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.
Why 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 of membership 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.
- Members take on the mantle and legacy of stewardship for this church. You can take pride in being connected in an important way to the rich history of our faith, the knowledge that your support of this community is an expression of care for future generations, and in what the community stands for and does in the world.
- 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.
- 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, such as weddings, child dedications, and memorial services, officiated at the church by one of our ministers.
- When you become a member you will begin receiving the UU World magazine and are eligible to serve as a delegate to the Pacific Northwest District Annual Meetings and UUA General Assembly.
Joining a spiritual community is an important personal decision and a serious life commitment. Each person approaches this in their own way and own time. We honor this and encourage you to do what is right for you.
The only two steadfast requirements for membership, according to our bylaws, are the signing of the membership book and making a yearly financial pledge. This can be done at any time by appointment with Sharla Wipplinger, Acting Connections Coordinator.
However, we encourage you to think of membership as a considered journey along a meaningful path. Many people have asked for a suggested route so we have sketched it out below.
- If you are new to UUC, we encourage you to worship with us over the course of a year or so. You may want to listen to other sermons on the UUC 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.
- So that you can experience the community and UU faith in action on a deeper level, we recommend that you
- attend at least one class, small group experience or social gathering ,
- volunteer in some way within the UUC community, and
- participate in a social justice workshop or action
- enroll your children in Religious Education classes and encourage your tweens and teens to participate in youth activities.
- Attend the Membership Exploration Classes. These four classes, 90 minutes each, are usually held 2-3 times per year on four consecutive Sundays, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (during the first worship service). They offer information on Unitarian Universalism and University Unitarian Church, along with opportunities for personal reflection and interaction with other prospective members. There is no charge for the classes, but please do register so that we know how many people will be attending. The next series of classes will be held this summer in an alternate format (dates TBA). You may register online or by calling the church office during the week at 206-525-8400.
- Meet with a Visiting Steward about your pledge commitment. 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.
At least once a year, we hold a New Member Celebration. The whole church re-covenants as members during each of the worship services. After the second service, those who are ready to join are welcomed to a celebratory reception by those who have become members within the last two years. New members may sign the book and turn in their pledge forms right there, and join recent members in being honored by all in a welcoming ceremony led by the senior minister and witnessed by key leaders of the church.
If you are interested in joining and/or have questions to discuss, please contact Sharla Wipplinger, Acting Connections Coordinator.