Information about Membership

Have you been visiting Saltwater Church for while? Does it feel like a religious home to you? Are you considering becoming a member? The information below may answer some of the questions you may have about membership at Saltwater Church.

What is the meaning of membership?

While in some religious communities, becoming a member means affirming a particular set of beliefs, in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, becoming a member means joining in a promise shared among all the members of the congregation. At Saltwater Church, that promise is, "I will support you in your own individual religious journeys as you support me in mine, and together we will support this religious community we share."

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Members are eligible to vote in congregational meetings.

  • Members are eligible to serve in leadership positions within the congregation.

  • Members receive a free subscription to the UUWorld, a quarterly magazine published by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

  • The minister officiates rites of passage - - such as child dedications, weddings, and memorial services - - at no charge for members.

  • Members may rent the church building for special events at reduced rates.

  • Beyond these practical benefits, the most important benefit is the feeling of connection and meaning that members experience as a result of being a part of an organization that is making a difference in people's lives and in the wider world.

What are the requirements of membership?

  • Members must be at least 16 years old.

  • Members should be in sympathy with the mission, vision, and values of the church and Unitarian Universalism.

  • Members are asked to make a pledge to support the church financially. All members are encouraged to be as generous as they are able, but there is no minimum pledge and there is an exemption from pledging from anyone experiencing extreme financial difficulty. Members are also asked to support the church by volunteering.

How long do most people wait before deciding to become members?

  • Most of the congregation's current members made the decision to become members within a few months to a year after their first visit to the church.

How can I become a member?

Once you've made the decision to become a member, the membership process is fairly straightforward and easy.

  • Fill out an online membership form by clicking here, or contact church adminstrator Sue Eaton at (253) 839-5200 or to have a membership packet mailed to you. 

  • If you receive a membership packet in the mail, mail it back to the church or put it in Mailbox #5 in the church office.

  • After your forms have been received, a member of the Welcoming Team will contact you and arrange a time to sign the membership book, usually on a Sunday morning before or after a service. You are considered a member after signing the book.

  • There are New Member Recognition Ceremonies twice a year, usually in December and June. While most new members enjoy participating in these ceremonies, participation is optional.

If you have any questions about the membership process, please feel free to contact the Welcoming Team at .

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