The decision to become a member represents recognition that, in the Unitarian Society of New Haven, you have found a spiritual home. The decision to become a member is often rightly a joyful one. It is also one that should not be taken lightly, for it signals your commitment to your ongoing spiritual growth and to the shared stewardship of USNH.
A strong and healthy congregation depends on members who are committed not just to the experiences that please them, but to embodying our Unitarian Universalist Principles, understanding the history and polity (institutional structure and governance) of Unitarian Universalism and their place in it, and helping to shape and live the mission of the congregation by giving of their time, talents and financial support.
Members are not consumers of services, but people committed to deepening their spiritual lives through on-going participation in worship and spiritual enrichment programs; deepening their Unitarian Universalist identities and their knowledge and understanding of our traditions and values through religious education classes for themselves and their children; and their connection to the community through Small Group Ministries or other programs of the Society. While all are welcome to benefit from these opportunities, members understand themselves as committed stewards of USNH, who share responsibility for the institution and its mission.
Becoming a Member of USNH
We are glad you are considering membership at USNH! You are encouraged to spend several months participating as fully as you are able in the life of the congregation. We welcome you to join with us as we worship together on Sundays, attend an orientation to membership or other Adult Religious Education course, volunteer your time and talents, join a Small Group meeting or participate in any one of our other programs, all of which are open to members and non-members alike.
Prior to signing the membership book, interested parties should attend a Pathways to Membership orientation and/or a New UU Class and/or meet with the minister. You will then be invited to fill out an “Intent-to-Join” form and discern what your financial commitment to USNH will be.
Three times each year, new members are invited to sign the membership book and are celebrated and formally recognized in a congregational service.
If you are interested in becoming a member of USNH, contact our Congregational Administrator, Jamie Ross, at firstname.lastname@example.org.