We hope you have found your spiritual home here and you will choose to become a member and journey with us. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a member of our congregation is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.
As a member of the church you have the right to vote at all congregational meetings and elections. And, if you wish, can be nominated and elected to serve on any standing committee. Only members are counted by our denomination in its annual survey.
Non-members are welcome to participate in many areas of church life but membership allows us to “stand and be counted” as a liberal religious body so that we may have more influence in making real the values and vision we have for ourselves and the world around us.
What does membership mean?
There is no test for membership, but membership is not taken lightly; the responsibilities of membership include supporting the church with one’s heart, soul, mind and finances. Voting members are individuals who are 16 years old or older, who have signed the Membership book, and who make a regular recorded financial contribution to the Church.
- Membership means making a commitment to participate regularly, and to make an annual financial contribution.
- Membership means seeking your own spiritual truth and offering support and encouragement to others as they seek their truth.
- Membership means opening yourself to opportunities for spiritual growth.
- Membership means seeking to understand and celebrate diversity.
- Membership means speaking your truth with love and respect and listening with an open heart and mind.
Becoming a Member
Come in, you and your heart and know that you are home.
Becoming a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta means you are committed to the principles, values and life attitudes Unitarian Universalism embraces. It is a public declaration that you stand with a group of people who have a liberal religious view. It is a commitment to support and encourage one’s own and others’ efforts to grow spiritually and to support the congregation’s mission and vision in the wider world.
As a member of this congregation, you will be expected to become actively involved in the life of the congregation and its ministries. All members are asked to reflect on their life circumstances, their spiritual goals and to make a serious commitment to serving the mission and purpose of the church.
Expectations of Membership
Worship and the Celebration of Life -- Attending worship regularly, participating in life passages, community rituals and activities, etc.
Spiritual Growth -- Cultivation of your spiritual life: for example, participating in our learning community, joining a covenant group, personal meditation, prayer, etc.
Shared Ministry -- Serving the community within and beyond the church walls. For example, teaching religious education, providing pastoral care, participating in worship, working for justice, volunteering for a committee or council, taking a position of leadership, involvement in community service projects, serving lunch, ushering, etc.
Stewardship -- Taking care of what we value and enabling it to improve and grow. For example, making a stewardship pledge by giving a regular amount of your income, caring for our buildings and grounds, participating in our Capital Campaign, etc.
Living Our Faith -- Living out Unitarian Universalism through our mission and covenant. For example, practicing our principles in daily life, voting at congregational meetings, getting involved in justice work, supporting our Welcoming Congregation and Journey Toward Wholeness anti-racism, anti-oppression, multicultural initiatives, etc.
Sharing the Vision -- Letting others know about the transformative power of Unitarian Universalism.
There are many ways to prepare for membership. While you are welcome to join the congregation at any time, you are also invited to take whatever time you need to discern whether UUCA is your spiritual home. Below are some of the ways you can prepare for membership and/or deepen your membership commitment when you join the church. Learn More About New Member Programs.
Preparing for Membership
- Speak with someone from our Membership Team to learn more about the meaning and expectations of membership.
- Attend a Pathway to Membership session. This is an informal opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the history of our congregation. Our minister conducts these sessions bi-monthly.
- Spend some time reflecting within yourself about what it will mean to you to commit to being a member of this church. How will you want to help make the mission and goals of this institution real? Does the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augustga feel like your spiritual home? How might you want to invest your own gifts of time, talent and treasure to support our mission?
How to Join
- Sign the membership book. It is available most Sundays to sign. Your signature must be witnessed by a member of the Board of Trustees or staff member.
- Participate in a New Member Welcome Ceremony. This ritual allows our congregation to welcome those who have decided to become members of our church family by signing the membership book. The New Member Welcome Ceremony is held during a Sunday morning service, and participation is voluntary.