How to Become a Member
Becoming a Member
When you feel that you are ready to enter into a relationship with this congregation you need only sign the Membership Book and make a financial commitment. New members are invited to participate in a New Member Recognition Ceremony during a Sunday service and a get-acquainted social event. Becoming a member often follows attendance at a New Member Orientation offered every spring and fall.
Joining this congregation means becoming a member of a religious community that is grounded in the long history of Unitarian Universalism. Membership provides a framework for the everyday pursuit of meaning through activities, worship and spiritual and intellectual development. Joining is an expression of commitment to a loving community devoted to spirituality and a more just and joyful world.
Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion. As a congregation in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of congregations (located in Boston, MA), we are committed to upholding and living the UUA Statement of Principles and Purposes. There is no requirement to subscribe to a specific set of beliefs. There is no religious or denominational authority that dictates beliefs and practices. Personal experience, conscience and reason guide Unitarian Universalists. Together, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock affirm the freedom of belief and the search for religious truth. Every person is encouraged in his or her spiritual growth.
Annual financial commitments are usually in the form of a pledge and are required to maintain membership status. 1-2% of annual income is a guideline to support of the programs and ministries of the congregation. There is no minimum commitment, however, and no membership is ever denied due to financial hardship. Please speak to a minister to learn about financial waivers.
Additional literature about Unitarian Universalism is available in the UUCSR Main Lobby.
Enjoy the satisfaction of being actively engaged in a religious community which ministers to personal needs and hopes while being sensitive to our place in the world;
Experience opportunities to develop relationships of depth and explore questions of ultimate concern;
Vote in congregational meetings that direct the congregation and help to shape its future;
May serve as leadership of the congregation and on select committees;
Receive a subscription to the bi-monthly magazine The UU World, and to publications from UUCSR;
Are entitled to on-site services of our ministers for child dedications, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other rites, plus discounted rental rates. Premises use by members is FREE when the entire congregation is invited to participate in the occasion.
Are enrolled as members of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, the Metro New York District of the UUA and the Long Island Area Council.
Are welcome to participate in conferences, retreats, summer institutes, leadership training, and other events offered each year.
Participate in Sunday worship and other events which provide a core of common experiences.
Learn and grow together in a community that is strengthened by
- Understanding of UU history and traditions,
- The pursuit of spirituality and a fulfilling spiritual life,
- Lifespan religious education classes, faith development ministries and programs.
Enjoy right relationships. UU Principles and the UUCSR congregational Mission statement affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. By developing healthy, interpersonal relationships that honor each person’s unique experience and beliefs, respect and trust guide congregational and personal actions.
Share congregational ministry. Every person has individual gifts and a unique “calling” to serve the needs of the world. Every member is encouraged to try to discern their special gifts and find ways to share them.
Support UUCSR financially. All members make a financial pledge to the congregation every year to support
- Programs and ministries of the Shelter Rock Congregation;
- Unitarian Universalist work locally, regionally and in the world;
- Connections to the UU district of Metro NY;
- Membership in the national Unitarian Universalist Association.