This three-part Newcomer Orientation workshop series called “Belonging” is designed to help you decide whether or not this is the congregation you have been looking for, one in which you can truly belong, contribute, learn and grow as your spiritual journey continues. You can attend Parts I, II and III (preferably in order) whenever you are ready, even months or years apart. Part III includes the opportunity to join the congregation by signing our membership book and making a pledge. Annually, this year on April 14, we welcome all new members as part of a New Member Sunday service dedicated to the celebration of covenant and community. Though the orientation series focuses on the experience of newcomers, any member or friend of the Fellowship is encouraged to attend any session. Anyone who wishes to become a member is strongly encouraged to attend all three, but other arrangements are possible in consultation with the minister.
Part I: Connecting
In Part I we welcome you and your family, answer any questions you might have and suggest some ways to connect with others in the congregation as you continue to get to know us. Rev. Margie, staff members and membership leaders attend this session and join others in the group in sharing the stories of how we came to this Fellowship and to Unitarian Universalism. You’ll receive a packet of information that identifies specific ways to get involved.
Date and time: Thursday, December 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Part II: Deepening
Part II offers more information about the history and theology of UUism, using handouts, video and discussion. We also talk about this congregation, its history and the symbols, values, vision, mission and the covenants we share. In Part I, we had the opportunity to share what brought each of us to this place and moment. In Part II, we turn our attention to the future, asking “What needs to happen next for you and how can we support your progress toward your vision of a meaningful life?” The packet of materials you receive will include ideas for ways to deepen your engagement here, moving you forward on your path in “purposeful companionship” with others.
Date and time: Sunday, December 8, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Part III: Belonging
In Part III we explore what it really means to be a member of this congregation. The discussion part of this session focuses on the core human need to belong, and the balance we seek here between the autonomy of each individual and our responsibility to the common good, both within our congregation and beyond its walls. Those who wish to “sign the book” will be welcomed to do so in a short ceremony. We’ll take pictures of new members and ask you to write a short bio for our newsletter The Unicorn.
As a part of our discussion of the rights and responsibilities of membership, we talk about the importance of pledging one’s time, talent and treasure to this community. We ask that those who feel they are ready to “sign the book” and join us as voting members of the congregation come prepared to make a financial pledge for the remaining fiscal year, if you have not already done so. We provide some information to help you think about an appropriate pledge—one that feels right and good to you, given your unique circumstances
Date and time: Sunday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. - noon.