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Membership and Its Privileges
Membership is open to any individual, sixteen years of age or older, who concurs with the Unitarian Universalist Principles and the Mission and Vision of this Congregation and agrees to support the Congregation financially. An individual becomes a member upon (a) signing the Membership Book in the presence of the Minister or a member of the Board of Trustees; (b) making a financial pledge to the operations of the Congregation; and (c) paying an installment toward that pledge. A new member is eligible to vote in Congregational meetings sixty (60) days after becoming a member.
Membership shall continue as long as an identifiable annual financial contribution to the operating budget is made, or until the individual resigns by giving written notice to the Board of Trustees. A member who has not contributed financially during January 1 - December 31 of a given year shall be notified by mail that his/her membership has become inactive and is thus ineligible to vote. Voting privileges shall be restored when the individual makes an identifiable financial contribution to the operating budget. If there is no identifiable financial contribution made to the operating budget for any two consecutive calendar years, the individual shall be removed from the membership rolls.
Members of the Congregation enjoy freedom in their words and beliefs so long as they do not, either expressly or by implication, indicate they speak for the Congregation, unless the Congregation has given them the authority to do so.
Benefits of Being a Contributing Member
Members of the church are eligible to receive a number of benefits including:
- Our monthly electronic newsletter, the QCU and weekly Silent Announcements.
- Listing in our annual Church Directory.
- A copy of the annual Church Directory (electronic version free to members and friends, hard copy version for cost).
- Access to the private pages of the church website (which include directory information as well).
- Bi-monthly issues of the UU World magazine in print form. (It is also available on the UUA website.)
- Use of the church facilities once per year at no charge.
- Opportunities to serve on any of over 25 committees, join in a variety of social groups, or initiate new groups or special events that foster personal or spiritual growth as it relates to the UU Principles and Purposes.
Additional Benefits for Voting Members
- Voting members are entitled to vote, in person or by proxy, at congregational meetings.
- They are also entitled to serve as an Officer, a member of the Board of Trustees, or a member of the Nominating Committee which seeks candidates to these positions.
- Voting members can also represent our congregation as delegates to the Prairie Star District meetings or the UUA General Assembly.
- Finally, they receive priority in attending leadership training opportunities.
Each fall and spring we conduct a Newcomer's Orientation class for the benefit of those persons who are interested in exploring Unitarian Universalism and possible membership in this church. Taking this class does not obligate a person to become a member; however, it provdes are great deal of basic information on this church and on the UUA denomination as a whole.
We also invite newcomers to speak with the Minister at any time about the benefits and responsibilities of becoming a member of this congregation.