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BECOMING A MEMBER

The First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) has both members and friends. Members are those people who’ve chosen to take the steps, defined by our Bylaws, to become formal voting members of the congregation. There are many people who attend worship and are involved in the community that are not formal members. These people are our friends—and it’s great to have friends. But congregations also need members—people who feel ready to make a special commitment to this congregation. This level of commitment is good for the congregation, of course, but it is also a joy for the persons making the commitment when they are ready to do so because they believe that have found their spiritual home.

When people are interested in membership at 1U, we recommend a couple of things. First, we suggest that they participate in our community long enough to be sure that this is really a commitment that they wish to make. Second, we ask that they make sure that they understand the basics of both First Unitarian and Unitarian Universalism. One way to do this is to attend our Inquirers Series, which we offer twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

Formally, the process of joining involves being at least 18 years old, signing the book of membership, and making a financial pledge. The membership will be accepted and registered at a meeting of the Board of Trustees and, 30 days after that, the person has the right to vote at meetings of the congregation, as well as to hold elected office.

When you are ready to become a member, email members@orlandouu.org.

INQUIRERS SERIES — Offered in the Spring and Fall

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Join us for these six sessions as we explore the history and practice of our free faith. These sessions are drop-in friendly — join us when you can in Classroom A of Gore Hall from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Check the Weekly Update for dates when these sessions are held.

Topics Covered

  • Questions and Answers with the Membership Team
  • History — Principles and Sources
  • Faith Development — Children and Adults (Covenant Groups, Small Groups)
  • Social Action and Community Service
  • Membership and Congregational Life (Covenant, Governance, Membership, Stewardship)
  • Welcome to 1U Member Recognition during the Sunday Worship Service
Spring 2020 Sessions

March 8 – UU History: learn more about the history of this congregation and Unitarian Universalism roots.

(Date to be determined) – Faith Development & Social Justice: further explore the foundations and actions of Unitarian Universalism.

(Date to be determined) – Membership & Congregational Life: learn more about Congregational Life and becoming a member.

GETTING TO KNOW 1U

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Want to know more about 1U specifically? You are invited to bring your coffee and snacks to “Getting to Know 1U,” held periodically in Classroom A. (Check the Weekly Update for upcoming dates.)

Meet with the 1U Membership Team and Rev. Sam to learn about Unitarian Universalism and hear more about 1U! Bring your questions and get connected. Childcare is available in the Nursery.

OUR MEMBERSHIP TEAM