People's Church
115 West Loomis St.
Ludington, MI 49431
Phone: (231) 845-6493
Sunday Services 11:00am

Heart and Mind - September 2019

Heart and Mind - Dr. Lou Yock

If you look at the publications and documents of People’s Church, among the sources there are different definitions and descriptions for what makes someone a member, friend, or visitor.  These mostly agree, but not entirely, and sometimes there is confusion and even contradictions within the same category.  Over the last few months Chrissie Hall, Maureen Myers, Jean Matievich, Sharon Edgar, Carol Marshall, and myself, who serve on the Membership Committee, looked at all the different descriptions and definitions, to clear up confusion and get them to agree.  Especially for this coming year, when we are voting more than usual, it is good that those who would like to vote be given the opportunity.

 

All the different categories were looked at from over the years, going back to the start of the church.  Last month, after several drafts, a streamlined version of participant definitions was given to Mary Besson, Connie Leatherman, Mark Tucker, Peg Gage, Jane Carpenter, and Sue Scarfino—the members of the board—who then made a few revisions before adopting what you find below.

 

The purpose of this is not to draw hard and fast rules, but rather to give people an understanding of the category they choose to be in with the lists of benefits and requirements.  As with most things for us, there will always be exceptions and special considerations to be made, but this gives everyone a starting point to look at.

 

Member

Persons who wish to be considered Members will:

-be at least sixteen years old.

-be in agreement with Article II of our Bylaws (UU Principles).

-support the People’s Church Covenant.

-participate in an orientation to People’s Church sponsored by the Membership

            Committee.

-attend services, contribute time and talent, and make an annual financial

            contribution of record.

-sign the Membership Book.

 

Benefits

A member may:

   -serve on the Board of Trustees.

   -vote at church meetings after 30 days from signing the Membership Book.

   -chair or be a member of any church committee or ad hoc task force.

   -have use of the church sanctuary and minister for weddings, memorial

            services, and child dedications.

   -use the services of the church minister for counseling.

   -receive the UU publication, The World.

   -receive all church communication.

   -be listed in the Church Directory.

   -be recognized for church service awards.

   -be eligible for Emergency Fund benefits.

   -have payment made from People’s Church on behalf of the member for

    UUA and MidAmerica Region dues.

 

Persons can be removed from membership through their written request to the Board.  If there has been no financial contribution of record within a fiscal year, the Membership Committee will review their membership and may make an appropriate recommendation to the Board.

 

Friend

Persons who wish to be considered friends will:

-be in agreement with Article II of our Bylaws (UU Principles)

-support the People’s Church Covenant

-make an annual financial contribution of record.

 

Benefits

Friends may:

   -serve on, but not be the chair of, committees, except for the Board, Finance,

     Nominating, and Search Committees.

   -be listed in the Church Directory.

   -receive all church communications.

   -have use of the church sanctuary and minister for weddings, memorial

            services, and child dedications.

   -use of the services of the church minister for counseling.

 

If there has been no financial contribution of record within a fiscal year, the Membership Committee will determine their status.

 

Visitor/Guest

A visitor or guest is a person who supports Unitarian Universalist principles and the People’s Church Covenant.   A visitor or guest is one who comes occasionally because of a specific service topic, event, or is visiting the area.  A visitor or guest may sign the visitor’s book and may request communications from the church.  The Membership Committee will contact them after 3 months to determine if they want to continue receiving our communications.  The Membership Committee will determine whether or not they will be listed in the People’s Church directory. 

 

Benefits

A visitor or guest may:

    -receive a letter from the minister with the latest information about the

     church if they sign the Visitor’s Book.

   -receive church communications if requested.

 

Inactive Friend or Member

Those persons who were friends or members and who continue to have interest in church activities, but cannot contribute with time, talent, or a financial contribution of record due to age, disability, or other circumstances, as determined by the Membership Committee.   A representative from the Membership Committee will contact them on an annual basis to determine if they want to maintain their membership.  UUA and MidAmerica Region dues will not be paid on their behalf.

 

Benefits

An inactive friend or member may:  

   -receive church communications.

   -be listed in the Church Directory.

   -use the church sanctuary and minister for weddings, memorial services,

     and child dedications.

   -use of the services of the church minister for counseling.