Membership

Membership is not a requirement for participation in LUUC. We have many non-members who take an active role in our community. Membership is required to participate in decisions about the on-going day-to-day operations of LUUC.

If you've found a spiritual home with us, we encourage you to become a member of this community of seekers, doers and dreamers.

If I Want to Become a Member, What's Involved?

Membership in the congregation allows you to have a voice in the governance of our congregation, serve as chair of a committee, and represent the congregation at Unitarian Universalist events and conferences.

When you feel that you are ready to deepen your relationship with this congregation, it is relatively easy. You will be asked to sign the Membership Book, make a financial pledge (of any size) and then you'll be asked if you would like to take part in the lovely New Member Recognition Ceremony during a Sunday service.

In joining LUUC, you will be part of a spiritual community that is grounded in the long history of Unitarian Universalism.

Here are the full implications of becoming a member:

Membership Rights

  • Voting privileges at all meetings of members
  • Eligible to serve on any committee, including the nominating committee, and to be elected to the Board of Directors
  • Eligible to receive services of LUUC, including Acts of Civil Status and access to Mutual Aid Fund
  • Automatic membership in Canadian Unitarian Council and Unitarian Universalist Association

Responsibilities of Membership

  • To participate in the activities and services of the congregation
  • To assume a responsible share of the financial support required through an annual contribution
  • To support one another's spiritual growth and to help create a warm and welcoming environment
  • To demonstrate respect for the worth of every person and openness to diversity
On Pledging

Spring is the time of year when each of us has the opportunity to renew our commitment and support of our Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Our pledges and contributions of the three "Ts": our time, our talents and our trea$ure, are critically important to support and further develop our UU programs and services for the next year.

As LUUC's fiscal year begins May 1st, the incoming Board depends on the financial pledges of our members and friends to prepare the operating budget for thw following year, before it is presented at our Annual Meeting in June.

Our Member's Stories -- Why we give as much as we can:

******************************************************************************************* Kathy and Gabor Matyas:

"We feel very much a part of the LUUC community and we want to keep it vibrant for today and the future. Also, we identify with the UU values and wish to help promote them."

******************************************************************************************* Catherine Forbes & Ogden Gavanski:

"It is clear to us from our experiences at LUUC that it takes money and resources to offer all of the excellent programs and services that LUUC provides. From the beautiful uplifting music, to the thought-provoking speakers, to the excellent SE program and Youth Group...

This is why we give as generously as we can - and because we feel that by giving to LUUC, we are not just paying salaries or keeping the lights on, but we are giving to our children and to all of you, our LUUC family of friends."

********************************************************************************************* Heather Falconer:

"I have been a member of the LUUC for many years - and have always felt that together we can make a positive difference, not only in our own lives but in the community at large. At the moment our Choir has taken off to new heights, our children's programs are thriving and our Social Action group is flourishing. By contributing financially, I am helping to keep it all going for many years to come."

********************************************************************************************* Sari Kelen:

"Over the recent years, LUUC has become my extended family. I can count on my friendships there in a special way that means giving as much as my own family can offer. I have found that the more I contribute to the "running of the ship" in actions or in pledges, the more I feel like this group is part of me."

********************************************************************************************* Irene Haustknost:

"My children and I enjoy coming to LUUC services. The congregation is loving and supportive, and we have all benefited from the generosity of our friends in this community, whether it be emotional support, or lending a hand during a move. We are proud members of LUUC, and the choir is pretty awesome too!"

********************************************************************************************* Dori and Peter Abbott:

"The 7 tolerant principles of Unitarian congregations are supportive to promoting religious harmony in seeking world peace. From different points of view, we are still able to speak and act as one on this common objective.

This local congregation by its intent and actions warrants generous financial pledges from members for operating support, which includes its availability to future generations."

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