Pathway to Membership

Joining a church is an important life decision, and one we take seriously. Membership at Main Line Unitarian Church means being a part of a diverse community of Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who practice their faith in myriad meaningful ways.

Most new members come to Unitarian Universalism from other faiths. You are encouraged to gain a basic understanding of the UU religion and the MLUC faith community you intend to join, before becoming an active and integrated member of our church.

The membership process at MLUC will help you get to know our community and show you, in concrete ways, how to become an active part of it. Every two months (beginning in October and ending in June—there are no classes in December) we cycle through a session of four classes, called Pathway to Membership. You can start attending the classes at any point during the year, even in the middle of a session or on your very first visit. Pre-registration is not required. Topics for each session vary slightly, and all classes are open to everyone in the community.

The membership process also includes taking part in MLUC community events and getting involved with programs that interest you. We can help you with that. Participants have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the minister and other staff members. They also meet many MLUC members and other people who are considering joining the church. Prospective members have the option of being paired with a Member Mentor who will serve as a guide through the exploration process.

Please contact Jessica Hirsch Lynn (610-688-8332 x 26) with questions or to register for one of our 2019-20 Pathway to Membership sessions.

Session 1

October 6 – Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the UUA: The UUA and U – What role does the UUA play in the in the life of UU churches?

October 20
 – Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt: What’s in a Name? Faith Development for All Ages. Why do we call what used to be called Church School or Religious Education, Faith Development? Why does Dawn Star work with programs for all ages, not just the kids? Where are you on your faith development journey?

November 10 – Small Group Ministry Sample Session: Small Group Ministry is designed to encourage spiritual and personal growth and to help develop relationships of substance and depth. Small groups meet twice per month. Get a sense of what a Small Group is like before you join one.

November 17 – How to Get Involved: There are opportunities for spiritual growth and personal transformation in surprising places. Learn how volunteering, taking part in MLUC’s community events and supporting the church financially will contribute to your sense of belonging and to the health of this community.

 

Session 2

January 5 – Rev. Neal Jones: The History of the Unitarian and Universalist Faiths

January 19 – Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt: Forming a UU Identity: How do You Know You’re a UU? Jokes, belief quizzes, and the seven principles make us feel like we’re connected and part of the crowd as UUs. There’s more than that though – learn about UU conversion experiences, personal credo development, claiming our history without whitewashing it, and connecting with family members who don’t share your religious identity.

February 2 – How to Get Involved: There are opportunities for spiritual growth and personal transformation in surprising places. Learn how volunteering, taking part in MLUC’s community events and supporting the church financially will contribute to your sense of belonging and to the health of this community.

February 16 – Small Group Ministry Sample Session: Small Group Ministry is designed toencourage spiritual and personal growth and to help develop relationships of substance and depth. Small groups meet twice per month. Get a sense of what a Small Group is like before you join one.

 

Session 3

March 1 – Rev. Neal Jones: A Covenant, Not a Creed: UU Principals, Values and Sources of Faith  Unitarian Universalism is unlike many religions in that it is more concerned with how you live than with what you believe. In addition, it recognizes that no single tradition has a monopoly on truth, but that wisdom for living may be gleaned from multiple sources.

March 15
 – Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt: Learning from Each Other. In the Faith Development program, we all learn from each other.  Everything we do together as a congregation is the  curriculum, the course run, not just what happens in a classroom with suggested activities and discussions from a book. Learn more about how what we do and what we say is what our kids learn.

April 5
 – Small Group Ministry Sample Session: Small Group Ministry is designed to encourage spiritual and personal growth and to help develop relationships of substance and depth. Small groups meet twice per month. Get a sense of what a Small Group is like before you join one.

April 19
 – How to Get Involved: There are opportunities for spiritual growth and personal transformation in surprising places. Learn how volunteering, taking part in MLUC’s community events and supporting the church financially will contribute to your sense of belonging and to the health of this community.

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Session 4

May 3 – Rev. Neal Jones: Moving from ‘Freedom From’ to ‘Freedom For.’ Making the transition from your former religion to Unitarian Universalism

May 17 – Dawn Star: Living Our UU Faith: How do you live your values in your everyday life? Would someone walking into your home know what religious and spiritual connections are important to you? Let’s explore ways to embody and express your UU identity in your life, from the simple to the sublime.

June 7
 – How to Get Involved: There are opportunities for spiritual growth and personal transformation in surprising places. Learn how volunteering, taking part in MLUC’s community events and supporting the church financially will contribute to your sense of belonging and to the health of this community.

June 28 – Small Group Ministry Sample Session: Small Group Ministry is designed to encourage spiritual and personal growth and to help develop relationships of substance and depth. Small groups meet twice per month. Get a sense of what a Small Group is like before you join one.