November 1, 2004
Many of the documents which are given to visitors/prospective members at
these sessions can be found
elsewhere in this online collection of
A ninety minute introduction to the denomination,
Held in a comfortable room where coffee service
can be made
Packets for each visitor/prospective member:
Tables arranged in L for participants, food table.
Welcome visitors. Explain that participants are free to get
coffee, etc., during the
presentation. Presenters introduce themselves
and talk briefly about why they became
UUs. Go around the room, asking
participants to introduce themselves,
talk about their previous
affiliations and why they're interested
in UU, and, if they
wish to, offer a
question about Unitarian Universalism
answered during the session.
Presenters explain what will be covered
in this session. Announce that our other
introductory session, Welcome
to Our Congregation, which will focus more on the
church itself, will
presented on _______________(date). Announce that a New
Ceremony will be
If you become part of
community whether becoming a member or
not, you will be asked to do
Answer any final questions. If there are any you
can't answer, tell
find the answers for them. Thank all for coming.
them to attend the
second session for newcomers, which focuses on the
local congregation, rather than the
denomination. Give the date. It
material that is mostly different,
to learn and grow
spiritually as a friend or member of this
Packets for each prospective member:
Tables and chairs arranged in L for participants.
Introduce self and other program workers.
Explain that this program
provide visitors and prospective members an
opportunity to learn
each other and the congregation, including its
what it has to offer
they, what they have to offer it. Ask participants
to go around the table and share briefly
where they came from
well as religiously) and what brought
each to this
congregation. (Do this
briefly since it was done more in depth
first session and ideally the
participants attended it also.)
Explanation of childrens'
religious education, including course
material, how classes are divided, Coming
of Age, teen programs, child
safety policies, summer programs, etc. Lifespan
evening or Sunday morning multi-week courses. Topics
to suit a range of
experiences and interests that vary from year to
year. Courses which are especially suited
for newcomers are: A Chosen
History, and Build Your Own Theology.
Show Video Of Congregational Life
(Note: If you have the ability to make a
video of reasonable
congregational events throughout the year it's a
to show, as well as
tell, what your congregation does.)
materials in packet.
Tell participants about websites
UUA's). Minister or Membership Chair
available to answer questions.
What Do You Get Out Of This Church?
What Do You Give To This Community
If you become part of our community
whether becoming a member or
not, you will be asked to contribute time and money
to support it. We
ask that each
person do three things:
How To Join This Congregation
Answer any final questions. Thank attendees for
coming. If they
have not done so, invite them to attend the other orientation
"Welcome to UU" for more information on Unitarian Universalism.
For more information contact interconnections @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
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