Membership

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our website. We know that searching for a spiritual community during this time of uncertainty can be confusing and difficult. We also know that having a spiritual community during difficult times can alleviate the stress of uncertainty by offering connection and support. We hope that the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville will be your spiritual home during this time and in the future when we can return to worship in our physical space.

Our core values define us as a congregation and direct us in what we do. These values of Connection, Inspiration, Compassion and Justice express who we are and guide the work we do both within our walls and in the greater community. Our members are committed to uplifting the UU values in the work they do for social and environmental justice, spiritual deepening and congregational care.  Whether you are searching for meaning, mending a broken heart, or simply needing some friends who share your values, UUCA is here for you: connecting, caring, and healing.

Even, or maybe especially, during these unusual times, we have found that in community we have the power and the strength to create positive change in the world.  There are opportunities for:

1) worshiping,
2) joining small groups to learn more about this religion, explore life issues, and deepen our spiritual selves,
3) experiencing community through educational programs and service opportunities,
4) taking our faith and values out to the world in whatever ways we can to seek justice in this unjust world.

To become a member of UUCA, you do not need to recite a creed or follow a church doctrine. We welcome all people, whoever you are, wherever you come from, whomever you love.  To find out more information about membership, spiritual deepening, social groups, and justice ministry available at UUCA during the pandemic, please fill out the online form and you will be contacted by our Connections Coordinator, Venny Zachritz.

We hope that you find peace and calm during these difficult times.

Path to Virtual Membership

Through your virtual membership, you will be invited to participate and contribute in meaningful ways to the joy and work of our congregation. Virtual Members, no different from in-person Members, support the mission and covenants of UUCA through their membership and financial support.

Virtual Members receive:

  • Access to pastoral care
  • Invitations to all online programming, providing connections to other congregants
  • Connection with other Members via our private Facebook groups
  • All the benefits of membership

Click here to access our Virtual Membership Form and receive more information.

Path to Membership in non-COVID Times

The path to membership begins by attending an “Introduction to UUCA for Newcomers” session. Those who attend will be given basic information about UUCA, receive the Path to Membership Guide, have an opportunity to sign up for a Connector, and meet a few other newcomers. These sessions are held the 3rd Sunday of every month after each service.

Once you have completed the steps in your Path to Membership Guide you can sign up for a Membership Class. This one-session, 4 1/2 hour class includes lunch and provides more in-depth information about our programs, governance, and stewardship. The Membership Class is also appropriate for those who come from another UU congregation. These classes are held three times a year, in December, March, and May and are led by our Lead Minister, Rev. Mark Ward, and our Connections Coordinator, Venny Zachritz, with assistance from volunteers.

Dates and additional information about upcoming classes are posted on the calendar and in the monthly newsletter or contact Venny Zachritz.

What is a Member?

According to our bylaws (Article IV, Section 2), a Member is a person who:
a. is in sympathy with the purpose and mission of the Congregation,
b. has completed the UUCA Coming of Age program or reached the age of 16,
c. has completed a course of study approved by the Board of Trustees or has discussed the matter with the Minister or person designated by the Minister,
d. has signed the Membership Book, and
e. completes an annual commitment form and makes an annual recorded contribution.

According to our members, a Member is a person who:
a. shares the values of Unitarian Universalists
b. is supported in their journey by the members and ministries of the congregation
c. actively engages in their own spiritual development
d. supports the congregation as generously as they can with their time, talent AND money
e. seeks to live their values in the world

 

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