Participating in the BRUU Community
The two major categories of participants at BRUU are Members and Friends.
Friends are those who have come to church for a while and may also have participated in “extra” activities: joining the choir, coming to the auction, etc. Friends are listed in the directory and contribute to the well-being of BRUU with their energy and their finances.
Becoming a Member is an important step, because it is a way of making a statement: one that says you plan to explore Unitarian Universalism and that you want to belong to the community that is BRUU. Members also participate in “extra” activities and contribute to the community financially and with their skills and effort. Members receive the benefit of becoming part of the decision-making body by voting during the annual meeting and other congregational meetings where the direction of BRUU is decided.
What does it take to be a Member?
In June 2010, the congregation voted to change the Bylaws to make the expectations of membership clear. The desire is to have active Members who are educated about Unitarian Universalism in general, and BRUU in particular. We have committed ourselves to welcoming and educating new Members.
The Bylaws list four requirements to be a voting Member:
1. Being in sympathy with BRUU’s purpose and program
2. Attending a new Member orientation
3. Signing the Membership book
4. Making or agreeing to make a contribution of record
“Being in sympathy” really means a commitment to explore the principles of Unitarian Universalism—to make decisions about one’s own faith journey, to live a life of purpose and personal meaning, and to share in the lives and journeys of the Members of this congregation. BRUU has voted to become a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary.
New Member orientations occur several times a year in several formats. Perhaps the best place to begin would be to attend Coffee with the Minister, which occurs on the second Sunday of each month from 11:30-12:00 for an overall view of what being UU means, and about BRUU. Other orientation classes are available occasionally through the year and those interested in becoming Members are expected to participate in at least ONE of the following options:
- Evening option: meet for an exploration of UU history and ideas led by the minister and/or leadership of BRUU. These are sometimes offered at Discovery Dinners.
- Saturday option: UU in a Nutshell class where the morning portion focuses on UU history and the afternoon portion focuses on an introduction to life at BRUU, including a tour of the building.
- Alternate orientation to be presented for schedule conflicts at the discretion of the Minister and/or Membership Chair. This can be an individual or small group session.
The Membership Book is available for signing on pre-scheduled Sundays following Saturday orientation classes. Signers meet in the Minister’s office. Please contact the Minister or Membership Chair ahead of time if you wish to sign the book. Signing the book publicly is a way of stating your wish to belong to this community. You will receive a new Member packet with information about UUism and about the workings of BRUU.
BRUU belongs to several national and regional UU organizations and has enjoyed the training, ideas, and fellowship that come from this connection. We also believe in supporting the larger UU movement. We pay dues to these organizations based on our number of Members. We ask each Member to make, or promise to make, a contribution of record, either through time, talent, or treasure (i.e., financial contribution).
The above requirements must all be completed at least 30 days prior to a congregational meeting to allow the new Member to vote at that meeting. Our annual meeting, where we vote for our budget, Board Members, and make policy changes at BRUU, traditionally occurs the second Sunday in June.
We are excited that you are contemplating becoming a Member of this vibrant, growing, and loving community. If you have any questions, please contact the Membership Chair.