Pathway to Membership at Unity Church
If you’ve been coming to worship with us for a while and are interested in learning more about who we are and what we believe, you’re invited to take our Welcome to Unity class. This eighty-minute class is a basic overview of Unitarian Universalism and the church.
Welcome to Unity is the prerequisite to Finding Yourself at Unity, which is offered in two formats: as a full day class and as a three-week series. This class deepens the exploration of Unitarian Universalist history, as well as the particular history of Unity Church. Participants meet the ministers and staff of Unity Church and have the chance to share and reflect on their own religious journeys and the intersection of spiritual growth and social justice in their lives. Finally, participants learn about the expectations of membership as well as various opportunities for deeper involvement at Unity Church.
For those who are ready for the commitment of membership, we offer a third and final class, Committing to Unity. This class explores meaning of membership and invites participants to reflect on the gifts and talents they hope to share with this faith community. This class ends with a celebration as participants make the significant decision to sign our membership book.
New Member Recognition Sundays
New members will be welcomed and recognized by the congregation during Sunday worship. We hope you will participate in one of these celebrations!
Pathway to Membership class information is available in the column at the right. For more information on Pathways to Membership at Unity Church contact Lisa Friedman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-228-1456 x107.
What does it mean to become a member of Unity Church?
You become a member of Unity Church – Unitarian by signing the church’s membership book. The simple act of signing your name can be a deeply significant decision for you.
Signing your name in the church’s membership book is a personal commitment to participate in a process of sharing your talents, your resources, and your energy with others in a quest that is spiritual as well as practical, personal as well as social, and individual as well as institutional.
Member Rights and Responsibilities
Members are strongly encouraged to participate in the life of the church. Members have the responsibility to read, understand, and support the Mission and Ends of Unity Church – Unitarian.
Members are strongly encouraged to make an identifiable financial commitment to Unity Church in the form of a yearly annual pledge. Pledging members are voting members of Unity Church.
Voting members have the right to participate in all congregational votes, including the calling of ministers to the church. Voting members are also eligible to apply to serve on the Board of Trustees, the Pastoral Care Associates Team, the Worship Associates Team and the Anti-racism Team.
There are two ways to become a member of Unity Church – Unitarian. You may participate in an Ingathering of New Members; or you may sign the Membership Book at a private meeting.
Ingatherings of New Members are held as part of a regular Sunday service during the formal church year (September through June). People participating in an Ingathering sign the membership book immediately before the service and then are recognized by the congregation during the service. A reception immediately following the Ingathering service provides an opportunity for all congregants to meet and greet the new members and to celebrate their decision to formally join the church.
If you are not able to participate in a scheduled Ingathering, or you strongly prefer to sign the membership book privately, you may become a member at a private signing, witness by a minister and the Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement.
If you wish to become a member,either by participating in an Ingathering or in a private signing. Please contact Rev. Lisa Friedman, Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement by email at email@example.com or by phone at 651-228-1456 x107.
Bond of Fellowship
As those who believe in religion,
As those who believe in freedom,
fellowship, and character in religion,
As those who believe that the religious life means the thankful,
trustful, loyal and helpful life, and
As those who believe that a church is
a community of helpers, wherein
it is made easier to lead such a life;
We join ourselves together,
name, hand, and heart,
as members of Unity Church.
—William Channing Gannett,
March 9, 1879, adapted
Pathway to Membership
A Series of Three Classes
If you have questions or would like to sign up for a class please contact Lisa Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Childcare! With at least one week advance request, childcare will be provided for all Pathway to Membership classes. Contact Michelle Hill at 651-228-1456 x127 or email@example.com.
Welcome to Unity: A Class for Newcomers
If you have been visiting Unity Church and would like to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, we invite you to join us for a Welcome to Unity class. Together, we will explore the mission and vision of this church, as well as historical and contemporary Unitarian Universalism. There will be time to reflect on our own faith journeys and religious questions.
Welcome to Unity Schedule:
Sunday, December 11 • 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday January 4 • 7:15-8:30 p.m.
Finding Yourself at Unity: A Deeper Inquiry
December 4: Pastoral Care
December 11: Relgious Education for Children, Youth, and Adults
December 18: Holidays and Celebrations at Unity Church
Finding Yourself at Unity is now offered on a regular basis on Sundays in the Ames Chapel. These sessions can be attended on a drop in basis in the order that works for you.
Committing to Unity: Joining Unity Church
Wednesday, January 25 • 7:15-9:00 p.m.
This class explores the deeper meanings and expectations of membership and shared ministry. It offers time to reflect on the meaning of generosity and how you can discover the places in your life where the world’s need meets the gifts and joy you have to offer. The class will conclude with a celebration ceremony as participants sign the membership book and officially join the church!
New Member Recognition Sundays
New members will be welcomed and recognized by the congregation during worship on the Sundays listed below. We hope you will participate in one of these celebrations!
Recognition Sunday Schedule:
Service & Learning
- Adult Learning & Spiritual Practice >
- Cairns Arts Journal
Children and Youth
- Community Outreach Ministry Social Justice >
- Library and Bookstall
- Literary Ministry >
- Music Ministry
- Parish Hall Artists
- Pastoral Care >
- Sources Supper
- UU Families Initiative
- Volunteer Corner >
- Wellspring Wednesday