Why join?

We all wish for a life that has meaning, one that connects us more fully to the people in our lives and to the larger community. Within the Unitarian Society of Germantown, you will have support in creating that more meaningful life. Within this supportive, caring community you have rich opportunities to develop spiritually and socially. Membership at USG means making a deeper connection to your church community.

How do I prepare for membership?

  • We encourage you to learn more about our principles and purposes through reading, worship services, classes, and discussions with members and our minister, the Rev. Kent Matthies and Intern Minister, Connie Simon.
  • Attend a UU101 class, a one hour introduction to Unitarian Universalism. It is held on the second Sunday of each month.(See schedule for upcoming classes and orientation sessions in upper right sidebar.)
  • Attend a New Member Orientation, which is 45 minute overview and discussion of what it means to be a member of USG, generally held on the third Sunday of the New Member Signing ceremony months: January, April, July and October.

How do I join?

New members participate in a brief ceremony during the worship service and sign the USG Records Book. There is no creed you must accept.

We receive people into membership during a New Member Ceremony in the worship service several times throughout the year, generally the fourth Sunday of January, April, July and October.

For more information about the membership process, please contact Treva Burger, at 215-277-5752 or welcoming@usguu.org.

Our Membership Covenant

“Covenant is the silk that joins Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, communities, and individuals together in a web of interconnection. The practice of promising to walk together is the precious core of our creedless faith.” UUA.org

Membership in our church brings with it responsibilities and expectations. A community is only as strong as its members and that strength comes from participation, service, gifts of time and money, individual growth, and caring and support of each other. Membership at USG involves mutual commitment.

Our church commits to provide members:

  • A welcoming, open and inclusive
    community
  • Excellent worship experiences
  • Caring, outreach and rites of
    passage
  • Spiritual development opportunities for all ages
  • Service opportunities

Individual members commit to provide:

  • Regular attendance at worship services
  • Work on personal faith development
  • Financial generosity to USG
  • Volunteer service to USG
  • Service to the larger community

The congregation’s responsibilities to its members

To honor and celebrate the diversity of our community
Our church community seeks to be inclusive of all ages, races, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, and economic circumstances. We encourage and honor a variety of theological perspectives including Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Earth Centered traditions. Our spirituality draws from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition.

Excellent worship services
Our ministers preach 3-4 times per month and we have guest ministers and lay people preach on other days. We have a wide variety of musical offerings including an excellent choir, a band and numerous talented musicians. There are also intergenerational services throughout the year that offer inspiration and worship for all ages together.

To provide support, comfort and rites of passage
Our congregation supports and comforts members during difficult personal passages. Pastoral care provided by ministers and lay leaders includes home and hospital visits and other supportive assistance.

We also provide rites of passage such as baby dedications, weddings, and memorial services.

To provide spiritual development opportunities for all ages
You will be urged to strengthen and celebrate your spirituality, and supported in your search for truth and meaning. Through a variety of classes and groups, you will have opportunities to broaden friendships and deepen understanding as you learn about a range of spiritual practices and topics as well as Unitarian Universalist theologies, history, and identity. If you have children, USG offers an environment and programs that will support them in their own searches.

To provide opportunities to serve the community
UUs are called to serve our churches and to help make the world a better place and we have many, many opportunities to serve both the church and the greater community. We have social justice teams working for better public education and economic justice, more just immigration policies, toward ending racism, mass incarceration, and homelessness, among others. We host a large MLK Day of Service each January and promote numerous different projects and events each month.

The responsibilities of members

To attend worship regularly
Communal worship is extremely important to the life of our community. If you do not partake of it often, you are less likely to feel connected to the spiritual heart of the congregation.

To work on your own spiritual development
We believe that each of us is capable of discovering religious truth as it is revealed to us in our lives and within our faith community. With the support of the congregation, we each take responsibility for our own spiritual well being.

To financially support USG
We don’t require a specific level of giving, but an identifiable monetary gift (your name on check or envelope) is required of all members each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). We do encourage generous, regular financial support on a schedule of your choice. Give until you feel good, and know that your contribution, whatever it may be, sustains our spiritual home, the Unitarian Society of Germantown.

To serve the congregation in other ways
The many tasks and activities of the community are not done for its members, but by its members. There are always ways to use your time and talents to help USG work toward its mission: in the classroom, in the office, in the building, in the worship service, in the kitchen, and on committees, teams and the Board of Trustees. The community needs hands, hearts, and minds to flourish.

UUs practice congregational polity, which means that members are a congregation’s final authority. We have annual and special meetings during the year. Your participation is important and appreciated.

To serve the larger community
We commit our faith to action and express our beliefs through our actions. USG provides many opportunities for social justice work. You will be encouraged to become more deeply aware of and involved in local, city, state, national or international issues.

Acts of caring are also an essential part of belonging to a faith community. We care for each other with meals, rides, help at home, cards and pastoral visits.

 

USG’s Mission, Values and Goals