Your Pathway to Membership


Welcome Home!

Thank you for considering membership at the UUFP! We're thrilled that you have found a spiritual home with us and are preparing to take this momentous step.

What does membership mean at the UUFP?

Membership means different things to different people. For some, it's a way to outwardly acknowledge an inward commitment to the principles of Unitarian Universalism. For others, it signifies that they have found a spiritual home, and they wish to support the religious education and care their family receives. Some are inspired by our social justice programs and want to continue making a positive difference in our world—while growing closer to the friends they have made here.

Your reasons for becoming a member will likely evolve and expand over time.

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Apart from that, membership confers certain benefits:

  • Ability to serve in certain committee roles and leadership positions
  • Reduced costs for renting UUFP facilities for personal events (e.g., weddings)
  • Waived fees for professional ministerial services (e.g., officiating weddings)
  • A free subscription to UU World magazine
  • A permanent, engraved name tag to wear at services

Members are also expected to participate in the life of the fellowship and contribute time, talent, and treasure to its thriving. This includes making an annual financial pledge, as able. Members typically average about 3% of their income in giving, but no set minimum is required.

Rev. Andrew dedicates a child to the Fellowship.

Rev. Andrew dedicates a child at UUFP.

The ChorUUs sings during Sunday worship.

UUFP members and friends advocate for social justice at the 2017 Women's March in Washington, DC.

Pathways to Membership

Twice a year (typically in February and October), we offer a Pathways to Membership class to introduce potential members to Unitarian Universalism and life at UUFP. Upon conclusion, candidates for membership are invited to sign our membership book. If candidates need more time to consider their decision, they may request to sign the membership book whenever they feel ready. New members are officially recognized and welcomed into the fellowship during Sunday worship. Dates for the Membership class are announced via our Events Calendar and publications.

In the meantime, we warmly invite you to explore these other avenues to membership:

  • Attend Sunday worship, Earth Rising, or Adult Forum
  • Join one of our groups
  • Serve on a caring or social justice team

Remember: Kindness, spiritual care, and community are always available to you at the UUFP, whether or not you pursue membership.


Living Our Values

As UUFP members, each of us is asked to live out the values expressed in our mission:

  • Grow in Wonder - by participating, as able, in church activities such as worship, religious education, and opportunities that expand our minds and hearts.
  • Connect in Love - by sharing light and joy with each other. All members are asked to serve on one of our hospitality teams, which alternate in assisting with Sunday services by greeting visitors, ushering, providing refreshments and cleaning up.
  • Engage in Service - by offering time, talents, and resources to support our UU community and beyond. Members make and pay an annual pledge of financial support.
  • Inspire Generosity - by sharing with others, in word and in deed, what your spiritual community and liberal faith mean to you.

"Generosity is an activity that loosens us up. By offering whatever we can—a dollar, a flower, a word of encouragement—we are training in letting go.” ~ Pema Chodron

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