Tag Archives: stages of membership

Resources on the Searching Stage

American Ethical Union, National Presence/Public Relations Committee. Publicity Handbook. 1994. Available from AEU Growth & Development Office. “Membership 101” — a basic membership workshop offered by members of the AEU Membership Committee. Contact AEU Growth and Development Office to set up a workshop in exchange for travel expenses and, in some cases, an honorarium. Assimilating New Members by Lyle Schaller (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1978) One of the best resources for membership growth in… Read More »

09 Searching

Introduction by Joy McConnell and Stephanie Dohner Question: Why should people find us? Answer: We let them know we are here. Then we welcome them when they come. Many people in our communities are unchurched today. Many of those people see themselves as humanists, agnostics, atheists or free-thinkers. Many of those people are looking for a community where they can get support for living more ethical and meaningful lives. Many people are… Read More »

Starting New Activities

Joy McConnell’s theory of starting new activities in Societies: In Ethical Societies we often don’t start an activity or program until we know there is a definite interest and enough people to make it worthwhile. WE MUST CHANGE THIS. What it takes to make a program or activity work is one person or a small group of people who are committed to be there ready to go with the program every time-someone… Read More »

Helping New Members Feel They Belong

BRAINSTORMED LIST OF WHAT ETHICAL SOCIETIES CAN DO TO HELP NEW MEMBERS FEEL MORE AS IF THEY BELONG From AEU Membership Workshop, October 1991, Westchester) People could really listen to them. Get them involved in small ways at first. Communicate often — phone calls, written materials. Establish relational/peer groups or new activities: potluck dinners, socials, dances, theater parties, improvizational theater, outreach, ethnic dinners, fall gathering (weekend away in the country), workshops… Read More »

11 Affiliating

Affiliating Question: How do newcomers know if they really belong here? Do they identify with Ethical Culture/Humanism? Answer: If Societies/Fellowships provide opportunities for building friendships and learning more about Ethical Culture/Humanism and this Society, if newcomers discover that they are compatible with the philosophy, way of life, people, organization, and values, they will feel comfortable affiliating with this Society. The most important process for newcomers at this stage is forming relationships with… Read More »