New to the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga (UCM)?
Wondering how to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation?
Interested in becoming involved in some of our activities?
Want to become a member of UCM?
Our Minister, the Reverend Fiona Heath, or a member of the Membership Committee will be happy to talk to you about UCM. You will be invited to sign our Visitors’ Book, and to stay for coffee and conversation after the service.
As you attend our Sunday services and mix with the congregation, you will learn more and more! Sign out a book from our library. Enrol in an Adult Education course or activity. Ask questions! Check out the numerous websites. Orientation sessions are held twice a year for newcomers to learn more about the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga and Unitarian Universalism. Because Unitarian Universalism is non-creedal, there is no profession of faith required before joining. However, if you agree with the principles outlined in our Vision Statement (printed on the back of every Sunday Order of Service) and agree to provide identified financial contributions as you are able, we would gladly have you walk with us and work with us as a member.
Once a newcomer decides to join UCM by completing our Membership Form and signing the Membership Book, (s)he can expect to: receive an official welcome letter; receive copies of the UCM Constitution, Safe Steps Policy, Welcoming Congregation document and the congregation’s photo directory; have their photo taken and be asked to provide a short biography for posting on our New Members bulletin board in the entry hall and in our newsletter, Visions & Voices; participate in our New Member Sunday Service and reception, held each January (an opportunity for a congregational welcome with refreshments), and be invited to various congregational functions and events.
Members may vote at congregational meetings. They may serve on the Board of Directors or be Chair of a committee. In return, the new member’s responsibilities include continuing support of our Vision Statement, becoming actively involved in the congregation, and making identified financial contributions to UCM, all of this as (s)he is able. All financial giving is kept confidential and is discretionary to each member’s ability to contribute. An annual pledge will be requested during our November Canvass. If you contribute a nominal $10 or more during the calendar year, you will receive a tax receipt. Above all, this is your spiritual journey and we want you to travel at your own pace and enjoy! Maybe you don’t have to become a Unitarian because you already are one!
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious faith grounded in the principle of covenant. Our beliefs are diverse, and we walk our paths to spiritual discovery and truth together. Unitarians are united by values rather than belief in one set of creed or dogma. Our values include acceptance of one another, compassion, and a commitment to justice and equity. We believe in exploring the mysteries of life, we believe in ethical living, we believe in living out our spirituality in this world by working for peace, justice, equality, democracy, and respect—for one another, as well as for the interdependent web of life, of which we are all a part. We believe that it is not who or what you believe in that is important, but rather, how you live your life.