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How can I obtain more information? 

To find out more about membership at Eliot, please contact:

membership@eliotchapel.org or
314-821-0911
 

Click here to download the Eliot Chapel Path to Membership brochure.

 “The religious community is essential,
for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen.”

Mark Morrison-Reed  

 

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We are delighted that your spiritual journey has led you to explore Eliot Unitarian Chapel.

Whether you have joined us for Sunday worship or have children enrolled in our vibrant religious education program, we hope you are getting a sense of how Eliot can touch hearts, expand minds and change lives.

We invite you to consider taking the next step on your journey of exploration – to become a member of Eliot. Our Path to Membership is designed to facilitate your deeper understanding of our faith, provide you with an opportunity to know more about Eliot, and offer you a way to make a tangible commitment to this community and your own spiritual transformation.  

 
What does it mean to be a member of Eliot Unitarian Chapel? 

When you join Eliot, you are not just joining a church; you are joining the people of the church. This kind of membership is covenantal, that is, you are making a sacred promise to walk together. A familiar form of covenant is the marriage vow—two people promise to walk together for better or for worse. To join Eliot Unitarian Chapel is to make this sort of promise, not to only one person, but to the hundreds who gather here. As a member of the congregation, you will have the privilege and responsibility of:  

  • voting at annual and special congregational meetings
  • electing the members of the Board of Trustees
  • serving on the teams and task forces that do the ministry of Eliot  
 
What are the expectations of membership? 

While our spiritual paths are unique, to build a healthy community of faith requires a level of commitment. Eliot members are urged to: 

  • Worship regularly with the congregation
  • Join in the work and play of the congregation
  • Participate in an Eliot covenant group for deeper spiritual growth
  • Make a financial commitment
  • Care for and support others in our community
  • Perform service to the wider community
  • Connect with our larger faith movement
 
What are the steps in becoming an Eliot member?    
  1. Participate in the Inquirers Series. This introductory series is highly recommended. The sessions will provide you with an overview of the rich and remarkable history of Unitarian Universalism, introduce the values that characterize our faith, and familiarize you with the history, mission, and activities of Eliot Unitarian Chapel. The Inquirers Series runs throughout the year with sessions meeting at 11:00 am most Sundays in the Triplett Room. Information is available in the Guest Center and in weekly Orders of Service and e-mail news. Read more about it on our Adult Classes page
  2. Complete the membership questionnaire. Included in this brochure are questions, which will help you determine your readiness for membership. Participation in the Inquirers Series will help you answer the questions.
  3. Make a financial pledge. Members make an annual pledge of financial support to the church as a spiritual discipline. We ask members to consider giving 5% of their income. If that is not possible for you, start where you can and work up. What you give is an individual choice and should be generous pledge for you. Your pledge can always be adjusted if your financial circumstances change. Pledge cards are available from the church office, in the Guest Center, or on our giving page here.  
  4. Sign our membership book. After completing the steps above, your path to membership concludes in signing the membership book. The membership book is available for signing after both services on the second Sunday of every month. Check the Sunday Order of Service or the weekly e-mail for details on location. The Eliot Board of Trustees will formalize your membership at its next meeting after you sign the book. Your new ministry begins!

 

Membership Readiness Self-Assessment

The following questions will help you determine if you are ready for membership. The names of Inquirers Series sessions that will help you with your answers are provided for each area of religious life.

Area Self-Assessment Questions Inquirer Series
Identity

Do I consider myself a Unitarian Universalist? What tells me that I am? Would I tell my family and friends that I am a UU?

  • • Membership 101
  • • UU History
  • • Worship and the Liturgical Year
  • • Building Tour and Eliot History

Spiritual
Journey

Am I committed to growing spiritually at Eliot Chapel through practice and action? Am I committed to my children receiving a liberal religious education?
  • • Religious Education and Adult Spirituality
  • • Principles, Sources, and Covenant

Service

Am I ready to offer my time and talent to advance Eliot’s mission? Am I willing to learn about what is needed and to help at the level of my ability?
  • • Social Justice in Action
  • • Pastoral Care and Small Groups
Community Do I understand that being part of a community means to care for others and to allow them to care for me? How will I be proactive in making those connections? Do I understand the commitment to our covenant, and am I willing to support it?
  • • Religious Education and Adult Spirituality
  • • Pastoral Care and Small Groups

Financial
Support

Do I understand that Eliot Chapel is self-supporting and that I have an obligation as a member to provide financial support? Am I prepared to make a commitment in the form of a financial pledge?
  • • Membership 101