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Become a Member

Welcome!

Becoming a member of First Church is a process, not an event. It’s a good idea to attend worship services for at least three months in order to get to know the nature of the community, the theology and the history of Unitarian Universalism before becoming a church member. Membership is a sacred and transformative process and members are asked to participate in church life as fully as possible by carrying out our shared mission of creating compassionate justice in our society and on our planet.

Some people choose to make this their church home by making a financial pledge of support, and/or getting involved in many activities, but never become a formal member. You do not need to be a member in order to attend worship services or participate in religious education or any number of church activities. Other people feel it is important to create a formal relationship that affirms their liberal religious values and principles by becoming a member. Church membership is indeed transformative, and taken very seriously.

To become a church member, our church constitution requires you to sign a Bond of Union and make a pledge of financial support. Our church is self-sustaining and all members contribute time, talent and treasure by attending services, volunteering and becoming engaged in the many ongoing activities this community offers. While the amount of your pledge is a personal decision, it is hoped that new members will either choose to pledge 5% of their income or give serious consideration to a plan to reach the 5% level in 5 years. If your financial situation makes any contribution impossible, you may make a confidential request for a waiver from one of the ministers.

More information on pledging is given during the monthly Becoming-A-Member orientation, as well as the individual “Get to Know You” meeting during the membership process.

Once an individual determines that this is the right church home for them, the steps to membership are threefold:

• The first step is to complete and turn in a membership form. This form is available in the church office, on the Sunday patio (at the Welcome Table) or by contacting Jenner at jenner@firstuusandiego.org. You can also get this form by attending the Becoming-A-Member orientation – which is the first Sunday of every month following each worship service.

• The second step is to meet the Membership Coordinator (Jenner) or the Membership Chair (James) so that we can get to know you, answer your questions, and explain the privileges and responsibilities of membership. This half-hour conversation can be arranged to fit your schedule.

• The last step is in the form of two half-hour meetings held back-to-back on the same day. The first meeting is with a generosity volunteer to complete your pledge form (if this has not already been completed) and other paperwork. A pledge must be turned in during this last step. After all the paperwork is completed, you will have a private pastoral meeting with one of our ministers and sign the “Bond of Union”.

Contact Jenner today.

The meaning of membership

To join this church is to become involved in seeking wholeness for yourself and to use your gifts to bring that wholeness to others.
To join this church is to agree to become an active part of a living liberal religious community.
To join this church is to pledge to enter and remain in a continuing, generous dialogue concerning the ways of truth and love.
To join this church is to share in decision making and to pledge to support this church and its work with your gifts of energy and money.
To join this church is to make a public statement that you believe in the power and possibility of truly liberal religious world.

For details about membership, download Becoming a Member (pdf).