Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.
Our Unitarian Universalist Principles are important in understanding the basics of our faith community, and we hope that as you spend time with us, you’ll see how we try to live these principles. We practice inclusivity and we do our best to make sure that everyone feels a sense of relationship in our liberal religious home.
As you begin to become familiar with Unitarian Universalism and how we do things at TJUC, you may have specific questions. Janet Taylor [firstname.lastname@example.org], our Membership Coordinator, or any of our staff or Board members will be happy to speak with you about TJ and the UU tradition. However, we’re tried to anticipate some of your questions, and to make room for sharing them with other people exploring the possibility of membership by offering some Pathways to Membership sessions.
In general, membership at TJUC involves:
- being in sympathy with the purposes and program of this congregation
- being willing to support the church by sharing your time and skills, and by making a financial contribution
- signing the Membership Book in the Gathering Space when you wish to make your commitment formal.
Members vote on such things as TJ’s annual budget, calling a minister, and electing the Board. Members are eligible to hold elected positions at TJ.
After signing our Membership Book, you will have the opportunity to be welcomed as a member as part of a Sunday service.
We hope that as you come to learn more about us and feel more at home, you will want to become a member of this community of open hearts, inquiring minds, and helping hands.
Our welcome to new members:
(Congregation:) We welcome you to our church
and to the challenges and comforts it provides.
We offer you the freedom to learn and grow,
and the support of the community in times of doubt or need.
We invite you to join with us in making religion
not just the words we say,
but the ways in which we live and attend to the needs of our spirits.
We call upon you to live up to the best that is within you,
and in turn remind us of our pledge to do the same.
We have made a place of service and commitment,
of celebration and commemoration, of affirmation and responsibility,
and we are proud and grateful that you have chosen freely
to join and enhance this church.
(New Members:) With the gifts of a book and a rose,
we enter a community with roots in history and hope in the future,
a tradition founded in the spirit of freedom and thankfulness,
and in respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
We bring in turn ourselves – our strengths and doubts,
our energies and desires, our ideals and humanity –
And we bring our willingness to explore the opportunities
for involvement and fellowship this community provides.
(All:) We join together to encourage and inspire, to share and belong,
To encounter the wonder and mystery of life,
And to make for ourselves and for our children
A church that is worthy of our love and loyalty.