For Visitors – Becoming a Member 2017-09-26T18:57:11+00:00

Becoming a Member


We encourage you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, taking part in the many ways we grow our beloved community, including book groups, lifespan religious education classes, special events, and social action. When you are ready to learn more about what it means to be a member of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, we invite you into this two-step process:

The first step is Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, a 90 minutes class offered Sundays after the worship service, approximately once a month. This class is designed to help you decide whether Unitarian Universalism is the right faith for you. Led by our Senior Minister, Rev. Bret Lortie, the class explores UU history, the principles and sources of our faith, the structure and governance of our congregations, and how we practice being in beloved community.

The second step is Orientation Toward Membership, a three hour class offered about four times a year at various times to accommodate various schedules. In this class, led by our New Member Committee and Assistant Minister Rev. Eileen Wiviott, we will explore the spiritual journey that led you to the Unitarian Church of Evanston, the many rewards as well as the responsibilities of membership, and the meaning of covenant.

Child care is offered upon request for both of these classes.  Sign up at the Guest & Member Services table in the lobby, or by contacting Rev. Eileen Wiviott at [email protected] or 847-864-1330 x111.

Upcoming sessions include:

Intro to UU:

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017; 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • Sunday, September 17, 2017; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 18, 2018; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 25, 2018; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018; 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 3, 2018; 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Orientation Toward Membership:

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017; 9:00 am – noon
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017; 9:00 am – noon
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; 9:00 am – noon
  • Saturday, March 31, 2018; 9:00am – noon
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018; 9:00am – noon

The next New Member Covenant Sundays at 11 a.m. service (membership book signing and joining ceremony):

  • TBA

Connecting UU: a path to belonging at UCE
45 minute discussions; Sundays at 10:15 in Room 12
These sessions are open to all,
no matter where you are on the journey.
Childcare available. No need to sign up in advance.

UU Principles – understanding the seven principles, an enlightening discussion led by members of the New Member Committee.

UU Sources – A discussion of the six sources from which we draw wisdom and spiritual nourishment.

Spiritual Journeys (4 parts) – take any one or all of them in any order. Explore your religious and spiritual background, where you come from, what you want to cherish and what you want to release, and how you practice your spirituality.

How to Get Involved – Learn how to become more engaged in the life of the church, find groups and activities of interest, discover the way things get done, answer your questions about belonging in our community.

UCE History and Tour – Learn more about the history, architecture and art of our building through a guided tour led by one of our long-term members. Tour begins at the back of the sanctuary near the large mural.