The big news at the last UUA Board meeting is not Arizona

The big, unrecognized news at the last meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association wasn’t about the 2012 Phoenix General Assembly — see http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/175338.shtml — but internal matters: things we can effectively change. Indeed, can be changed with a bit of red pencil. One relates to internal transparency — more about… Continue reading The big news at the last UUA Board meeting is not Arizona

A metropolis without Unitarian Universalists; no, dozens, really

Later. Title changed to its opposite to correctly reflect the facts herein. Oops. Dear readers, to recap. I data-hacked the Unitarian Universalist Association directory and mapped it to Office of Management and Budget-defined areas: some metropolitan, some micropolitan, the balance rural. More or less. I wanted to find which low-population areas had Unitarian Universalist congregations… Continue reading A metropolis without Unitarian Universalists; no, dozens, really

Where else to plan #2: liberal Christian deserts

I’ll keep this short. The conventional wisdom says the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church — sometimes the Lutherans and the Disciples — have filled the ecological niche of liberal Protestantism that once included Unitarians and Universalists, thus we don’t need to form new Christian churches, or perhaps only benefit from planting those that speak… Continue reading Where else to plan #2: liberal Christian deserts

Where else to plan #1: micropolitan areas

Since the question of church planting has struck a nerve, I think it’s fair to ask where Unitarian Universalists should prioritize new church starts, if other factors are equal. (But this implies a corporate interest in church planting; yet I live in hope.) Consider the 577 micropolitan areas in the United States, “as defined by… Continue reading Where else to plan #1: micropolitan areas

How many new congregations?

I’m trying to get the lay of the land, respecting new(ish) churches that have joined the Unitarian Universalist Association. I wrote about the batch that were welcomed at General Assembly 2006 — goodness! more than four years ago — and so wanted to know how many more were in. I was horrified by what I… Continue reading How many new congregations?

Second Universalist Church weekend!

My long-suffering husband has agreed to entertain himself this weekend while I work on the new church start. Getting the social media pieces set up, a provisional site and quite a bit of research and wordsmithing. Also researching Joomla, since it has CiviCRM integration and that might be very useful. And thanks to UUWorld for… Continue reading Second Universalist Church weekend!

A new church

I’ve started planning a new church for Washington, D.C. To be specific, a Universalist Christian church. As I put it in a letter to denominational and local stakeholders: My vision (much less the plans) for this new church is still developing, but I see it as a traditional-postmodern church start, as found in other denominations;… Continue reading A new church

The unincorporated churches option

Following up on two former blog posts, I want to introduce the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act. But what does the UUNAA has to do for UUs, or other people organizing religious congregations? There are really two uniform acts — 1996 and a revised version from 2008. Fewer than a fifth of all states have… Continue reading The unincorporated churches option

Unincorporated churches: the why of UUA polity

Digging into the Rules of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a church-planter would find Rule 3.3.5.f, which begins: A congregation should be incorporated when possible under the laws of the state in which it exists. A congregation shall include in its articles of incorporation or other organizing documents a clause providing that the assets of the… Continue reading Unincorporated churches: the why of UUA polity

Looking at membership and expenditure numbers, part 1

Better, I think, to do this in parts, interspersed with other topics. I have been opining that we’ve had the return of the Fellowship movement within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). I think, however, the real mystery is why there is a lack of variety in new congregational development. Why the insistence on “full service”… Continue reading Looking at membership and expenditure numbers, part 1