Although we have three categories of Visitors, Friends, and Members, the more important matter is that all are welcome at all UUCF services and events!
On your first few visits to UUCF, we will ask you to fill out a temporary name badge. (We ask all of members and friends to wear name badges as well, so everyone else will be wearing a name tag as well. We seek to be a community where each person is known by name and missed when absent.) We will also invite you to fill out a Visitor Information Form. We would also be glad to tell you more about our congregation, introduce any children to our Director of Religious Education, or help connect you with any of our programs that you may find of interest. You are also invited at anytime to make an appointment with our to share more of your story, asks any questions you may have, and learn more about the congregation.
If you begin to participate regularly, we will be glad to make a permanent name badge for you. At this point, we will begin listing your name in our UUCF Directory.
To become an official member, we ask that you attend our "UUCF 101: Pathways to Membership" class (which is offered approximately 5 times each year), sign our Membership Book, and complete a Member Information Form.Thirty days after signing the Membership Book, you become a Voting Member and are eligible to vote at congregational meetings.
During each calendar year, all UUCF Members are required to make at least one “contribution of record,” which can be either:
- financial - a donation connected to your name, which can include check, credit card, cash in an envelope with your name on it (available each Sunday morning on the table immediately outside the sanctuary with the Order of Service), or a recommendation to a donor-advised fund) or
- time & talent - volunteerism connected to your name though emailing the UUCF Treasurer () with a brief description of at least one aspect your volunteering. Among many possible examples, volunteering at UUCF can include teaching a Religious Education class, assisting with a social event, contributing musically or artistically, participating on a team or committee, showing up to act for peace and justice, working with our Facilities Manger on buildings and grounds projects, helping with office and administrative tasks, etc.
Welcoming Litany for New Members
It is important to recall on such occasions what makes Unitarian Universalism a non-creedal--but rather covenantal--religious movement. In the words of a former president of the UUA, "The memory we seek to embody is of forebears wise enough to put aside the creedal question of 'What do we all believe in common?' for more profound, covenantal questions:
- How shall we treat and help one another here?
- What hopes might we share?
- What promises shall we make to help deepen one another's lives in the time we have?"
New Members: As free individuals, we enter into a covenant with the members of this congregation, promising our mutual trust and support.
Current Members: We have known you as friends, and we welcome you as members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. We celebrate your decision to journey with us, and promise you our mutual trust and support.
(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/membership.)