The Membership Committee has two main purposes:
- To attract and welcome newcomers to the church and help them integrate into the life of the church
- To foster among members a strong sense of ownership of our congregation by using the interests and skills of individuals and groups and acknowledging and celebrating their accomplishments.
Chair: Keith Wilkinson
The work of the Membership Committee is carried out by several small sub-groups responsible for:
- Attracting and welcoming visitors and newcomers
- Planning and conducting new U orientation
- Integrating/retaining members (Connect and Engage sub-committee)
- Membership records management
Committee members appreciate hearing from congregation members who have suggestions and comments that may help new members to become more involved in the life of our community.
New U Sub-Committee
The New U sub-committee presents New U-In-A-Day sessions, usually twice a year, on a Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. The sessions are intended for:
- Anyone who wants to learn more about Unitarian Universalism in general and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver in particular
- Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of our congregation
The sessions include:
- Unitarian history and theology
- The story of our own church
- A tour of the buildings and grounds
It’s a great time to get to know other newcomers and some current church members and to explore your own beliefs and spiritual journey.
Attendees of New U-In-A-Day will be invited to join the congregation by signing the Membership Book during an informational breakfast meeting held two or three weeks later. Contact Dianne Crosbie.
The Connect and Engage sub-committee helps new members find the right places to get involved in the congregation. The goals are to:
- Provide resources and ongoing support for those wishing to be connected to programs or committees
- Respond to email and phone inquiries from new members
- Maintain a list of members who have joined in the past five years and sends occasional messages inviting engagement
- Provide introductions among new members and the individuals and groups that can help them get connected with particular opportunities
Current initiatives include: coordinating social dinners, encouraging covenant group development, promoting groups such as men’s and women’s groups. On occasion a leadership mentorship program is offered pairing new members with experienced members.
Membership Records Sub-Committee
If you have skills and interest in managing data, you’d be welcome to work with this small group that helps to keep our membership records current. Some church programs and expenses are directly related to our official membership numbers, so keeping good records helps to ensure that we are able to meet member needs as well as contain our overall expenses.
Chinese language inclusion
In 2012, in an effort to reach out to Metro Vancouver Chinese-speaking residents and visitors who share Unitarian Universalist values and are seeking a supportive community of shared values, the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (UCV) adopted the Chinese name (pronounced Xun dao hui), a translation meaning Seekers of the Way, which we believe is an accurate description of our worldview.
Although our worship services are currently delivered in English only, with the help of a team of interpreters from different parts of the world, we have prepared a Chinese-language brochure (in both simplified and traditional scripts) that describes Unitarian principles and sources, and provides links to Unitarian Universalist materials available in Chinese elsewhere in the world.