Becoming a Member
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Meet with our minister, a representative of the Welcoming Ministry, and other newcomers to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation.
This is also an opportunity to connect with others at a similar place on their journey.
Topics vary depending on the questions of our attendees, but can include exploration of theology and worship, our UU Roots, philosophy of religious education, our governance and polity, and becoming a member of the UUCRT.
New UU Fellowship is held on one Sunday a month, from September to June, from 8:30-10:15 AM, in the Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast is provided.
Serendipity Dinners: Small group dinners, held at members’ homes, provide an opportunity for people to get to know each other better outside of the Meeting House setting. Hosts provide the dining space and coordinate the meal and the guests for lively discussion and strengthening the bonds of community.
The Hospitality Host Groups provide refreshments for coffee hour and clean up afterwards. Please refer to the Member Directory for Hospitality Host Groups or contact Laura Giner Bair, Coffee Hour Coordinator for additional information – email@example.com 845-542-4881. Host group guidelines can be viewed and downloaded here:
The current Chair of the Welcoming Ministry is Patti Beaumont.
Some of the many great reasons to become a member of the congregation at Rock Tavern include:
- Opportunity to be part of a community of caring people
- Opportunity to learn and grow as a person
- Opportunity for spiritual growth
- Opportunity to make a contribution to the community through social justice activities.
- Opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Opportunity to vote in congregational meetings to elect leaders or adopt a budget.
- Opportunity to call a minister or adopt elements of a strategic plan.
- Opportunity to attend district Unitarian Universalist events/activities.
- Subscription to the UU World magazine
Some of the responsibilities of membership include:
- Attend Sunday services regularly.
- Work on your Spiritual Development.
- Serve the Congregation with your talents and interests. The opportunities for involvement are many: teaching our children, helping with coffee hour, sharing your musical talents at worship services, or leading a service project are just some of the ways to get involved. You may also consider joining one of our ministries: Sunday Services, Arts, Building and Grounds, Communications, Membership, Lifespan Religious Exploration (for children or adults), Social Action, and Stewardship & Finance. We believe that whatever your talents or abilities, everyone can make some contribution to our community.
- Pledge at a stewardship level. Each year, every member of the Congregation is contacted to make a monetary contribution of record. This commitment is either made during our annual pledge drive (held September/October) or upon joining the Congregation. Giving financially, as one is able, is crucial to the health of the Congregation and its ability to serve its members and the community at large. Since each of us is at a different place financially, we ask members to consider making a pledge equal to 3% or more of their adjusted annual income.
By becoming a member of our Congregation, you become part of a growing, living institution. Members bring to the Congregation their talent, energy, conviction and financial support, knowing that this community will prosper as we invest ourselves in it.
Preparing for Membership
We encourage you to attend the New to UU Course for clarification of UU history, principles and practices.
Upon completion of the course, conversations will be scheduled with two members of the Congregation to answer any questions or concerns you have about joining this Congregation and to help you find your place within our community.
Joining the Congregation/Membership Ceremony
Membership is a public commitment to support the values and principles of liberal religion, to support and encourage one’s own and others’ efforts to grow spiritually, and to support the Congregation and the denomination.
Any person who is at least 13 years of age and in general sympathy with the Congregation’s Mission and programs may become a member. Voting members are 18 years or age or older. Junior members are 13-17 and are neither eligible to vote nor required to make a financial contribution.
We welcome new members at a membership ceremony where new members stand at the front of the Sanctuary and recite words of covenant with the congregation. We will then ask that the new members sign the membership book to signify their commitment to the benefits and responsibilities of membership.