Up from 2004

Well, I’ve misplaced/lost all my UUA certification stats from 2005. (Does anyone have a list — including UU congregation ID numbers — for 2005?) But I do have 2004 and earlier. So this is what I have to date.

For those churches certified as of this morning, including the foreign ones and the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the membership has grown from 53,570 to 56,654, a net increase of 3,084.

But this number should be read through a few lenses.

  1. 136 of those members are in three new and one reactivated churches.
  2. the CLF lost 231 members in the two years. This does matter to me since the CLF would be a special case of how it attracts and loses members.
  3. The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines grew by 1,598 members, which suggests a change in the way members are counted. It, too, is a special case, and ought to be regarded as its own denomination (which it is) statistically.

This leaves a “useful” net increase of 1581 in the current sample of previously existing churches over the last two years. Even tripled (assuming that carried through the two-thirds of churches that haven’t certified yet) and you get a modest increase — but not good enough to deflect Michael Duvall’s criticism. (Article in the UU Voice) But y’all’ve heard me sing that tune before so I’ll refrain from saying more.

By Scott Wells

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

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