Joining Ceremony at CUUC
Next Pathways Class: Saturday, May 4th,
9 am - 1 pm
For those that decide they would
indeed like to join our membership, this class is the first
requirement. We talk about what you'd like to know including
UU history, how our church operates, and our long range UU
mission. We also serve a great lunch for you and your
family. Childcare is also provided. We will
talk about pledging and how you would like to volunteer your
We request four hours of your time as a minimum. Becoming a
member is optional at the end of this class and one may join
at any time after attending.
More information on the Pathways Class
HERE, or contact
Mardi at 720-638-0277
simple act of signing your name in the membership book can be a deeply
significant decision. Becoming a member not only enables you to participate in
congregational votes, but also can express a personal commitment to participate
in sharing your talents, your resources,
and your energy with others in a quest that is spiritual as well as practical,
personal as well as social, individual as well as institutional. Unitarian
Universalism challenges you to consider how your beliefs about human nature,
evolution, and divine revelation affect your attitude toward yourself and
others, and how those beliefs influence what you do.
Universalist minister Jack Mendelsohn reminds us that, “Inscribing your name
does not transform you into an instant or born-again Unitarian Universalist. Our
religious way of life is not so much an arriving as a becoming—an ongoing
process of thought and life experience. Joining for you may mean fresh steps
along a familiar path. It may mean venturing in uncharted territory. In either
case, the initiative is yours. You do not sign on someone else’s dotted line
of spiritual development, and there is no fine print. Your signature is your
affirming symbol of commitment to an open-minded, inclusive, reasoned, seasoned,
compassionate and contemporary approach to life.”
Universalist societies come in a great variety of shapes and sizes with a wide
range of programs and special interests. The essence of each is as unique as the
people who comprise the congregation, but there are common concerns and
fundamental principles that hold them together. As Marjorie Achley says,
“Perhaps you have been looking for a church where:
doubts are not ridiculed.
guilts are lightened.
griefs are comforted.
joys are celebrated.
children are taught all religions.
talents are nurtured.
concerns are shared.
reason is honored.
friendships are deepened.
love of art and beauty is expanded.
need to serve others is fostered.
need to laugh is encouraged.
individual decision is treasured.
you have been looking for the Unitarian Universalist Church. These are our
aspirations. If they are yours, come join and help us achieve them.”
may be new to Unitarian Universalism or to a particular congregation or you
may have participated for a long time. Unitarian Universalism is gathering
strength as each person who shares this religious perspective makes the
commitment to become a member and to be counted for freedom and religious
Universalist minister A. Powell Davies wrote, “When you find a church which
expresses the outlook and values you yourself hold as vital, you are depriving
both yourself and those values of needed strength if you fail to identify
yourself with that church. Joining a church such as ours means essentially three
You are in fundamental sympathy with the principles of freedom and reason
in religion and life. This is the basis for our creedless church.
You commit yourself to the importance of an organized religious
fellowship. Ideas and ideals must have a vehicle, and embodiment in the world.
People who think and work together for the values in which they believe have a
better chance of achieving them than people who do not.
You accept the responsibilities
that go with membership in any human community. Within the limits of your
ability and in line with your personal choice, you are ready to give energy,
time, money, and best thought to the furthering of the ideas you prize.”
signing the membership book in a Unitarian Universalist society you offer to
share your gifts, your talents, and your time as well as your own personal needs
and limitations. You and other members of the congregation will nurture and
support each other’s religious growth and work together to create an
environment that is warm and caring.
Unitarian Universalist society you join will not have the answers to the
unanswerable questions, but you will find people there who value intellect,
independence, and imagination. Here you will
find people who also value self-respect, beauty, and inner harmony. People who
hold a firm belief in personal integrity and freedom need to join with others
for the preservation of these values.
are invited to add your name to the membership book of a Unitarian Universalist
society and join your enthusiasm with others’ to create an effective
religious community. Here, with people of all ages and races, you will have a
place where you can broaden your vision, where you can share both life’s
happiest and saddest moments, and where you can work together with others to
bring peace and justice to the world.