Unitarian Universalist churches, fellowships and societies work from the ground up. Technically, we are not a denomination but an association of individual congregations, so we aren’t required to follow the directives of any diocese or district office whose staffers may barely know our congregants.

What this means is that our members are really owners of this church – they set the vision, they create the programs, and they take the stands.

As a member, you are entitled to vote in our elections, which means you have a voice in how we budget our money and through that, how we translate our longings for justice and equality into action in the wider world.

As a member, you are entitled to chair committees and to serve on our Board, letting you exercise your vision in the service of our shared mission.

As a member, you are entitled to vote on whom we call to serve us as our minister. When a minister resigns or retires, we aren’t sent a new one by some faceless bureaucrat. We poll our members about what kind of church they want us to move forward with, and then we meet with the ministers who best match our needs and goals in order to determine for ourselves who will address our spiritual questions in the future.

There are other benefits as well: free use of the sanctuary for milestone services such as marriages and child dedications, memorial services with inclusion on our memorial wall, and most importantly, a community where you yourself can create and carry out programs that deepen your soul and/or enrich the world.

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How to Join Emerson

  1. Decide yes! Decide you’d like to become a member and make Emerson your religious home.
  2. If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism, attend one of our orientation sessions about UU that we regularly hold after Sunday services.
  3. Have a thoughtful talk with our interim minister, Rev. Mike Young, or our congregational President, Lynn Masuhara.
  4. Sign the membership book!

These steps look simple – but we know you’ll only take them when you’ve considered Emerson carefully and found that you want to share ownership of a religious community where, in the words of Marjorie Achley:

Your doubts are not ridiculed.
Your guilts are lightened.
Your griefs are comforted.
Your joys are celebrated.
Your children are taught all religions.
Your talents are nurtured.
Your concerns are shared.
Your reason is honored.
Your friendships are deepened.
Your love of art and beauty is expanded.
Your need to serve others is fostered.
Your need to laugh is encouraged.
Your individual decision is treasured.