With well more than a third of the congregations in the UUA reporting, a trend is setting in that bodes ill: 1% growth. The 398 congregations that certified have a combined membership of 64,519 members, but have only added 667 to “the family.” Again, 310 of those are the Church of the Larger Fellowship, meaning that the CLF plus the top five growers could be acclaimed as contributing all the new growth to the UUA. (If that was fair. Which it isn’t.)
Another growing church of note, and this time we know its (student) pastor from the blogosphere. The First Universalist Church of Eldorado, Ohio (a.k.a. First Unitarian-Universalist) grew from 25 to 34 members, growth of 36%. Cheers to Derek Parker and his church!