Become a Member
Membership at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima is in some sense very simple – all you have to do is sign the Membership Book and make a financial contribution if you are able. There is no creedal test, there are no required activities at which attendance is taken, and there is no minimum activity level. But this simplicity comes with a complex understanding of what membership means. It means making a commitment to being a part of a community of faith.
We believe that members’ experiences in the congregation are enhanced by participating in the following ways:
- Attend church often. Our Sunday services and Lifespan Religious Education programs are the heart of the congregation. We hope that you can be involved and attend in a way that fits your schedule and needs. Our services are enhanced by broad participation from members.
- Work on your spiritual development. Our fourth and most unique principle is that we affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. The Unitarian Universalist Church has no specific answers, only questions, and we hope you come with questions as well, and with an openness to broadening your spiritual horizons.
- Serve the church with joy. The vast majority of our programs and services are run by members. Our hope is that when you begin to feel at home you find a way to be of service to the church and your fellow members.
- Contribute as best you can. This congregation is entirely self-supporting, and we expect all members will make an effort to support its operation and growth. Ultimately we hope that each member gives according to his/her means and according to the value s/he places on this liberal religious community.
- Be involved in service to others. As a line from our hymnal states “service is our prayer.” We strongly believe in the value of service to others, both within the church and in the broader community.
- Connect to Unitarian Universalism. Although this church operates independently, we are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. So when one joins this church, one also is joining a national religious movement with a rich history. We hope that all members take this identification seriously.
Be open to getting to know new people, and to let people know you. We strive to be a warm and caring community, and feel blessed by the presence of those who join us.