|Expectations of Membership|
Worship is the central act of our community; it is our time of gathering for strengthening, for reflection and celebration, and for learning about what the church is engaged in. Simple miracles unfold each time we gather! We ask you to participate in the ongoing conversation that occurs here at church. We ask that you attend worship regularly.
As a member we expect you will cultivate your spiritual life, and we want to help support you. We welcome you as you are, but we donít expect you to remain as you are. We invite you to participate in our transformational learning community.
We ask you to
make a pledge of financial support that is aligned with your
circumstances. Consult with the minister or with membership/welcome
team members for clarification.
Each member is expected to pitch in with the basic tasks that help our community to thrive Ė e.g., greeting, ushering, sound system operation, Coffee Hour hosting, childrenís Coffee Hour healthy-treat provider, etc. We ask you to serve approximately one Sunday each month in any of these ways you choose. The Foundations of Fellowship opportunities are found on the pledge form in the Membership Enrollment Kit.
We want to support you as you discern the ministry that you are called to live out in the world. How will you know if itís a ministry area for you? Youíll know because it will feel like a nourishing, energizing commitment. We recognize that ministry takes many forms, from organizing for justice to teaching to hammering nails to singing to fundraising to visiting the sick. We will provide resources for you as you listen to where you are being called to grow in your life, and we ask you to practice that ministry here in the congregation.
We want to move from Sunday to Monday together. We invite you to practice living out Unitarian Universalist principles in your daily life, and ask that each member of our community participate in at least one action for social justice each year.
We ask that you share how this community is a positive influence in your life with your friends. Too many people have said that they had no idea we existed, and wish that they had years earlier. We donít want to be a well-kept secret!
We ask that our members keep themselves informed about the congregationís direction and participate in our governance. Congregational meetings are held a few times a year.
We ask that you take whatever time you need to discern whether UUSM is your spiritual home and whether you are prepared to step into the commitment that is membership in our community.
More information can
be found in the Membership enrollment kit.
When you are ready to step into this community of transformation as a member, we will be so pleased to welcome you!