Becoming a member of the Fellowship is a meaningful decision. It carries certain responsibilities including the expectation that you will participate in activities and programs, that you will share your talents with us by volunteering to be part of a hospitality team, and offer your financial support through a yearly financial commitment.
Several times a year, the Membership Committee offers the class “UU 101” This is a chance to learn about our Unitarian Universalist history and beliefs, as well as what it means to be a member of the congregation. We encourage everyone who is exploring our fellowship to attend one of these sessions. You will have fun and get to meet other people, including Mark Hayes, Minister, and Jean Wiant, Director of Lifespan Religious Education.
We officially welcome new members at a special New Member Sunday service twice yearly.
What does membership mean?
When you join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County (UUFCC), it means …
- You are in fundamental agreement with the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and strive to live by them.
- You agree to endeavor to live by the Vision and Mission of the UUFCC.
- You understand the importance of an organized religious community, and are committed to supporting this one.
- You accept the responsibilities that go with membership.
… And you are a Unitarian Universalist and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
What are the responsibilities of membership?
As a member, we hope that you will:
- Strive to live the UU Principles
- Volunteer some of your time and talent at the UUFCC, when you feel ready
- Participate in a Hospitality Team
- Sustain the UUFCC with financial support
- Vote at congregational meetings
- Develop yourself by growing and learning
- Involve yourself in activities that improve the community and the world
As a member, you are required to:
- Return your Annual Update Form
Who can become a member?
- fundamentally agrees with the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and with the Vision and Mission of the UUFCC, and
- is willing to be a responsible member of the congregation.
Why become a member?
- You have found your spiritual home at the UUFCC.
- You find that Unitarian Universalism expresses your values.
- You want to be part of a community that encourages and stimulates you to live your values.
- You want to be connected with others who share your values in order to effect change.
- You want to have a vote in the future of the UUFCC and how it serves members and the wider community.
- You want to stand up for freedom and religious toleration.
- You want be counted as a Unitarian Universalist.
- You believe that commitment is important.
- You believe it is important to have a religious home.
How do I prepare for membership?
There are no required classes or readings. Unitarian Universalism challenges you to consider how your beliefs influence what you do. However, you could:
- Attend the “UU101: Pathway to Membership” program (contact the Membership Committee for dates)
- Talk to the Minister or Director of Lifespan Religious Education
- Talk to a member of the Membership Committee
- Read some books from the UUFCC library
- Take an adult enrichment program at UUFCC
How do I become a member?
You sign your name in the membership book.
Your decision to become a member should be heart-felt and one that is not taken lightly. If you would like to discuss whether membership is right for you, we recommend that you speak with Mark Hayes (Minister) or Jean Wiant (Director of Lifespan Religious Education/Exploration) or with a member of the Membership Committee.