Members of the UDUUF Community

UU 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 supportive, caring community Upper Delaware Unitarian Fellowship, you will have opportunities to develop spiritually and socially, in addition to working for justice. Membership at UDUUF, means making a deeper connection to your faith community.

How do I prepare for membership?
We encourage you to learn more about our principles and purposes through reading, worship services, and discussions with members.

How do I join?
New members participate in a brief ceremony during the worship service and sign the UDUUF Records Book. There is no creed you must accept.

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

Joining our congregation brings with it commitments. 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 one another. Membership at UDUUF involves mutual commitment. As a congregation we will:
** Honor and celebrate the diversity of our community
** Provide support, caring, outreach and rites of passage
** Provide spiritual development opportunities for all ages
** Provide opportunities to serve the community

And if you become a member of UDUUF, we ask that you:
** Work on your own faith development
** Support UDUUF financially, if you are able
** Serve the fellowship in other ways
** Serve the larger community
** Honor and celebrate the diversity of our community

Our fellowship 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.

Together we will strengthen and celebrate our spirituality, and truth and meaning. 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.

Provide opportunities to serve the community
UUs are called to serve our congregations and to help make the world a better place and we have many opportunities to serve both the fellowship and the greater community. We work toward  better public education and economic justice, more just immigration policies, toward ending racism, mass incarceration, and homelessness, among others.

And if you become a member of UDUUF, we ask that you…

Join us. If you do not join our services often, you are less likely to feel connected to the spiritual heart of the congregation.

Work on your own spiritual development
We believe that each of us is capable of discovering spiritual 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.

Support UDUUF financially. We ask only for an identifiable monetary gift (your name on a check or envelope) from members each fiscal year on a schedule of your choice. Give what you can, and know that your contribution, whatever it may be, sustains our spiritual home.

Serve the Fellowship in other ways
We welcome your time and talents to help UDUUF in its mission, whether in the office, the building, the Fellowship, on committees or on the Board of Trustees. We practice congregational polity, which means that members are our congregation’s final authority. Your participation to help build our faith community is important and appreciated. 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, and pastoral visits.

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