We welcome all those who are
interested in our church, our programs, and our faith. As you get
to know us and we get to know you, we’ve found it helpful to use
descriptive categories for the stages of your relationship with the
We use these designations on the nametags worn typically at
Sunday services to help welcome newer people into the community and
integrate them into the congregation. It is not necessary to
proceed through all categories to become a Member of the church.
All church programs and activities are open to anyone.
A person who is attracted to the Unitarian
Universalist religion; one who is visiting the church for the first
time, attending services and/or other activities over a period of
about two months.
• Inquiring Friend:
A person whose interest is growing, and
who is taking the time to explore his or her relationship with this
church community in some depth before designating UUCA as
“religious home.” Inquiring Friends are encouraged to participate
in all church activities and may be asked to volunteer their time
for one church event or another. We encourage Inquiring Friends to
contribute financially. We believe that involvement, attendance and
support will lead to an understanding of our values and principles,
and a sense of belonging. After nine months, Inquiring Friends will
be asked if they would like to affiliate with the church on a
permanent basis as an Active Friend or a Member.
A person who is active in the life of the church,
but is not yet ready to take the step to Membership. Friends are
asked to make an annual financial pledge to the church.
A person who fully identifies himself/herself as a
Unitarian Universalist, who accepts and supports the basic
philosophy, purposes, and work of this church, and who has signed
the Membership Book. A Member has the privilege of voting at
officially-called congregational meetings, and may serve as a
Trustee, an Officer, or another representative of the church.
Church facilities are available free of charge to Members for
weddings, memorial services, and other ceremonies of passage.
Members are required to make an annual financial pledge to the
• Pink Triangles:
Homosexual men and women were forced to
wear pink triangles during the Holocaust just as Jews were forced
to wear yellow Stars of David. Today the pink triangle is worn to
signal solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
members of our church and our community.
The rainbow is a more positive alternative to
the pink triangle. It also expresses solidarity with the diverse
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.
• I’m Committed:
These stickers indicate participation in
the 2008-2009 Stewardship Campaign. Some congregation members still
show stickers from previous campaigns.