Becoming a member of a congregation is a big step! Technically, being a member means participating in the life of the congregation by attending worship, contributing time and energy to committees and other volunteer efforts, signing the membership book, and making a yearly monetary contribution to support the upkeep of the congregation and its work. Being a member means that you get to participate in the democratic process to which we as UUs are committed. You will be able to vote on all the various issues the congregation votes on-- from the yearly budget to a name change to calling a minister. We hope that if/when you make the commitment to be a member, it's a commitment you intend to keep for many years because you have determined that our congregation is the right fit for you as you walk your spiritual journey. We expect that this decision will not be taken lightly, and we commit to partnering with you on your discernment from the moment you reach out to us.
We encourage anyone interested in more information about the congregation to be in touch using the form below. Once you decide that you would like to visit the congregation, you'll have the opportunity to meet many people and to express where your interests lie. While you are welcome to attend committee meetings at any point, we strongly urge you to attend Sunday worship as often as possible as you consider membership in our congregation. Sundays are where you will learn about UUism, have a chance to deepen your own spirituality, and come to develop deep and meaningful relationships in community with others. As you continue to get to know the congregation, always feel free to be in touch with Rev. Sarah or other leaders to help you discern.
If you determine that indeed you wish to join our congregation, there are some steps that we ask you to take.
First, we ask you to attend a Getting to Know UU session hosted by our membership committee. These occur twice a year and can be found on our calendar as well as advertised in our weekly email.
Then, we ask you to meet one on one with the minister. At this point, you will also be paired with a current member who will serve as a mentor for you as you move toward membership. This person will meet with you, will be available to you to discuss any questions you have about the congregation, and will continue to be a resource in the early years of your membership.
At some point during the process we ask you to make a pledge indicating what your yearly monetary contribution will be.
Finally, we ask you to sign the Membership book either in one of the biannual New Member Ceremonies or in private with the minister if you prefer.
Once you have officially become a member, our hope is that you will explore the various areas of volunteer work at the congregation. There are many committees and other opportunities to offer non-financial service to the community we are building together. Click here for more information on that.
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley 2021 Albany Post Road PO Box 117 Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520