How Do I?
HOW DO I…
To learn more about our liberal religious tradition, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association website
To learn more about our congregation, visit our Newcomers page. Also, the best way to learn about us is to come visit. You will be invited to receive our weekly e-newsletter, and our ministers and members will do their best to make you feel welcome. Each Sunday at UUCA is a little different, so we encourage you to come a few times to get a feel for our community.
Become a member of UUCA?
To become a member of our congregation, we invite you to consider the meaning and value that the congregation has in your life. You must attend all 8 sessions of our new “Inquirers Series”; one-hour classes including such topics as Membership 101; History, Principles & Sources; Q & A with the Minister; and a Campus Tour.
Each class is a one-hour session, held during Middle Hour or after service during the summer months. You may attend them in any order; you will be given a “passport” in which to record the sessions you attend. Once completed, you are welcome to join the church through a New Member Ceremony, held at various times thoughout the year. There, you will be welcomed warmly by a UUCA minister, by a Board member, and by a long-time church member. You will join the church by signing our membership book, and by making a financial commitment to UUCA. Click here for a printable document about the Inquirers Series and becoming a member at UUCA.
Becoming a member means you will receive the benefits of communal support, ministerial officiants at ceremonies of passage, and opportunities for leadership in the community. Becoming a member means you will have the responsibilities of working on your own search for truth and meaning, using your time and talents to support the community and its values, and supporting the church financially, as you are able.
For any questions you have about becoming a member, please contact the Newcomer Support Team.
Request pastoral care or support during a time of difficulty?
One of the best parts of being in a church community is that the ministers and members are available to support you in times of difficulty. All of the ministers at UUCA are available to meet for pastoral guidance visits. These visits can take place at the church, at a hospital, in the community, or at home. They are typically short-term sessions of listening, support, and spiritual guidance. The ministers do not perform long-term counseling, but might be able to refer you to someone with those skills. To request a visit with one of the ministers, call or email Fred, John, Christina, or our Intern Minister directly. Contact information can be found here.
If your needs are more concrete, our Care Team provides calls, transportation, meals, and visits on a limited basis for members and friends of our community. To request Care Team support, please contact the Care Team.
Register my child(ren) or youth for Religious Exploration?
All children and youth, ages 0-18, should be registered each year for Religious Exploration program if they have come more than twice, even if their attendance will be sporadic. It is important for our teachers to have information about the children in their groups, and to know if there are special behavioral, emotional, physical, or allergy needs that should be considered. Registration forms can be accessed in the Children & Youth section of the website, or contact Elise Berrocal for more information.
Make an annual Financial Commitment (Pledge)?
A financial commitment (Pledge) is required of all members, each year. The congregation is supported entirely by its members and friends. There is no maximum or minimum amount that is required, but we ask that you pledge at a level that is noticeable in your life, and reflects your support of the congregation. Without accurate pledge information, the church leadership cannot make responsible decisions about budgeting.
Sign up for online financial giving?
If you wish to set up recurrent financial giving through our church payment system (Access ACS), contact Susan Eckert.
Submit an item to the office for reimbursement?
If you have made an approved purchase for a church group or event, and need reimbursement, you can find blank reimbursement forms in the Church Office. They are located outside the minister’s offices, near the mailboxes, in the black letter trays. One tray is for blank copies, and another tray is for completed forms. Fill out the form, attach any pertinent receipts, and leave it in the tray for completed reimbursement forms. Feel free to contact the Church Office if you have questions about this process.
Rent or use the church’s space for an event?
Church members can rent or use the church’s space at a discounted rate, depending on the purpose of the event. Non-members or outside non-profit groups will need to rent the space at our regular rate. Payment for sound booth support, custodial services, or other needs will be negotiated with our Administrative Assistant. Please contact Michele to use or rent UUCA space.
Request a UUCA minister for a wedding, child dedication, or memorial service?
Ministers at UUCA are legally able to officiate weddings, and are happy to do so for any loving and committed couple, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Our ministers are also honored to officiate at memorial services, funerals, and child dedications or blessings. Church members who have been committed to UUCA for at least one year will receive officiant services free of charge. Non-members or new-members will be charged an honorarium. Contact the minister of your choice, directly. Contact information for Fred, John, Christina, and our Intern Minister, can be found here.
Start a new group at UUCA?
The ministers and administrators at UUCA applaud and encourage organic growth of new programs and groups at UUCA. To ensure the sustainability and safety of these programs, and to maintain a sense of focus around the UUCA mission, we require new groups to have at least three church members in leadership of the group.
Before applying to become an official group, church members can request up to four “interest sessions” to recruit support and enthusiasm. Contact our Administrative Assistant, Michele, to schedule those sessions and discuss publicity.
After the interest sessions are completed, the group must complete the Application Form to become an official group. The Administrative Team will review applications and will let the group know whether or not there are any questions, concerns, or needs they have about the new group.
Sponsor an outside (non-UUCA) group or event?
From time to time, UUCA wishes to sponsor worthy outside groups to use space, or hold an event at the church. An existing group of the church must act as the “sponsor” and serve as the liaison between the church office and the sponsored group or event. The liaison will handle issues such as unlocking and locking the space, ensuring the cleanup occurs satisfactorily, and assumes responsibility for the use of the church name and identity in association with the sponsored group. To request to sponsor an outside group or event, a leader from the sponsoring group must complete this application.
Host a fundraiser for an outside (non-UUCA) group?
From time to time, UUCA wishes to raise money or in-kind donations for itself or another worthy organization. An existing group of the church must act as the “sponsor” and serve as the liaison between the church office and the recipient group. The liaison will handle issues such as publications and communications, keeping donations orderly, and transporting donations from the church to the recipient group. To request to sponsor a fundraiser, a leader from the sponsoring group must complete this application.
Update my existing group’s information with the Church Office?
Are you the leader of an existing group at UUCA? Each Fall, we require each group to update the office as to meeting dates/times, leaders, contact information, and group goals. This requirement helps us keep track of the many wonderful groups at the church, and to ensure our calendar, communications, and goals are effective throughout the year.
Group leaders will be contacted at the end of the summer, and given a form with which they can update information. These forms will be due, annually, on September 1. While forms will be emailed to each group’s primary contact person, you can also print one here.
Sign up to facilitate an adult class for the “Connections” program?
Our Adult classes through “Connections” offer a chance for lay leaders to share their passion and knowledge in particular areas with their community. We encourage anyone to submit class proposals throughout the year, to be offered in our “semesters” and advertised monthly on our green “Connections” information sheet. Facilitators need not be experts! Just have a passion to teach and learn with others. The “Connections” team will review proposals to ensure that the classes offered are diverse, and fit with UUCA’s purpose and mission. To propose a class, complete this form and submit it to Rev. Christina Leone Tracy.
Submit to “In the Know,” “Order of Service Announcements,” or “Highlights” publications?
Our incredible Administrative Assistant manages these publications, and she has the following guidelines to help you get the word out about your event, program, or project. To see the full guidelines for these and other communications venues, click on the title of your publication of choice below:
Sign up for “In the Know” weekly e-news?
Send an email with “In the Know” in the Subject Line (the body of the message can be left blank) to our Administrative Assistant, Michele.
We are located on Facebook, here.
Our Yahoo Group “listserv” is an un-moderated email chat for informal community announcements or conversation. The listserv is not organized or moderated by UUCA staff or ministers. Instead, it is solely for the use of the lay community. The AnnapolisUUs group can be found here. The group will be open to you after you submit a request to join, through the above link.