Become a Member
Currently, anyone over the age of 15 can become a member of CVUUS. Membership has no creedal requirements. Instead, we require that you commit to participating in the life and community of CVUUS, including financial or volunteer support.
Contact Rev. Barnaby to discuss joining CVUUS. We suggest that you attend a “New UU” class to learn more about CVUUS and Unitarian Universalism before you join. They are offered every fall and spring at your convenience online or onsite.
At CVUUS we make a heartfelt effort to welcome all warmly. This includes new visitors, guests from other places, our regularly attending members and friends, and our newest members.
Getting to know visitors and prospective members is a privilege and inspiration, so I strongly recommend that we all seek out these folks to hear their stories, as well as to provide a welcome. Our dedicated greeters are usually able to invite newcomers to sign the Visitors’ Book and make themselves a name tag, but it’s OK to ask if they have done so when you introduce yourself. And if we all try to remember to wear name tags, it makes getting to know each other much easier. (You can make a new one for yourself if your tag is on the kitchen counter at home!)
The path to membership, including New UU classes every Spring and Fall, starts with a visit, one that is welcoming and spiritually appealing. So many of us contribute to that experience. Thus the concept of hospitality as a spiritual practice resonates with me. I invite you all to identify with this concept.
Here’s a request then: If you have any ideas or suggestions about how we can do welcoming better, please feel free to share them with me or any of our friendly and dedicated Sunday greeters. And you are also invited to become a greeter yourself, as your schedule may allow.
The Board welcomed new members who joined in 2019 to a special lunch on Jan 12, 2020 at 11:30 am in Fenn Chapel: Revell Allen, Steve Butterfield, Rosalie Cryan, Avi Freund, Lindsey and Kemi Fuentes-George, Liam Battjes Greenwood, Nathaniel Hutner; Kenneth P. Levine, Tyler McDowell, Terry A. Racich, Dana Roark, Ian Ross, Julia Santere, Esther Thomas, Connor Timmons and Neily Jennings, Helene and Larry Vanderburgh
In hope and gratitude,
Marjorie Carsen, for Membership Ministry
COVID 19 ADJUSTMENT: In ordinary times we would have some gatherings to introduce or refresh understanding of UU history, the background of this congregation, and the amazing spiritual journeys that have led us to CVUUS. Not knowing when we will be able to resume these “New UU ” classes, there may be alternatives, thanks to modern technology, to providing comparable information. At the least, there is our website, and that of the UUA, our national organization. And our Rev. Barnaby may have additional ideas about making such knowledge available in creative ways.
I have been thinking about why someone becomes a CVUUS member, apart from having attended Sunday services more and more frequently, having meaningful conversations with new friends during coffee hour, participating in social action projects and other pathways to Connection, and coming to realize that you have found a spiritual home that suits you. Such is a frequent route to membership– in ordinary times.
On the other hand, you may have just started this route, not yet certain if this will be your spiritual home. Or, you may be in search for a place where you and your children can experience and nurture values that are important to you. And those values may have led to your involvement in community actions where you learned about the role of CVUUS in such social action. There may be some of us who have been active and committed participants in the life of this congregation and realize how important it is to us, when the doors are closed and many activities have been suspended; the idea of official membership may take on a new light. If any of these descriptions fits you, or you have a different perspective, we would be glad to hear from you. And for all who find spiritual inspiration and nourishment in nature, may the arrival of more pleasant spring weather give you cause for gratitude in trying times.