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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  

 

PathtoMembershipLogo2014We 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. Attend the Introduction to Our Faith class or meet with one of our ministers. The intro class is highly recommended. It 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. If you are unable to attend the introductory class, please contact the church office and arrange a brief get-acquainted visit with one of our ministers, so we can get to know you and help you clarify your hopes and dreams for your journey with us. 
  2. 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 or online at http://www.eliotchapel.org/giving
  3. Sign our membership book. After completing the steps above, you are ready to complete the path to membership by signing the membership book. You will also be invited to participate in a brief welcome ceremony during a Sunday service. At its next meeting after you sign the book, the Board of Trustees will formalize your membership. Your new ministry has begun!