New Member Signing Sunday, April 9, 2017 (L to R): Phyllis Ballester, Laura Johnson, Lou Ballester, Stephen Johnson, Barbara Handelin, Barbara Long, Membership Chair, Emily Sweet, Eric Sweet, Darrin Galen, Janine Galen, Board President, Rev. Dan Schatz, Minister.

Joining the community of the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester is not difficult. There is no creed you must swear to.  However, we strive to live by the following statement of principles.

The Seven UU Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

ucwc_logo_chalice-mediumBefore you commit yourself to our congregation, we hope you will learn more about our principles and purposes through reading, worship services, classes, and discussions with members, the Membership Committee, and our minister, Rev. Dan Schatz. We suggest the following:

1. Getting to Know UUs Sessions

If you’re intrigued about Unitarian Universalism join us for an informal Getting To Know UUs session the third Sunday of each month at 11am where you can learn more about UCWC and the denomination from our membership committee

2. Path to Membership Classes

If you decide to look into membership in our congregation, we invite newcomers to join us in our three-part Path to Membership classes held several times a year. You can choose to join after the third class or at a special Signing Sunday, during the morning service.

3. Signing the Book

Joining a Unitarian Universalist group means you sign a book that records our members’ names. Once a year we have a New Members Dinner where the entire congregation turns out to welcome those who have joined us in the past year.