Becoming a Member
Thinking about becoming a member of UU Utica?
Stepping into a community of people new to you can be exciting or intimidating. We know it takes some courage to venture in as a new person.
Welcome! Let us know if you would like help in better understanding things.
What it means to become a member.
You become part of a covenantal community. The covenant is an agreement on why we come together, how we will work to be with one another (and that we’ll return to the covenant when we fall short of those goals).
- Members share stewardship of the congregation – because we are congregationally led – not led by a central organization or hierarchy, and work to make sure UUU is strong for the next generations.
- Members vote on issues and plans brought before them (especially at the Annual Meeting). Members participate through their time, talents and finances.
- Members are asked to contribute financially as they are able.
- Leadership of teams, committees and representation on the Board require membership.
Steps to becoming a member of UU Utica
- email or call the chair of the membership team, the minister, or chatting with us during coffee hour
- Join one of the monthly informal coffee hour group with the minister and UUU lay leader to chat and ask questions about the congregation.
- Attend one of the two yearly New UU classes.
- Consider and express how you think you will support the congregation (time, talent, treasure)
- Be part of a New Member service recognition
- Sign the membership book.
It may take a while for you to get a sense of who we are as a group, and we encourage you to take your time to explore. Some people arrive and know quickly they want to stay, others take longer – sometimes years. Do what is right for you.
By the way, you do not have to become a member to participate in most congregational activities. You are welcome to be in a UUU group or participate in projects before you consider joining. You can even be in a committee without being a member. The only things which require membership are chairing a committee or team and voting in congregational meetings.
For more information see bylaws.