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.
Finding Yourself at Unity is 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. You can see a list of the offerings for the current month in the column at right.
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.
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
Mentoring at Unity: A Path to Deeper Connection
Unity Church has a new mentor program, which is now available to visitors and new members! What can a mentor offer? A mentor is available as a guide and a resource in the congregation. They pledge to meet at least once a month face to face, and be available for ongoing questions and advice. Each mentor/mentee team can decide what is most helpful — to have a buddy with whom to attend services and events, a partner with whom to discuss Unitarian Universalism and each other’s spiritual journeys, and more. Each pair makes a commitment to work together for at least six months. If you have questions, or would like to request a mentor, please stop by the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall or email Rev. Lisa Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pathway to Membership
Free Childcare! Child care is provided for all Finding Yourself at Unity classes, and is available by request for Committing to Unity. Please contact Ray Hommeyer at email@example.com.
Finding Yourself at Unity: A Deeper Inquiry
Finding Yourself at Unity is offered on a regular basis on summer Sundays, from 10:20 - 11:15 a.m., in the Ames Chapel. These sessions can be attended in the order that works for you and will offer participants the opportunity to share part of their religious journey, to take a more in depth look at the history of Unity Church, to discuss the expectations and benefits of membership, and get to know the programs and ministries of the congregation. Childcare is available in the nursery. Upcoming topics include:
Wednesday, September 25 • 7:15-9:00 p.m.
Have you been considering membership at Unity? 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 needs meets the gifts and joy you have to offer. The class concludes with a ceremony as participants sign the membership book and officially join the church!
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 >
- Volunteer Corner
- Wellspring Wednesday