Path to Membership

It is a profoundly important decision to join a community. Being a part of the community at First Parish in Cambridge opens the door to unique opportunities to learn about, grow and share our many gifts and interests. Becoming firmly rooted in the immense joys and meaningful challenges of building Beloved Community broadens our reach into the many faiths, cultural experiences and desires for deep connection that we bring. The members of our spiritual community need to know that, together, we can 1)count on one another to help nourish and maintain beloved community, 2) commit to our covenant, programs, and historic building, and 3) care for one another as the joys and challenges of life present themselves.

    There are three basic steps you need to complete:

  • Attend a membership session
  • Submit an application to the Standing Committee
  • Make a financial pledge to First Parish
      These single sessions are designed to give individuals an understanding of how our church operates, expectations of membership and provides a brief history of our Parish and our faith. The class is held on Sunday afternoons on a bi-monthly basis beginning in September.  Each session is from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. This class is offered to anyone who is interested in joining our community, whether lifelong UU or a newcomer to our faith. Sessions are scheduled for:

    • September 29, 2013
    • November 17, 2013
    • January 12, 2014
    • March 16, 2014
    • May 18, 2014

After you have attended the orientation, submitted your application, and made your pledge, the Standing Committee will then vote to accept you into membership. New members are voted in monthly but are recognized at the next scheduled New Member breakfast and the New Member Recognition Service. During that morning you will sign the official books of First Parish and First Church, a ritual affirmation and historical record of membership.

For more information on membership, see the brochure “Take the Path to Membership at First Parish” or e-mail Renee Saindon, Chair of the Membership Committee at Membership [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org or Rev. Mykal Slack, Community Life Coordinator at clc [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org.

Carol Lewis, our Congregational Administrator can also give you details about the process or answer questions about pledging. She can be reached at office [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org and information about pledging and pledge forms are available on the Giving page.

We look forward to getting to know you.

Either the PDF or Word file below may be downloaded, completed, saved to your computer and e-mailed to the address above.




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