Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

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Denominational Profile

History

Universalist Church in America
American Unitarian Association

merged intoUnitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (1961)

 

The Unitarian Universalist Association was formed in 1961 by the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church in America. The merger represents the coming together of the two oldest segments of the liberal tradition. Unitarian Universalism is a creedless religion with Judeo-Christian roots. It draws also from Eastern, humanist, and other religious traditions, and encourages its members to seek religious truth out of their own reflection and experience.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1961 992 786 147,031
1962 1,043 859 153,689
1963 1,094 859 164,474
1964 1,103 - 167,892
1965 1,044 863 166,622
1968 1,135 968 282,307
1969 1,076 868 265,408
1973 961 882 200,405
1974 946 864 192,510
1976 942 881 184,552
1977 945 904 180,240
1978 936 898 136,207
1979 988 942 139,052
1982 935 949 131,844
1983 945 949 169,168
1984 943 1,018 170,510
1985 948 1,041 171,838
1986 956 1,069 173,167
1988 956 1,140 178,623
1989 1,010 1,252 182,211
1991 1,020 1,210 141,315
1999 - 1,400 216,931
2000 - 1,051 220,000
2001 171 1,010 214,738
2002 171 1,010 214,738
2007 1,752 1,046 221,476
2009 1,773 1,048 221,367

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]