Are you new to UUCP? Do you have questions about UUCP and Unitarian Universalism? Starting Point is an informal program especially for you! Meet a representative from the Membership Committee by the Starting Point sign in the front lobby any second Sunday of the month. You don’t have to sign up. Just show up!
In twenty to thirty minutes, we will answer questions and take you on a brief tour of our campus. We will also give you some tips on the best ways to start making connections at UUCP.
All newcomers are invited to enjoy a Starting Point conversation and tour. If you are thinking about becoming a member of our congregation, we strongly encourage you to attend Starting Point prior to enrollment in a Pathway to Membership program.
Starting Point Times (Second Sunday of every month):
- 10:45 AM October through April
- 11:45 AM May through September
Pathway to Membership
Our Pathway to Membership (PTM) program offers an opportunity to meet others who are new to Unitarian Universalism and/or new to UUCP. We encourage all PTM participants to attend a Starting Point program and regularly engage in a Small Groups Ministry, an Adult Faith Development class, or another congregational group before enrolling in PTM. We have scheduled three PTM programs this year, two sessions held in conjunction with our Thursday Community Nights, and one session held on Saturday morning. For the Thursday night sessions, participants meet in the Johnson Room for dinner at 6 PM and then stay for the PTM program that begins at 6:45 PM. Free childcare is available starting at 6:30 PM. For the Saturday morning session, participants meet in the Johnson Room at 9:00 AM, and free childcare is available.
During the two sessions of the PTM series, participants have a chance to ask questions, share their personal religious/spiritual journeys, and interact with UUCP leaders, members, friends, and others who are exploring membership. They receive a packet of important information, watch a short video of UU history, and learn about UUCP’s mission and the benefits and responsibilities of membership.
There is a joining ceremony at the end of the second session. There is no pressure to join, but we do encourage everyone to stay for the ceremony. It is always inspiring to hear people’s stories about their reasons for signing the Membership Book, their hopes for their involvement here, and what they desire to give and gain through formal affiliation with the congregation.
There will also be a third optional session for PTM participants, a “class reunion” of sorts. Each group will be notified of their third session by special invitation. The third session gatherings will allow people to reconnect with their PTM group members, and they will give staff and Membership Committee members an opportunity to learn how things are going for our newest UUCP members and friends. At this time, facilitators will also try to answer any questions that may have come up since the last PTM class.
You will get a phone call or email a week or two before the series begins to confirm your plans to attend. There is no fee to participate in this program.
- Nov. 3 & 10, 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM, 2016
- January 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2017
- April 6 & 13, 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM, 2017
Location: Johnson Room