These are the emerging congregations

Since a picture — or map — is worth a thousand words, I’ve created a Google map showing where all the emerging congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association are. I’ve tried to put the most recent details with each congregation, but if you see an error, please make a comment.

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You can also view this page in Google Earth if you have it installed on your computer.

Google Map of Emerging UUA Congregations

P.s. Want to guess what my next project is?

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Scott – Your map/list included All Souls Parish in Summerville, SC. According to their webpage, they disbanded in January 2008. — Derek

  2. Ugh. That’s the second congregation in Summerville to fail. I’ve noted the disbandment and distinguished it by making the pushpin purple.

    Thanks for checking that.

  3. Here’s one that’s in CA that is, I think, still “emerging” (what’s the definition?).

    What’s with the whole Pacific NW?

  4. Scott – You can add another emerging congregation to your list. New Hope Congregation in New Hudson, Michigan. See . I believe they broke off the congregation in Brighton, Michigan following a congregational conflict. Brighton’s former minister is New Hope’s minister.


  5. @Steven. You’re right. It’s listed under its former name Epiphany Church. The organizing minister is Ron Robinson, who is also the executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship.

    @Patrick and Derek. I’m using the UUA directory online as the definition. There are a number of congregations — none particularly large I think — that have some relationship to a district, particularly in the Pacific district and in Maine. (Hilo, Hawaii and Orono, Maine come to mind.) They’re almost “independent affiliate congregations” and deserve their own data layer and map. So I’ll research your suggestions before finding the right map to put them in. They might also be “emerging emerging” congregations and the online data is old. Who knows.

    @Patrick. What’s with the Pacific northwest indeed?! I would love to have a district data overlay. I suspect that’s really the question. . . .

    @all. I think I may be making my point about (1) visualizations and (2) distributed work.

  6. Well, FWIW, I know that congregation calls itself UU and is being/has been actively supported by the ministers of at least three congregation that are its closest neighbors (Riverside, Chalice and Palomar)–and, come to think of it, I know that the District or UUA — I think the UUA, but could be wrong — provided a technology grant to get them some AV equipment. It’d be mighty ironic if people are actively skirting their own data capture for some reason….

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