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Membership in Unitarian Universalist Congregations

Unitarian Universalists take pride in practicing radical hospitality. While other aspects of congregational life can vary, our congregations are all welcoming places for newcomers. You need not be a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation to participate in most aspects of congregational life, from joining in worship to serving on committees.

As a newcomer to the congregation, feel free to attend Sunday worship services and other congregational events to help you get familiar with the congregation. If you wish to make a long-term commitment to your congregation and participate in the business of Unitarian Universalism, you may choose to become a member. 

Unitarian Universalism is organized on the congregational polity model, which gives greatest authority to individual congregations to determine their own affairs. This includes setting their own membership requirements. There is no single or “official” definition of membership. 

In many congregations, you are considered a member when you sign the membership book and pay a  pledge to the congregation. While all congregations rely on financial pledges to support the congregation's continued life and initiatives, some do not require any financial commitment to become a member.

To experience Unitarian Universalism firsthand, we invite you to visit a congregation near you!

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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