Feeling like First Universalist could be your spiritual home? We hope you join us!
We welcome all who wish to join in on the path of giving, receiving, and growing into membership at First Universalist Church. Choosing membership is a spiritual act. As a non-creedal religious community, members are not required to profess certain beliefs in order to be welcomed into our religious community. Rather, membership asks us to walk our spiritual path with courage and care, ever mindful of our covenant with one another to dwell together in peace, seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
Individuals considering membership are strongly encouraged to participate in these classes:
First Step, a 30-minute orientation to First Universalist and Unitarian Universalism, held after each service on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Newcomer Circle, which offers an opportunity to learn more about our tradition and connect with other newcomers.
Becoming a Member
If First Universalist is feeling like your spiritual home, if our mission moves you, then we hope you’ll take part in the Pathway to Membership! Joining First Universalist is a symbolic, spiritual act of saying “yes” to growing your soul in this place, with these people, within our free faith tradition. This new member class is a great chance to build community, explore Unitarian Universalism and our church’s unique history, and learn how to get involved. In the final session, participants are invited to sign the membership book and officially join the congregation.
This class is offered as a two-part series. Upcoming classes are offered on:
Tuesdays, Jan. 30 & Feb. 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sundays, April 8 & 15, 1–3 p.m.
Thursdays, May 17 & 24, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
To register, please contact Sandy DiNanni, Membership Support Staff, at Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701. Childcare is available free of charge with at least seven days advance notice.
We also ask that new members attend a “Racial Justice and Our Unitarian Universalist Faith” workshop. Racial justice is at the core of how we live out our mission to give, receive, and grow in the spirit of love and hope. If you aren’t able to attend before joining the church, we ask that you register for a future class. For a schedule of workshop dates, click here.
Making it Official
After completing the Pathway to Membership class, new members will be invited to participate in our New Member Welcome Ceremony during Sunday worship.
Members are asked to make a pledge of record to the congregation. If finances are a challenge, a waiver can be requested. We believe that money should never be a barrier to membership
Members are also asked to commit to service in the congregation. As examples, many people choose to join a Welcome Team or volunteer in Religious Education.
Questions about membership can be directed to Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink. She can be reached at email@example.com.