Becoming a Member

If you have been attending BSUUF for awhile and appreciate what you find here, we encourage you to consider becoming a member. Becoming a member in a spiritual community is an important and heart-felt commitment, one that is not taken lightly.  Choosing membership opens the door for you to call BSUUF your spiritual home, to fully participate in its community, and to reap the benefits of truly being a part of the community.

Introduction

Before becoming a member, we ask that you attend services for a while so you can get to know us. Explore various church activities, classes,  and events that appeal to you. Stop at the Visitor Table just outside the sanctuary where you will find various pamphlets.  Pick up as many as interest you. Find out what makes our religion different than others you have experienced.

Membership indicates that you are in agreement with the church’s  Statement of Purpose, which includes the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. Ours is a non-creedal faith.  We do not ask members to accept a particular religious doctrine, but we do encourage and support their religious and spiritual growth.

Once you have made  the decision to become a member of BSUUF,  contact the president of our Board of Trustees. We will meet with you and provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.  We encourage you to attend a Newcomer Orientation, which is held each fall.

Welcoming Ceremony

We hold a New Member Welcoming Ceremony once a year during our worship service on Sunday morning.  At that time you are  presented to our church community and formally welcomed into membership.  Also, you will sign the Membership Book and receive a gift from the congregation.

Meaningful Membership

Attend services as often as you can.  Volunteer your time and talent to at least one church project and/or committee each year. Participate in a program or class that helps you grow in mind and spirit.  Help foster a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our newcomers and fellow congregants.  Practice charitable giving to both our children and social action projects.

Privileges of Membership

  • The wonderful feeling of ownership and belonging to a welcoming, fun, spiritually uplifting, intellectually stimulating, and generous congregation that makes a difference in the wider community.
  • A vote in our annual meeting in January.  At these meetings we vote on the church budget and board members; and hear reports. We may vote on social justice issues or other decisions deemed  important  to the congregation.
  • The possibility of sitting on the Board of Trustees.  Only congregational members may become Board members.
  • A subscription to the UU World Magazine published quarterly by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • Use of the facilities for special occasions, such as weddings and memorial services.

Accept Financial Responsibility

As part of your membership, we ask you to pledge at a responsible level to keep our church in sound financial shape and to participate in our annual pledge drive in October.  Members, together with those who regularly attend church and those who have children in our Religious Education program, make a financial pledge and contribute to our church, according to ability.

Our Board of Trustees will provide you with more information and answer your questions.  We do not dictate levels of giving , but we ask members to view their pledges as investments in our community.  We recognize that pledges will vary widely depending on individual circumstances.  Other income, such as Sunday plate offerings, defrays only a very small portion of the church expenses.

Quite simply, we need money to keep our doors open, pay our rent and liability insurance,  fund our daycare, pay for our music and guest ministers, and to plan for our future.

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