Membership

Becoming a member of Summit UU Fellowship represents a deepening participation in the life and mission of the congregation. Members are encouraged to become involved in community meetings, learning groups, and social action events. They are invited to consider ways in which their gifts and talents can contribute to the building up of the Summit community and the larger mission of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Annually members and friends of the Fellowship are asked to make a financial pledge to support its operations and special projects.

Steps to Membership:

  • People interested in learning more about Summit are encouraged to speak with our minister and attend an informal Saturday-morning class for inquirer’s and prospective members that takes place every three or four months. The class provides helpful information about the history of Unitarian Universalism, the history of Summit Fellowship, opportunities for involvement, and how Summit is governed and financed.
  • When someone is ready to join, he or she may speak with the minister about his or her readiness to join, and express a willingness to abide by the Covenant of our UU Principles and Purposes and our Congregational Covenant of Right Relations. Beyond that, the basic requirements of membership are to:
    • Sign our membership book
    • Make a financial contribution of record each year
  • Four times each year new members are collectively welcomed in a special ritual of recognition on at Sunday morning service.

The Rights and Responsibilities of Membership:

  • Members work together to work toward fulfillment of the Fellowship’s mission: “In spiritual community, we are committed to building a compassionate, just and sustainable world.”
  • Members covenant with the Fellowship to practice the principles and purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association and Summit’s own Covenant of Right Relations.
  • Members have voice and vote in all congregational meetings, where important decisions are made about who our leaders are, how the fellowship will be governed, and what the annual budget will be for the coming fiscal year.
  • Members receive a monthly copy of the UU World, an informative and thought-provoking magazine published by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • Members are eligible and can apply to the Denominational Connections Committee to represent Summit Fellowship as voting delegates at the annual district and general assemblies of the UUA.

If you are interested in joining, please speak with Summit’s Minister the Rev. Frank Placone-Willey, or contact Michelle Beauchamp, chair of the Membership Committee.

 

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