We welcome visitors on Sunday morning. We ask you to complete a Visitor’s Form if you are comfortable doing so. Sometimes it takes two or three visits before you are ready to tell us who you are. Take your time. Soon you will know whether you want to continue coming. Be sure to check out our calendar and see what offerings speak to you. With time you will know that you are ready to deepen your connection through membership.

The Meaning of Membership

UUCV is our chosen church home. We endeavor to cultivate a generous and appreciative heart through active engagement in our congregation, attending to the quality of our personal relationships, and contributing generously within our means to the church’s operating budget and our social programs.

The Path to Membership

Our Membership Team regularly offers path to membership events. On the first Sunday of the month, after each service, a representative from the membership committee is available to speak with visitors at the greeters table in the foyer. “Is UU for U?” offers you a chance to ask questions, make connection, and discover ways to become involved in interest groups and volunteering. Feel free to stop by!

We also ask that you attend a series of 3 Path to Membership classes. These classes are offered quarterly and delve more deeply into understanding of church membership, UUCV’s history, and Unitarian Universalism in general.

Please contact membership@uucvan.org for more information on social or informal gatherings for newcomers. The most current information regarding Membership activities will be found in our Weekly Bulletin.

What are the responsibilities of membership?

  • TIME: We hope you will come often to Sunday morning services, the one time each week we all can be together. Your presence with us is important.  We also hope you will come to social gatherings of the Congregation, such as picnics, potlucks, and other fun activities.
  • TALENT: Find a way to be involved in the life of the Congregation, sharing your gifts and talents, maybe stretching your comfort level to learn new skills. We will encourage you! For example, you might consider singing in the choir, serving on a committee, teaching in church school, making coffee once a month, helping with a social justice project.
  • TREASURE: Support the Congregation generously, whatever generosity means to you. We have some guidelines to help you make your decision. Some of us can give thousands. Others can give just a few dollars a month. Please don’t let money keep you from joining.

How do I join when I am ready?

Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism or you are a UU transferring your membership from another church, we ask that you attend a series of 3 Path to Membership classes. If you have questions about membership, please contact the Membership Committee.

Recommended activities:

  • Attend events at church to get to know other new people, the membership team, and a few church leaders.
  • Attend Path to Membership classes to meet our minister, learn how our church works, how to get involved, and our relationship to the larger denomination.
  • Join a Chalice Circle.
  • Attend an Ingathering Ceremony during a Sunday service to be introduced to the congregation.
  • Let us know how we can help you integrate into UUCV and feel at home.  
  • Participate in our semi-annual auctions. Offerings include such things as sharing a meal with a small group in someone’s home, which can turn “fellow congregants” into “friends”.