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Becoming a Member

What does membership entail?

Membership is an act of public witness, service, and mutual promises to each other.  Membership means making a commitment to be a part of our beloved community and giving us a chance to commit to you.  We give back to our congregation and community through gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and we share in the responsibilities of being in community together.

Technically speaking, membership is not required to be active in the life of our church, but membership does provide the right to vote for the larger issues that are put to a congregational vote, as well as the ability to serve as a committee chairperson.  


How does one become a member?

If you've found yourself attending Sunday Services or other activities at the UUFA on a regular basis, we hope that you will consider becoming a member.  Membership in the Fellowship is open to anyone 14 years old or older who is in sympathy with its activities and willing to contribute to its financial support.  Check out our self-guided online Membership Exploration, where you'll learn more about what exactly membership can mean!  Once you've completed the self-study, joined in a "get to know you" session, and made a pledge to financially support our congregation and the UUA (according to your own ability), we welcome you on New Member Sunday.  At that time, we'll make some mutual promises to be in community together, to support each other, and to be active in the life of the Fellowship, and then you'll sign the membership book.  


What is covered in Membership Exploration?

Designed for people considering membership at the UUFA and information seekers, this self-study is offered to:

  • Learn a little about the history and traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the UUFA
  • Hear how you can become involved at the UUFA
  • Share personal religious or spiritual journeys
  • Expand your circle of friends at the UUFA


What does my financial support go toward?

Like all Unitarian Universalist congregations, the UUFA is completely self-supporting, both financially and in time and talent.  Members contribute money to maintain the programs and facilities at the Fellowship, as well as pay for staff salaries.  Time contributions provide religious education, leadership, minor repairs and upkeep of building and grounds, office help, and much, much more.

The Fellowship also recieves support-in-kind (non-financial) from our wider network in the UUA, and so we pay annual dues as a congregation to our regional and national associations.  UUFA members also receive a subscription to UU World magazine, to stay up-to-date on national UU happenings.


Thinking about membership?

Whether you've been regularly attending the Fellowship for a few months or a few years, you may feel it time to deepen your commitment to the UUFA by becoming a member. If you've decided that the UUFA is your spiritual home and you're ready to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism, then you should consider membership.  Our Membership Services Committee can help guide you through the process. Contact the office today!

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