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 Becoming a member means that you have chosen University Unitarian Church as your spiritual home; a place to grow and nurture yourself and others, walking your path alongside others doing the same.

 Anne and AnnieWhy become a member?

It is an emotional commitment to be in community, one that shares your values in a world where this is hard to find.  As we say in our mission statement, “UUC is a community that covenants to awaken spirit, nurture hope and inspire action.”  

  • The covenant is a promise we make to each other. As a member you have a right to receive care from the community and an obligation to provide care for others.
  • You can have a voice in shaping the community and the work that we do in the world. Members may vote and participate in the democratic process to steer the priorities of the church.
  • You can take pride in being connected  in a more formal way to the rich history of our faith, the knowledge that your support of this community will allow it to continue for future generations, and in what the community stands for and does in the world!

Members are eligible to hold leadership positions in committees/programs such as the Board of Trustees, Covenant Groups, and the Leadership Development Committee.

  • Members may have rites of passage at the church officiated by one of our ministers, such as weddings and funerals.
  • When you become a member you will begin receiving the UU World magazine and are eligible to serve as a delegate to the UU General Assembly.

tim (500x375)What is the path to membership?

Joining a spiritual community is an important and personal decision. Each person approaches this in her or his own way and own time. We honor this and encourage you to do what is right for you. Think of it as a journey along a path.  Many people have asked for a suggested route so we have sketched it out below. The only two steadfast requirements for membership, according to our bylaws, are the signing of the membership book and a yearly financial pledge. By making and fulfilling a financial pledge of whatever size is right for you, you are not only showing a commitment to sustaining this community, but also participating in the planning process for the budget. 

  • If you are new to UUC, we encourage you to worship with us a few times and maybe listen to sermons on the website. We also encourage you to check out some of the other Unitarian Universalist churches in the Seattle area since we all have our own unique personalities.
  • Please fill out a Get Connected card and indicate that you would like information on joining UUC. This allows us to get your contact information into the database so that we can let you know when Membership Exploration Classes are scheduled as well as other events and information for prospective members.
  • Attend the Membership Exploration Classes. This is a series of four classes that offer information on Unitarian Universalism and University Unitarian Church, along with opportunities for personal reflection and interaction with other prospective members. The next  series of classes will be on four consecutive Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am on February 5, 12, 19, 26. You may register online or by calling the church office during the week at 206-525-8400. There is no charge for the class, but please do register so that we know how many people will be attending.
  • We recommend that you attend at least one social gathering and volunteer in some way within the UUC community so that you can experience the community on a deeper level.
  • We will be holding our next New Member Service on January 29th, 2017, during both services. After the second service, we will hold a New Member Celebration as an opportunity for our newest members to get to know each other and some of the church staff and lay leaders. New member welcoming services are when people who have decided to join UUC are invited to come and sign the membership book, submit their financial pledges, membership information forms and be honored by the congregation at a worship service. If you are interested in joining and/or have questions to discuss, please contact Sharla Wipplinger, Acting Connections Coordinator.

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