The work of this church is to create loving community, inspire spiritual growth, and encourage lives of integrity, joy, and service. The members recognize in each other freedom of mind, agree to impose no theological conditions of membership, and respect differences of opinion among us. We welcome to our membership all those who love truth and seek to do good.
Guests are always welcome to participate in our services and programs, contribute in the life of UUCB and draw strength from it. But there may come a time when you feel the need to deepen your connection to UUCB and acknowledge that bond. When you hear a voice inside say, "This is my spiritual home," and no longer view yourself as a guest here, it may be time to think about becoming a member.
Members may call on the ministers for consultations and ceremonies without fee. Those who have been members for at least 60 days may vote in church meetings. After one year members are eligible for election to the Board of Trustees. Your membership includes subscriptions to the UUCB monthly newsletter, Beacon on the Hill; Pathways, our biannual publication of classes and workshops; and to the national Unitarian Universalist Association's, UU World. You will be enrolled in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), headquartered in Boston, as well as the Pacific Central District (PCD) of the UUA, and we hope you will be inspired to attend the annual PCD conference and UUA General Assembly.
Participate regularly in Sunday Services. Small miracles happen every Sunday. Your presence is a meaningful addition to this community’s energy and power. A word, the silence, music or a song may be a healing, encouraging or transformative moment for you. Or maybe you will be the one to reach out warmly to welcome someone new, offer an affirming look or say a transforming word to someone. A small miracle may happen through you.
If you are interested in joining UUCB, please attend a Pathways to Membership meeting. Led by one of our Co-Ministers and the Membership Chair, this class is a 30-minute orientation to Unitarian Universalism, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and this congregation. The "Integrity of Membership" sheet (available on the Information Table in the Atrium) will be discussed, and you will have a chance to ask any questions you might have. This class is held once a month after the 11:00 am service, usually in the Fireside Room.
Three or four times a year we officially welcome new members into the congregation with a Welcoming Ceremony during the Sunday service. Welcoming Day begins with a New Member Breakfast where you will meet other new members. You will also be invited to a Newcomers potluck supper and a Friday evening reception at Revs. Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway's home.
If you are thinking about becoming a member or have any questions, please contact our Membership Committee Chair, Sara Roberts, who may be contacted through the church office at (510) 525-0302, or Alisa Gould Sugden, Membership Administrator, at (510) 525-0302, ext. 306.
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