Becoming a Member

New member ceremony January 2018

You are welcome to spend time with us, ask questions, get involved and when you are ready to join us as a member, we will welcome you.

Here are some of the stories of some of our members and why and how they became a Unitarian.

New Unitarian Orientation

  • Give you a great opportunity to learn, or learn again, about the Unitarian faith
  • Let you meet other newcomers
  • Get you connected with the Membership Committee
  • Give us the opportunity to introduce you to our minister

At a New U orientation session, you will learn about:

  • Unitarian history and values
  • Our congregation’s history and how Vancouver Unitarians worship, teach, serve and work
  • How you can become involved

Anyone simply wishing to know more is welcome to attend as well.

To register for a New U session, visit the Welcome Table in Hewett Hall any Sunday and pick up a New U registration brochure, or call the church office at 604 261-7204.

When and Where

New U sessions are orientation and information sessions usually with 6-12 participants.

All who want to learn more about Unitarianism and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver are invited.

There are one or two sessions each year, held on a Saturday from 9:15 to 2:30. New U in a Day introduces Unitarian history and theology along with the story of our own church and a tour of the buildings and grounds. It’s a great time to get to know other newcomers and church members and to explore your own beliefs.

New U in Day attendees who wish to do so may join the church by signing the Membership Book during an Informational Breakfast meeting held 2 or 3 weeks later.

Our next New U Session

Coffee and Muffins at 9:00 am, a light lunch provided. Child care requests two weeks in advance. Questions, contact Dianne Crosbie.

Making the Decision to Join

After a New U session, many people decide to join the church. Some do not. Some still want to come for a while before deciding on membership. All of you are welcome.

Here is what happens after each New U session:

  • Participants who wish to become members sign the church membership book.
  • Each new member has a get-acquainted meeting with the parish minister, Reverend Steven Epperson.
  • We recognize new members during a Sunday morning service.
  • The Canvass Committee supplies new members with information about pledging a financial contribution.

When You’re Considering Membership

We do want to say up front that membership means a lot to Unitarians. The challenge and power of governance belongs to the congregation. Together, members participate in the democratic process to determine the direction, budget, and priorities of the church. We are a fully self-supporting, non-profit organization. This congregational polity is a cornerstone of Unitarian history and is treasured as both a right and a duty.

“Because I am a member, I don’t just warm a pew – I participate in the process of being a church.”