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Meet and Greet with Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Newcomers are encouraged to attend a Meet and Greet with the Minister. These one-hour sessions are typically held monthly after worship, starting at 12:15 pm on a Sunday. They provide a basic introduction to First Unitarian and Unitarian Universalism. Watch the Weekly Update (aka eblast) for the next session.

Becoming a Member

The First Unitarian Church of Orlando 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 person 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 First Unitarian, 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 by attending a Journey to Membership Series*.

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. After that, in 30 days, 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, please speak with our Membership Chair, Marty Haddad, or email members@orlandouu.org.


* Journey to Membership Series are typically held twice a year and consist of a Friday evening session and a Saturday morning session. Those choosing to become members meet congregational leaders at a New Member Potluck Dinner and then are welcomed in a simple ceremony during a Sunday morning worship service.