If you are beginning to feel at home here, the All Souls Membership Committee invites you to come to our Considering Membership workshop. This workshop is designed to help you find deeper connection and insight into our Unitarian Universalist community at All Souls. The workshop will provide information to those who may be considering a deeper commitment to Unitarian Universalism and the All Souls congregation. Are you considering becoming a member of All Souls? Would you like to learn more about what it means to be a member of the All Souls community? Or maybe you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the Unitarian Universalist faith. If so, "Considering Membership" is the place to be.
Our next membership class will be held Saturday, April 14th from 9:30 - 2:30. Childcare and lunch will be provided. Watch for details in the All Souls weekly e-blast, monthly newsletter, on Facebook and in the Order of Service. New Member Sunday will be May 20 , 2018. For more information, please contact Jim Perkins at: ExploringAllSouls@gmail.com
Ultimately, we designed the workshop to offer you a process of discernment in your search for a spiritual home. We’ll share conversation and learn about each other’s journeys to All Souls. We’ll explore the history and values of the UU faith tradition; get to know Reverends Carolyn Patierno and Caitlin O’Brien; and enjoy the opportunity to befriend other kindred spirits. We invite you to join us for this workshop to discover more - we'd love to get to know you!
Jim Perkins, Membership Chair
And the All Souls Membership Team
Welcoming New Members
At All Souls New London, we take membership seriously. We are self governed and self sustaining, and our congregation exists because members are actively engaged in all aspects of congregational life. They participate in worship, in programming and events, and in the democratic process by which we govern ourselves. Members carefully tend to the stewardship of our finances, our buildings, and the care of each other. Through all of this, we work to live out our Unitarian Universalist values and the mission and vision of All Souls. Our expectations for members include:
Presence, Participation, Practice and Pledge.
Presence: We expect members to attend worship services regularly. Reverend Carolyn Patierno calls this “Showing Up.” Your presence is important, and we miss you when you’re not there. Sometimes showing up is not just for you – someone else may need your presence. And the more you are present, the more connected you will be to the congregation.
Participation: We expect members to participate in the life of All Souls. Join a ministry team or committee; teach a Religious Education class; sing with the choir; offer to be a coffee host or bring snacks for coffee hour; become part of a Small Group Ministry group; help with the gardens; sign up to bring flowers for a worship service. Participate at a level that works for you, knowing that at different stages in our lives we have more or less time to give to these things. You may wish to start slowly by volunteering for one-time events or by saying “yes” when volunteers are needed.
Practice: We expect that members will practice their religion. Engaging in a personal spiritual practice such as meditation, prayer, or journal writing is one way to do this. Or you may choose to practice your religion by putting your beliefs and values into action through social justice work or through caring and ministry to others. There are many ways that you may choose to live out your Unitarian Universalist principles in daily life.
Pledge: We expect our members to financially support the vision and mission of All Souls by making an annual financial pledge. Each member determines for him or herself the level at which he or she is able to pledge. We ask that members work toward a goal of 5% of net income, but you are welcome to give to the extent that your circumstances allow.
Please note: In order to vote at congregational meetings, a person needs to have been a member for 60 days and to have made a contribution of record within the past year.
In summary – Presence, Participation, Practice and Pledge
Ten Good Reasons For Joining A Unitarian Universalist Congregation
by Bill and Barbara Hamilton-Holway and Mark Harris
Because here we join with open hearts and minds to worship together, seeking what is sacred among us.
Because here we are part of a long, liberal tradition of reason and tolerance, of hope and liberation.
Because here we honor our Jewish and Christian roots, and also reach out to know the great truths found in other religious expressions.
Because here we acknowledge that revelation is never sealed and empower ourselves to search for new truths.
Because here we nurture our children's enthusiasms and encourage their questions.
Because here we welcome diverse people and views.
Because here we join our strength with others to create a more just society.
Because here we respect the whole self - mind, body, and spirit working together.
Because here we encourage each other to be true to ourselves.
Because here we build a supportive community that eases our loneliness and opens our hearts.