Analyzing UUA member congregation numbers is so much easier now that you can bulk-download the data, which includes helpful tidbits like pledge income and average attendance. The stats were due on Monday, and so I hope they’re complete. [Scratch that: the deadline was extended to last night, due to recent bad weather in Boston.]
I’ll noodle over the numbers to see what they reveal — perhaps nothing profound — but it’s worth noting that they’re only as good as reported. Does a significant drop in members mean people left, or that a long-overdue cleanout took place?
It’s with that in mind that I note that about ten percent of reporting congregations report the exact same membership numbers as last year. Which is certainly possible, but also makes me wonder what may not be said or known.