Becoming a Member
Meaning of Membership
Our members share in a search for truth and meaning, and respect and support one another. This means that every person helps shape, expand and contribute to the shared mission within our community and out in the larger world.
Benefits of MembershipHere, we offer opportunities for growth, engagement and acceptance, religious exploration for children and adults, and the support and comfort of an open and caring community.
As a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, you are able to participate in group decisions, shape the life and mission of the Meeting House through your commitments, and identify with a community that challenges and encourages its people to practice their highest ideals.
The Four Expectations of Membership
I. Your Presence
Your presence is important to the life of our community. Your participating in worship services and finding a small group or activity to join will deepen your spiritual life and enrich us all.
In addition, at UUMH we come together to uphold, encourage, and care for one another. We are here to celebrate with you during times of joy and to provide compassionate companionship during times of crisis or sorrow. We are present for each other.
II. Your Generosity
Member contributions determine our operating budget. Unitarian Universalist churches are self-governing and self-sustaining. We are free to call our own ministers and develop our own mission and vision and style of worship. We are also solely responsible for supporting the life and work of our church.
We believe that we live our values through our commitments. To give to the church is to invest in an inclusive, caring community, devoted to service and searching spiritual inquiry. As contributing members of our congregation, you help make these ideals a living reality.
Members are encouraged to support UUMH to the best of their ability, both financially and with their time and talent. Knowing that together we are stronger, we depend on your sharing of your unique gifts.
III. Your Service
Our faith tells us we have the capacity to make the world better. Our members commit to serving our community and the world at large. We are available to help you make that commitment.In addition, many tasks and activities of the community are not done for you but by you. The Meeting House needs helping hands as well as hearts and minds.
IV. Your Spiritual Growth
Joining UUMH is a significant step in your spiritual journey. Our members commit to deepening their spiritual growth through exploration, teaching, education, and a pursuit of justice in the broader community.
How to Join
Newcomers are encouraged to participate in the following program:
1) Come to Coffee Hour and Fellowship after Sunday Services.
2) Get Involved! One of the best ways to meet people and feel like you belong is to get involved. For example, Small Ministry Groups, Candlelight Dinners, Potlucks, and Learning for Life Classes provide excellent ways to meet other Members and have fun. You will find that most of our Members participate in one or more activities that support the life of our UU community or provide outreach to the world beyond. These opportunities to volunteer come as often as you wish, and those involving leadership roles provide especially unique chances to grow as an individual and in relationship to the larger community.
3) Attend the Pathways to Membership Class. This class is highly recommended, as you will learn about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. You will meet our minister, staff, and lay leaders and learn what’s involved in membership. The Pathways class is offered three times per year on a Sunday afternoon.
4) Sign the Membership Book. You can do this at any time. Speak to one of our Ushers or Greeters.
5) Attend New Member Sunday. Once each year we welcome our newest members and honor their decisions to join our congregation. We celebrate with a special ceremony during a Sunday Service and enjoy cake and conversation at Social Hour after the Service.
6) Fill Out a Pledge Card. The work of UUMH is supported entirely by our Members and Friends, and we hope that those who join will consider donating generously. Pledges are good-faith estimates of how much each of us expects to give during the coming year.
Call Barbara Blanchard at 508-945-7721 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Marion Harcourt at 508-432-9443 (email@example.com). When you become a member of UUMH, you become part of a growing, living institution. Our community is one of offering and receiving, supporting and nurturing, exploring and growing.Yes, we want and need you to get involved, worship with us, and grow in your spiritual life.We invite you to join us.
When you become a member of UUMH, you become part of a growing, living institution. Our community is one of offering and receiving, supporting and nurturing, exploring and growing.Yes, we want and need you to get involved, worship with us, and grow in your spiritual life.We invite you to join us.