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Read one or both of these pamphlets: "Becoming a Member," by Polly Laughland Guild, and "UU Views of Church," by Lawrence X. Peers.

Governance for Unitarian Universalist Congregations is a handbook which has information about both the history and practice of governance.

Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, by Dan Hotchkiss (Alban Institute, 2009) and All Are Chosen: Stories of Lay Ministry and Leadership, Margaret L. Beard and Roger W. Comstock, eds. (Skinner House, 1998) are both available from the online UUA Bookstore.

Ask about visiting a Board or congregational meeting. Most congregations welcome visitors, though they may restrict participation of non-members.

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