British Unitarian minister and blogger Stephen Lingwood has been going over the numbers within the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, in Great Britain. Do click through; I found myself holding my breath when I read these… 3,384 or 3,900 and why “visibility” is not the answer Growing Unitarian congregations 2013
So, I wanted a list of Unitarian Universalist member congregations and the years they were organized. Not just an idle curiosity, but to see what proportion is less than 30 years old, to see what era (other than the Fellowship Movement obviously) produced surviving churches, and which areas have a better recent experience of welcoming… Continue reading Lost churches sought
No April Fools, but an honest request. One of those resources that other communions have that we do not have is a comprehensive list of every Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist church that has been: the living and the dead. At the very least it would help establish a frame for a missiological history and… Continue reading Wanted: a comprehensive list of Universalist, Unitarian and Unitarian churches
So, if you think the best option for developing an unreached area is to plant an initially-subordinate extension from a large, existing congregation, you will want some place that’s got its own commerical (for space rental) and community focus yet is close enough for church staff and volunteers to support it, but far enough away… Continue reading Commuting zones: strawberry runners
Last time –and this was a while back — I talked about commuting zones was using them as a proxy for communities where a new Unitarian Universalist church could rise up. I have to admit I was wondering if I was being naive by drawing this conclusion. After all I don’t have any sociological, mapping… Continue reading These commuting zones are empty zones for Unitarian Universalist
[countdown date=2014/02/03-21:00:00] Just [timer] until certification closes. [/countdown] I’ve been noodling on UUA statistics; it’s the season, as it’s also the time Unitarian Universalist Association-member congregations need to certify, if they are to send voting delegates to General Assembly this summer. Here’s the notice: Congregations must log in and submit their membership/statistical data by 5:00… Continue reading Is your Unitarian Universalist congregation certified?
I think my next step for mapping United States Unitarian Universalist congregations is to assign each congregation to a commuting zone. Three years ago, I identified Unitarian Universalist congregations by micropolitan area — where appropriate. But commuting zones cover the whole United States, and since they “are geographic units of analysis intended to more closely… Continue reading Mapping congregations: commuting zones
Here’s one way to end the year: to review yearbooks of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, deposited at the Internet Archives. Why the NACCC, or “continuing Congregationalists,” here? Like the Unitarian Universalists, they are part of the New England Way of churches. Two UUA-member churches (First Parish, Plymouth and Universalist National Memorial Church)… Continue reading NACCC yearbooks online
We’re in the season (until the end of January) when Unitarian Universalist Association-member congregations certify their statistics (like membership) to have a vote at the next General Assembly. It’s the great statistical roundup, and I’ve seen it as part of the holiday season! Numbers! Three things to start: One can download CSVs of UUA certification… Continue reading Anyone want to talk about Unitarian Universalist congregational data?
Last year I made a somewhat silly mapping thought exercise: locating the geographic center of the membership of the Unitarian Universalist Association. That’s one way to describe what holds us all together, I suppose. This year, I’ve sought out and geocoded all the member churches of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches,… Continue reading The Unitarian center: UK edition