Becoming a Member

Why Become a Member?

The meaning of church membership is different for each person—we couldn’t define it for you any more than we could prescribe your spiritual theology. When we ask new members why they’ve decided to join the church, they say…

I didn’t know there was a church like this – it just feels right.
I want to be part of a community.
I want to teach my kids to care about their society and their world.
I finally feel like I can fully be myself and live my real values.

 

Maybe you feel like you’ve found a spiritual home here with people asking the same kind of questions you are.
Maybe you are grateful for the religious education your children are receiving.
Maybe you want to support and to join the social justice work we are doing together.

Whatever the reason, we are delighted that you are considering a deeper connection to this liberal religious community.

How do I Become a Member?

There are several steps toward making the commitment to join.

  • Attend services and events to see if this feels like a place you can call your spiritual home
  • Participate in New to First U sessions the 3rd Sunday of each month to meet others and learn more about our church and our denomination.
  • Ask questions of the membership committee, lay leaders, and ministers
  • When you feel ready to join, agree to sign the Membership Book and be recognized in a New Member Sunday ceremony.

 

Path to Membership

If you come from other religious traditions and want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism before joining, this program is designed with you in mind.

We ask you to choose from a group of suggested activities that will expose you to what it is like to be a member here.

  • Learn
    • UU 101 – this class is an introduction to the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and to what UUs tend to believe and value. It also familiarizes you with the governance, traditions, and ways of this church. Classes are offered quarterly. For dates and details, call the office 884-1801 or email: lmags@uuabq.org.
  • Connect
    • We have created many ways to share our joys, interests, and passions. We learn, explore, discuss, create, dine, enjoy life together… and form lasting and meaningful bonds. Click on “Connect”, then select an activity, event, or class and join in!
  • Serve
    • One of the most satisfying ways to get involved with our church is by lending a hand – newcomers can volunteer to help with various tasks related to Sunday services or opportunities available during the week. Click on “Serve” for a list of possibilities!

 

Ready to Join!

First Unitarian has just three criteria for membership:

  1. You have reached the age of 14
  2. You are in sympathy with our Mission Covenant
  3. You have made an initial contribution or pledge

We offer New Member Signing Ceremonies on the first Sunday of each month. Sign up in advance on any Sunday at the Membership Information table, or download this form and either email it or turn it in to the church office. Then, on the date you have chosen (at 12:15 pm), join our Director of Membership and other new members in the Arnold Room on the south side of our courtyard. You will sign the Membership Book, receive information about our Welcoming Conversations, and the date of our next New Member Recognition where you will be officially welcomed by the congregation.  You will also be offered an opportunity to sit down to dinner with other new members from the last several months.

 

What’s Next?

Now that you are a new member, your first few years will be full of new experiences for you and your family.

  • You will be invited to attend our annual meeting in January where, as a member of the congregation, you will engage in conversation and vote to guide this community’s future direction.
  • You will be asked to make your first pledge of financial support.
  • Most importantly, you will begin the journey of finding your unique place in this thriving community. And that is mostly up to you!

By joining us, you are committing your time, your enthusiasm, your strengths, and your support.

In return, you receive

  • Affiliation with others who pursue a unique spiritual path;
  • Religious education for you and your children;
  • Education about, and opportunities to help change inequities in our society;
  • A place of refuge, understanding and emotional support;
  • A promising new path of personal growth.

You have taken the leap so now it is time to dive in! Welcome to our congregation!

Contact our Director of Membership & Communications, Laira Magnusson, with any questions about how to make the most of your membership, or how to join!