Become a Member
Visitors who enjoy worshiping and connecting with the UUCL community are encouraged to explore the path to membership. A member needn’t cancel nor officially disavow membership in another faith to become a member of UUCL.
If you agree with the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism and the purpose of UUCL, you are invited to become a member of UUCL by
- Completing a newcomer orientation session
- Accepting our church mission and covenants
- Making a pledge of record
- Signing the Membership Book
Newcomer Orientation sessions are offered several times a year, with upcoming dates published in the Sunday order of service. This orientation is the best way to learn about Unitarian Universalism and UUCL in particular and ask any questions on your mind.
A pledge of record is an investment in one’s spirit and values. Following through with your pledge enables you to accomplish what you may not be able to do alone. Together, we can effect change for ourselves, our neighbors, our world.
Signing the Membership Book in between services is a celebration witnessed by the congregation several times a year. New members receive a copy of the UUCL Directory, the password to the members’ area of our website, an invitation to the UUCL Fellowship group on Facebook, a subscription to UU World (the UUA magazine) and the respect and love of the community!
Rights and Responsibilities of Membership
Members are the foundation of our democratic community. They are collectively vested with responsibility for this congregation. Members have voting privileges, can serve in leadership positions, and help guide the mission of the church.
Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to one another. They are best fulfilled by:
- Regular attendance at worship: Weekly worship cements the bonds of community and keeps us focused on our highest values of love, justice and freedom, while nurturing our spirits.
- Voting at congregational meetings: Members are called upon to actively participate in meetings by imagining the needs of the entire congregation and considering how issues affect all members of the congregation, potential members and people outside the congregation.
- Making financial contributions: Financial giving supports the congregation and serves as a spiritual discipline. Many Unitarian Universalists aim for a modern tithe — that is, giving a percentage of income to the congregation and a percentage to organizations, causes and church initiatives that support UU values.
- Contributing time and talent: The congregation of UUCL works because the members give of themselves, whether through music, standing committees, religious education, social justice activities, organizing, cooking, greeting, opening and closing the church, and the list goes on. It is Unitarian Universalism in action — finding ways to give that nurture the spirit of the community and the individual.