Becoming a Member
Becoming an official member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst is at first glance a simple process: It involves signing a venerable membership book dating from 1919 in the presence of two or more members of the Board of Trustees. But this act represents a serious step and significant commitment – both to this congregation and to the larger voice of Unitarian Universalism in the world. Membership is not only about what we, as individuals, will get from this UU Society, but what we might have to offer as well. Many of us have found our lives more fulfilled by the act of giving of ourselves to this beloved community.
If you find yourself comfortable with us and our way of doing religion, we would welcome you as a member! Talk to Rev. Rachael, Anne Cohen or Janis Gray. For information on how to reach them, please call or email our office, 413-253-2848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of Membership
Active Members are 18 years of age or older, and are expected to participate in one or more activities of our UU Society and/or make recorded annual financial contributions. They may vote, hold office in the Society, and be an agent of the Society. Active Members may vote in any congregational meeting of the Society, provided that they have been a member of a Unitarian Universalist church, society, or fellowship for a total of 60 consecutive days immediately preceding the meeting, including at least 30 days of membership in the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst.
Voting Youth Members are from 16 to 18 years of age and are full-time students. Such members may participate in all activities of the Society, may vote on all matters except those prohibited by law, may serve on the Board of Trustees, but are not expected to make a financial commitment to the Society.
Nonvoting Youth Members are full-time students ages 13-15 who may participate in the activities of the Society but who may not vote nor be elected to an office in the Society.