We are so happy that you are interested in getting to know First Unitarian Church of Rochester! Our Membership Coordinator is here to help you get to know our community. The most important step in becoming involved at First Unitarian is to connect with a smaller group or community within the larger church. We are in essence, a community of communities, and finding your place in this space is what will help make First Unitarian your home. In these smaller groups, we want you to feel spiritually fed and create a space where you can live out that which is most meaningful to you. Some examples of smaller communities here at First Unitarian are: Soul Matters, Adult Spiritual Development Groups, Environmental Justice, UU/Schools Partnership, the Choir, meditation classes with the Buddhist Fellowship, volunteer opportunities with the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Parenting groups through our Religious Education program, and much more!
We offer 3 workshop style classes to help you get to know us better – details below!
UU 101 – Intro to Unitarian Universalism and our church
This is where to start! UU 101 is a one-time, one hour, session that will help you understand and explore both our community and Unitarian Universalism. It provides a brief overview of UU beliefs and church activities – a great way to start to find “your place” at First Unitarian. In this session you will also meet others who are at a similar point in getting to know our church and you will learn about our various ministries.
Virtual classes are offered twice a month, after Sunday worship. If interested, please complete & submit this form.
The next step along the path to becoming both more involved and a member of First Unitarian, is Starting Point. This 5 hour class offers newcomers and old timers alike an opportunity to explore ways in which Unitarian Universalism can make a difference in their lives. Not only will it help you decide if UUism is right for you, it’s an opportunity to reflect on your beliefs and values, a time to find your smaller community within First Unitarian, and of course time to connect with others. Virtual classes are offered several times a year, some on Saturdays, and others on consecutive evenings. UU 101 is recommended before attending Starting Point.
UU 201 – Steps to Membership
Interested in becoming a member? Wondering how you decide if you are ready to become a member or what “joining” involves? UU 201 offers the information you need to discern whether you are ready to make the commitment of membership. You will learn the importance of being in covenant with our church and the benefits and responsibilities of membership. Classes are offered in Winter and Spring. They will be posted on our Events Calendar and Newsletter.