the NExt New Member Sunday:
June 4, 2017 during Worship
Becoming a Member
Becoming a member of a UU congregation is easy...sort of. One the one hand, all you need to do is sign a book. This practice goes back to the 17th century Puritans. The Membership Book at First U has signatures dating back to 1919.
On the other hand, joining isn't so easy at all. It means entering a covenant with a group of people. It's a decision to be one of us, to say "I am for you and you are for me." And while each of us determines for ourselves what that means, it almost never means nothing. It means you belong, that we are in this together.
If you'd like to join, the first thing you do is tell our minister, Rev. Peggy Clarke (or during her sabbatical from January to June 1st, 2017, please contact our Sabbatical Minister Emily DeTar Birt). A Path to Membership Lunch will be held where you can ask questions and learn about how the place works. A New Member Service is then held twice a year, during which you will have a chance to introduce yourself to the congregation and sign the Membership Book.
Joining a liberal religious congregation is a counter-cultural act. It's an act of defiance in our individualistic world. And it's an act of hope, a way of saying that we can do more and be more, together. We look forward to including you in our circle of concern.
If you would like to join, Let sabbatical Minister, Emily Detar Birt know.