Becoming a Member
Joining this congregation means becoming a member of a religious community that is grounded in the long history of Unitarian Universalism. Membership provides a framework for the everyday pursuit of meaning through activities, worship and spiritual and intellectual development. Joining is an expression of commitment to the vision of UUCSR: “we aspire to be a loving religious community where we can grow spiritually and build a more just and joyful world.”
- Enjoy the satisfaction of being actively engaged in a religious community which ministers to personal needs and hopes while being sensitive to our place in the world;
- Experience opportunities to develop relationships of depth and explore questions of ultimate concern;
- Have a vote in congregational meetings that direct the congregation and help to shape its future;
- Are eligible to serve as leadership of the congregation and on select committees;
- Receive a subscription to the bi-monthly magazine The UU World, and to publications from UUCSR;
- Are entitled to services of our ministers for child dedications, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other rites.
- Members of this congregation are enrolled as members of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, the Metro New York District of the UUA and the Long Island Area Council. Members are welcome to participate in conferences, retreats, summer institutes, leadership training, and other events offered each year.
- Participate in Sunday worship and other events which provide a core of common experiences.
- Learn and grow together in a community that is strengthened by understanding of: UU history and traditions; the pursuit of spirituality and a fulfilling spiritual life; lifespan religious education classes and faith development ministries and programs.
- Enjoy right relationships. UU Principles and the UUCSR Mission statement affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. By developing healthy, interpersonal relationships that honor each person’s unique experience and beliefs. Respect and trust guide congregational and personal actions.
- Share congregational ministry. Every person has individual gifts and a unique “calling” to serve the needs of the world. Every member is encouraged to discern their special gifts and find ways to share them.
- Support UUCSR financially. All members make a financial pledge to the congregation every year to support programs and ministries of the Shelter Rock Congregation; Unitarian Universalist work locally, regionally and in the world; Connections to the UU district of Metro NY and Membership in the national Unitarian Universalist Association.
When you feel that you are ready to enter into a relationship with this congregation you need only sign the Membership Book and make a financial commitment. New members are invited to participate in a New Member Recognition Ceremony during a Sunday service and a get-acquainted social event. Becoming a member often follows attendance at a New Member Orientation offered every spring and fall. Enrollment in New Member Orientations are a requirement for membership.
Pledging at UUCSR is required to maintain membership privileges, unless you receive a ministerial waiver. We pledge based on the fiscal year from July 1 - June 30. A pledge campaign begins in the spring for the coming year. There is no minimum commitment, however, and no membership is ever denied due to financial hardship.
Annually, pledges should be submitted before July 1, but we allow a grace period until December 31 for existing members. At least one payment must be made by December 31 or your membership privileges will lapse and will take 60 days to be reinstated after payment is made.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
UUCSR has a Conflict of Interest policy which establishes that what each member chooses to do to benefit the Congregation is done as a volunteer without compensation or financial reward. This policy can be found in UUCSR’s By-laws which are printed in the Membership Handbook.