Become a Member
The members of East Shore Unitarian Church invite you to explore membership in our congregation. We offer a liberal religious community in which people freely explore, develop and celebrate the meanings, values and purposes of their lives. Why join?
- To affirm the purposes and principles of our free religious tradition.
- To enjoy a community of kindred spirits with whom they feel safe, welcomed, appreciated, and respected.
- To experience spiritual growth for themselves and their children.
- To find beliefs and values put into action through social outreach and education.
We require no creedal tests and no professions of dogma or doctrine. For us, membership is a covenant to walk together in fellowship and love. We ask only for an honest desire to participate in and support the life and work of the congregation.
Your Path To Membership
Get to Know Us
Attend worship services, introduce your children to Religious education, participate in East Shore’s variety of activities, read the East Shore Beacon and the Adult Programs Guide.
Attend an East Shore and You class
These classes are held 3-4 times a year and are run by our Membership Development Manager, our Minister, and the chair of our Membership team. This class is a way for you to learn more about East Shore Unitarian Church, that can help you decide if we are the right congregation for you! The class is about 1.5 hours long, and can answer all your questions both about East Shore and about Unitarian Universalism (if you are new to the faith).
If at the end of the class, you are ready to join East Shore, we will be having a New Member Signing celebration during worship a few weeks following the class. There, you will sign the book and officially become a member. We do want to stress that coming to this class doesn’t mean you have to join, rather it is a great way to get to know East Shore better so you can make the best decision for you.
New Member Signing
A few weeks after an East Shore and You class, there is a New Member Signing. This is a Sunday where new members are recognized in worship, and also sign the membership book.
In the Spring, the Operating Fund Drive will pass out pledge cards to all members, this helps us plan our budget for our upcoming fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Pledging is an important part of membership, and a requirement to continue being an active voting member of the East Shore community.
If you are interested in becoming a member of East Shore or have questions about membership, contact our Membership Development Manager, Nicole Duff.