American Ethical Union

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Denominational Profile

Notes

Also known as the Ethical Culture Movement, the American Ethical Union is a national federation of Ethical Humanist Societies founded in 1889 in New York. The Ethical Culture Movement itself was founded in 1876 by Felix Adler.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 12 7 3,000
1935 11 7 3,750
1937 - - 3,024
1940 - 7 3,024
1942 - 6 3,000
1944 - 6 2,875
1946 - 8 3,500
1950 - 8 5,000
1951 - 11 5,000
1952 21 18 5,000
1953 23 19 5,265
1954 21 20 5,470
1955 21 23 5,678
1956 24 22 6,000
1957 24 22 6,500
1959 22 23 6,600
1960 23 28 6,700
1961 23 30 7,000
1962 23 30 7,050
1965 30 30 5,500
1966 38 50 5,500
1969 37 30 6,000
1970 37 30 6,000
1972 37 25 5,000
1974 36 25 5,000
1975 36 25 5,000
1976 38 25 5,000
1977 32 25 5,000
1978 27 21 5,000
1979 27 21 5,000
1980 32 21 4,000
1981 30 22 4,000
1982 32 25 4,000
1983 34 26 4,000
1984 36 26 4,000
1985 41 23 3,500
1986 45 21 3,500
1987 45 21 3,500
1988 43 21 3,212

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]