Becoming a Member
Take your own time deciding whether to become a member. Ask questions. Tell us about yourself. Spend time with us. We will welcome you, when you are ready.
New U sessions
- 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 New U.
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
The next New U Session will be on a Saturday in February 2018. Coffee and Muffins at 9:00 am, a light lunch provided. Child care requests 2 weeks in advance. Questions, contact Dianne Crosbie at email@example.com or the church office 604 261-7204.
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.”