Coming to Unitarian Universalism
Studies show that those who enter our doors are looking for a place:
- Of stability and challenge
- That feels like “home”
- To be recognized and personally welcomed
- To make a difference
Feeling comfortable within a new community means different things to various people and often does not occur right away. Our members interpret our faith in many different ways.
What Does Membership in this Church Mean?
We are historically a ‘Free Church,’ a place where people join together in ‘covenantal relationship.’ We have faith in one another and value differences in beliefs and orientation – whether they relate to theology, politics, gender, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Being a member of UUCMP or any Unitarian Universalist congregation means belonging to a church that doesn’t require members to adhere to a creed, dogma, belief system or ‘one true way,’ but rather to bring many versions of truth into the conversation. We hope everyone makes the choice to become a member with integrity; not feeling compelled to check one’s intelligence, conscience, history, or affiliations at the door. Being a member means graciously and lovingly creating a larger truth that emerges when we bring our hearts, minds, and hands together.
Our institution is committed to helping you feel welcome with:
- Greeters who will welcome you and answer questions about who we are and how things work at Sunday services.
- Friendly people who will check to see if you need more information.
- DVDs that offer a bigger picture of what Unitarian Universalism is.
- Classes and activities through the week that reveal who we are and what we stand for.
We strongly encourage all potential members to attend an orientation event, usually offered on a Sunday after services. Those thinking about becoming members may also schedule a meeting with Rev. John Buehrens.