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The Meaning of Membership at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
The Path to Membership

Membership in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville is an unfolding path of learning about Unitarian Universalism, this Fellowship, and yourself in the process. The first step is to schedule time for an interview with our Membership Team to work out an individualized path of personal or spiritual exploration — a path of growing connection to the universe’s abundance, to your own true self, and to this UU faith community — that works best for you. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up an appointment.

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Page updated February 14, 2013.

 
Rights of Membership

Members receive our national denominational magazine, UUWorld. Members of 90 days or more may vote at congregational meetings to adopt congregational policy and elect officers and board members. Voting members are also eligible for elective office. We are a democratic organization, and every voting member has equal power in congregational decision-making. Our congregation is governed neither by church tradition, nor denominational "higher ups," nor its minister. It is governed by an elected board, by committees, and, at congregational meetings, by all voting members.

 
Member Involvement

Member involvement can be summed up in the "four P’s" mentioned above: Presence, Participation, Practice, and Percentage Giving.

  • Presence. Our members attend worship services regularly unless special circumstances prevent. We value member presence, and members are missed when they are not at Sunday service.

  • Participation. Our members participate in the life of UUFG by joining a committee, teaching a class (children, youth, or adult), being active in an RE class, singing with the choir, gettting involved with special projects, helping with Sunday greeting or coffee set-up and clean-up, or being an office volunteer. Find the form and level of participation that works for you.

  • Practice. Our members practice their religion. This may be done through spiritual practices of meditation, prayer, or ritual; through social action for peace and justice; through active caring and ministry to one another — or any deliberate personal program to embody Unitarian Universalist principles in daily life. Unitarian Universalism is a faith which calls on us to live it in all aspects of life. If you were accused of being a Unitarian Universalist, would there be enough evidence for a conviction? Our members provide ample evidence every day!

  • Percentage Giving. Our members financially support the vision and the dreams of our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville by making regular contributions in fulfillment of their annual Estimate of Giving.
 
Membership Means Covenant

Unitarian Universalists subscribe to no creed nor dogma nor doctrine. We are a covenantal community, not a creedal one. Membership in a Unitarian Universalist congregation fundamentally means consciously choosing to enter into covenant with other members. Our covenant is a way of shared living beyond words, yet we can point to it with words such as these:

  • We covenant to walk together; to support each other with friendship, good will, and respect; to recognize our kinship and respect our difference; to nurture simultaneously our unity and our diversity; to bring to each other and to our congregation the gifts of our Presence, our Participation, our Unitarian Universalist Practice, and our Percentage Giving of financial support (the “four P's”)

One popular UU affirmation declares our covenant to dwell together in peace, seek knowledge in freedom, and serve humankind in fellowship, to the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the all.

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