This is a list I wanted before, so why not share? Multi-denominational — the term used at UUA.org — is actually better than the more commonly used term federated because not all multiply-affiliated congregation are federated. A federated church is church made of churches; while rare, a federated church can break apart into its member churches. (This happened a few years ago.) The other common alternative is a community church, with a single corporation. These are easier to administer than federated churches, but a breakup is more like a divorce. Or a community church can drop one or more of it’s affiliations. In one case, the congregation went UUA-only, but more often the UCC is the “winner.”
The list below notes all the multi-denominational churches in the UUA. A few caveats:
- I’ve long wondered if some of the single-digit member congregations in rural New England either function like federated churches in a local cooperative arrangement, or only report the Unitarian or Universalist partner in a federation.
- Two of the churches below identify all their UU members as “multi-denominational” — which doesn’t make sense. Either it’s an error in filing, or perhaps a misunderstanding in terms. Such as, “all our members are multi-denominational.” Both are tiny, Universalist and in New England, so I’d be prone to believe the later.
- In a two-way partnernship, a community church will usually report half its membership to one denomination and the rest to the other. But the stats for (UUA) membership and multi-denominational membership were made a few months apart so the smaller number isn’t going to be quite half.
- Universalist-watchers note: with the 1961 consolidation, some Universalist churches went independent and federated locally with others, including the continuing Congregationalists (NACCC) in a few cases. They’re not listed here.
- The last column is what other denominations are partners, where identified on their website.
- ABC: American Baptist Churches
- CCDOC: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Ethical Culture
- UCC: United Church of Christ
- UMC: United Methodist Church
- First Existentialist, Atlanta, was an independent congregation before joining the UUA; it is essentially federated with its own founding identity. I can’t find the Friends partner with First Parish, Bolton; it isn’t New England Yearly Meeting.
|Washington Ethical Society||Washington||DC||150||301||Ethical Culture|
|First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta||Atlanta||GA||23||65|
|The Federated Church||Avon||IL||11||105|
|Peoples Church of Chicago Inc.||Chicago||IL||10||32||UCC|
|The First Parish of Bolton||Bolton||MA||12||182||Friends, ABC, UCC|
|The First Church of Deerfield||Deerfield||MA||9||80||UCC|
|First Universalist Church of Hardwick Preservation Trust||Hardwick||MA||12||12|
|The Community Church Of North Orange And Tully||Orange||MA||10||50|
|Cong. Parish in Norton (Unitarian)||Norton||MA||13||13|
|The Federated Church of Orleans||East Orleans||MA||4||308||UCC|
|The Eliot Church of South Natick||Natick||MA||68||143||UCC|
|The First Church in Sterling||Sterling||MA||51||400||ABC, UCC|
|Federated Church||Sturbridge||MA||8||250||ABC, UCC|
|First Church of Templeton||Templeton||MA||10||160|
|The First Church of West Bridgewater||West Bridgewater||MA||66||130||UCC|
|First Parish Church United of Westford||Westford||MA||141||277||UCC|
|The Federated Church of Marlborough||Marlborough||NH||7||118||UCC, UMC|
|Newfields Community Church||Newfields||NH||5||54|
|The United Church of Winchester||Winchester||NH||6||119||UCC, UMC|
|All Souls Bethlehem Church||Brooklyn||NY||23||30||CCDOC, UCC|
|Church of the Mediator||Providence||RI||8||11|