Path to Membership

Perhaps you knew the moment you stepped through the door that this is the place for you. Perhaps you came to a few services, joined a team or group and began to settle into congregational life. Perhaps you are new to us and want to make First Unitarian Society of Ithaca your spiritual home. Or perhaps you have been with us for years and have now decided to officially join our membership.

What does it mean to be a member?

A member is, simply stated, someone who has signed our membership book. However, we think of membership as a deeper connection to the congregation. Choosing to take the step from “friend,” to “member,” means committing to the mission, vision, and principles of our congregation.

Membership (if obtained at least 30 days prior to the vote) gives one the right to vote on congregational issues at our annual meeting each May, or any special votes called by the Board throughout the year.

It also ensures your inclusion in mailings which may go out throughout the year, and shows your support for liberal religion in the Ithaca community.

After becoming a member, you will also begin to receive your subscription to UU World magazine.

The Path

Meeting us, meeting you —

Membership begins like any relationship does, by showing up. We will meet you where you are and hope you will join us as you are able. Consider:

We want to know you and we hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us and all we can offer!

Become a member —

When you are ready to join, you will fill out a new member profile to give us a little bit of information about you and your family.

We will arrange a time for you to sign the membership book.

New Member Recognition Ceremonies

Twice per year, we recognize our newest members in a special ceremony during Sunday service so that you may publicly share your official membership in this faith community.


If you have additional questions not answered here, just let us know at

Whatever your path to get here, we welcome you and we value your commitment to our congregation.