Expectations of Members
We expect our members “to participate actively in the Church’s activities and to make a financial pledge of support in their name to the Church each fiscal year.”
— Second Unitarian bylaws
Participate in the Church’s Activities
Here are some recommendations on how to participate so that you can make a difference not only in your own life but in the lives of the members of this church and in the larger community.
- Attend church regularly. Church attendance enables you to connect with others and with the spiritual life of this religious community. Sermons that challenge the mind, the heart and the conscience encourage you to live your principles throughout the week.
- Pursue your own spiritual growth. We encourage you to explore your unique theology, to seek your own understanding of your life’s purpose and meaning through the support of a loving and thoughtful religious community. We offer various avenues for your exploration: classes, Meditation Group, Writing for Spiritual Growth, or through the many books in our library.
- Attend congregational meetings. Inform yourself about the issues before the congregation and vote according to your conscience and for the greater good of the community.
- Serve your church and the larger community.
- Join a Hospitality Team. We request that new members join a Hospitality Team to assist with Sunday services by greeting guests, ushering and providing refreshments after the service. A team serves once every other month, just six times per year.
- Put your faith into action. We encourage members to care for one another and care for our religious community as a whole. Many also participate in our social justice ministry with the larger community.
Make a Financial Pledge and Contribution
Members are expected to make a financial pledge upon joining and thereafter each spring during our annual pledge drive. There is no set amount that you must pledge, but we ask that your contribution represent an amount judged by you to be a fair share of the church’s needs, in light of your income and means, and the fact that generous contributions in the past have sustained and built the church we enjoy today. To fulfill your pledge, you may spread out your financial contributions throughout the year. Learn More
Ebb and Flow
It is understood your ability to participate and to give financially will ebb and flow, but participate and give fully when you can. Know that your giving and participation will help assure your community will continue to be there, both for when you need it and for future generations.