I’m Currently a Friend. Why Should I Become a Member?
How Do I Become a Member?
Considering BUF Membership? Sign up for Pathway Classes!
If you've think you've found your spiritual home or community at BUF, please attend our three-part "Pathway to Membership" series. Our minister Rev. Paul Beckel will provide an overview of UU history and theology; we'll also explain BUF's structure, culture, and programming, and clarify member benefits and responsibilities. The classes will help you to consider your spiritual orientation, to make meaningful connections at BUF, and to weigh your readiness to commit to our faith community. Childcare available on request with sufficient notice. To register, contact Judy Kasper 360.778.1170.
What BUF Will Ask of You as a Member
- Attend regularly. Small miracles
happen each Sunday. Your presence is a meaningful addition to the
community’s energy and power. A word, the silence, music or a song
may be healing, encouraging, or transformative for you. Or you can be
the one to reach out to welcome someone new, offer an affirming look
or say a transforming word. A small miracle may happen through you. See more under WORSHIP.
- Consider committing to a spiritual
practice. BUF will offer you ideas for developing a practice right
for you – praying; meditating; chanting; reading poetry or other
inspirational words; walking; journal-keeping. . . Care for your own
spirituality, so that you may then help others. See more under LEARN.
- Participate in activities. Join
one of our groups, classes, or circles. We offer many ways to feed
your mind and spirit. You’ll find friends and fun this way. See more under CONNECT.
- Serve the fellowship as you’re
able. We are grateful for and encourage your gifts. We will support
you as you search for your ministry here: as a greeter, a Sunday
celebrant, a religious education teacher, a cleaning team member, a cook for a Community Night Dinner, sing in the choir –
whatever calls to you. This is where you’ll make deeper
connections. See more under SERVE - Serve the Congregation.
- Serve the larger community. We
want the fellowship to give in good measure to alleviate suffering in
the world. We help each other respond to the needs of the world with
compassion and action. BUF supports various community organizations
as well as hosts its own in-house Ministry, Humanitas. These
opportunities are well publicized. See more under SERVE - Serve The Community.
- Give as generously as you can to
support the fellowship’s work. Members share in good measure in
order to live in good conscience and sleep well at night. May we know
meaning and joy in giving. We give to each other, all together, to
keep our faith community strong. See more under GIVE.
What You as a Member May Expect of BUF
- As an inclusive community, we will
affirm you as a unique individual. We will help you find your own
spiritual path through our services, music, and adult religious
education. We will encourage you to serve both our congregation and
our community, while respecting the limits placed on you by family,
work, or health.
- Membership at BUF can change your life
in myriad ways. Some of us make amazing new friends; others overcome
shyness. Still others learn new skills, take risks, or cultivate
avocations beyond their work lives. We will celebrate your joys with you and do our best to support you in times of stress and sadness.
- Many of us find that the Unitarian
Universalist search for individual truth and meaning helps us unpack old religious baggage and discover exciting new possibilities
for growth and change.
- At BUF, members get back at least as
much as they give. There’s always more at BUF: more love, more
hope, more learning, more growth, more joy, more fun. Dare to try us;
new members often exclaim that they were UUs all their lives; they
just didn’t know it!