential email or voice mail.

The Path To Membership

Your first visit to First Unitarian Church could be part of a quest you may have been on for a while, or one you have just begun.  Either way, you are most welcome among us!  If you would like to know more about us, simply complete one of the visitor's cards you will find in the pew or on the literature tables.  We will send you a packet of information and add your name to our guest list for the next six months.  As such, you will receive our newsletter and other mailings/emails on a complimentary basis.  You are warmly invited to participate in many of the activities, classes, or programs that we offer.

Introductions

 
The first Sunday of each month we offer a Newcomer Coffee Chat in the Library following the service.  There is also often a Tour, led by one of our members, that begins following the service and ends at the Library if you wish to attend the Coffee Chat.

UU and You - a Tapestry of Faith for Adults Workshop

We offer these sessions periodically throughout the year.  They provide an introduction for newcomers to Unitarian Universalism and our Congregation; equip participants to make a decision about membership in our congregation; provide information related to Unitarian Universalist worship, theology, history, social justice work, religious education, and governance; provide resources within and outside the congregation for participants to explore topics independently; and facilitate integration into the congregation by introducing participants to a cross-section of current members.  Sessions are led by the Rev. Daniel Budd and church members.  To find out when the next one is, please contact the Church Office. 

Membership Book Signings

If you have attended an UU and You Session, have met privately with the Parish Minister, or have previous experience in another UU congregation, we invite you to "sign the book" and become a member of First Unitarian.  Book signings are held at the conclusion of each UU and You session, but may also be scheduled with the Minister at any time throughout the year.

By signing the membership book, one enters into our Bond of Union:

By affixing our names in the membership book, and thereby joining the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, we covenant to share our concern for one another, for our world, and our belief that through common effort we may better shape the meaning of our lives.   We join our strengths and talents together, as an affirmation of our willingness to care for and support a religious community whose members are devoted to the search for what is true, creative and just. We seek to understand and to fulfill our potential to lead lives of integrity and service, and willingly join this community's efforts to search for, create and celebrate all that is holy and humane in Life.

Basing our covenant upon this expressed purpose, we invite to our membership all who are seriously drawn to us in our spirit and aims, and who desire to have with us their church home.

New Member Welcome

As soon as you "sign the book," we will take your picture and post it on our Membership Bulletin Board (with your permission, of course).  Then, twice a year, new members are officially welcomed by the congregation during a brief ceremony during the Sunday service.

Becoming a Unitarian Universalist...

...is an ongoing process, as you will find.  As UU minister, the Rev. Jack Mendelsohn, once said, "Our religious way of life is not so much an arriving as a becoming - an ongoing process of thought and life experience."  Along that way, we have found the following five items to be the foundations of meaningful UU membership:

  • Show up: attend regularly on Sunday mornings;
  • Search: at least once a year, participate in an educational program that deepens your faith;
  • Serve: be involved in at least one outreach program per year;
  • Support the congregation financially at a stewardship level;
  • Speak to others about our congregation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the journey with us!

 

 

This is a test blog July 16, 2015