Membership

My name is Megan Moyer and I have been a member of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara for more than four years. I love this community and want to tell you why.

In January, 2011, I came to a Sunday service at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara for the first time. I was looking for connection and a way to fill a spiritual void in my life. As I entered the sanctuary, nearly filled, I felt a welcoming energy of anticipation and unity. It appeared that everyone in attendance really wanted to be there. I felt as if the service was speaking directly to me – I felt at home, in sync, and immediately welcomed and valued. I became a member quickly and found not only a home but a place where I could contribute and receive. I found acceptance, with no expectation that I conform to any doctrine. I found a free and open faith whose Seven Principles are in accord with my beliefs and moral compass and a place that allows me to grow personally and spiritually. I found a community that cares about each other and provides safe, healing spaces, a community actively involved in social justice issues, and a community which encourages life- long seeking and learning. I feel so good when I walk into the sanctuary or the campus. I hope you find yourself at home here at the Unitarian Society, too!

Megan Moyer, Membership Coordinator

965-4583 x 221; megan@ussb.org

What do we expect from our members?

There are many reasons for becoming a member of the Unitarian Society, and each person in our congregation adds to the beauty, diversity and strength of this community. We know that you expect a lot from your religious and spiritual home, and in turn, we expect a lot of our members! What do we ask of our members?

Attend: Show up regularly.  Be present with us when you can.  We know that your lives are busy and full, and no one will be angry or disappointed if you are not here every week – but we ask you to make room for this community in your busy lives, and we hope that you will always find your time here nourishing.

Engage: We expect all our members to participate in the life of this community.  Make friends, share your talents.  Take a class. Eat with us, sing with us, learn and grow with us.  Our community is immeasurably richer because you are here.

Pledge: We expect our members to give generously within their means to support the life and work of this church, for it is through our giving that our vision, our dream of a more just and loving world becomes real.  We ask that you give from a place of hope and love, not of obligation.

Discover Yourself: We expect you to remain curious, to keep on searching and to take your own spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth seriously.  Unitarian Universalism is an active religion, not a passive one – and it is up to you to keep asking questions, even the ones that have no answers.  We all teach and learn together around here, and as one of us changes and grows, so do we all.

Live Your Values: Finally, we expect all our members to strive to live our Unitarian Universalist values in the world.  Ours is not just a Sunday morning faith, but an everyday one.  We all fall short of our ideals from time to time, but we can support one another, striving to speak, act, and live from the best of our selves. This is what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and a member of this congregation.

STEPS TO MEMBERSHIP

Attend a Guest Orientation.  Join us in the reception office for a 20 minute introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation.  Orientations occur twice a month, one at 10:30 to 10:50 a.m., and another at 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.  See the Order of Service for dates.

Attend the Path to Membership class.  Learn more and preregister at the Welcome Table on Sundays.

Complete the Enrollment Forms.  Individuals 18 and older are eligible for Membership.  More information will be provided at the Path to Membership class.

Complete the Pledge Form and make your Pledge.  Members play a decisive role in the church’s ability to live out its mission.  Please refer to the giving guide on your Pledge Form and you may also discuss this with our New Member Pledge Steward.

Sign the Membership Record Book at a Signing Ceremony held on the first Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m., in the Reception Office.

Want to find out more?

Sign up for a Path to Membership class, get connected to Volunteer and Participation Opportunities, and find out more about Upcoming Events.

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