Category: Ministry

Congregations and Beyond: Consultation

Some cynical wit once observed that there are two kinds of meetings—some meetings are preparations for action while other meetings are substitutes for action. Alas, I have been to plenty of meetings that fall into the “substitutes for action” category. But two weeks ago I attended a meeting that has the potential to have a …

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Comparing Congregational Attendance

I have just seen some fascinating research information that compares Unitarian Universalist congregations to “mainline” Protestant and “evangelical” congregations. The data compare attendance (as opposed to membership) over the last decade. Briefly, the study finds that UU congregations are doing better than evangelical churches and a lot better than mainline churches. The study found that …

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From the Road: Mexico City

I have been hoping to visit the UU community in Mexico City for a couple of years, but things never worked out schedule-wise. Last week I finally got the chance, and it was a great experience. One of the exciting things happening in the international world of Unitarian Universalism is the springing up of UU …

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Diversity of Ministry

One of the great challenges of our UU faith has been bringing diversity to our professional ministry. In the last generation women ministers have become the majority. In the last decade the number of BGLTQ ministers has risen dramatically. Yet the number of African American, Latino and other ministers of color has remained low. This …

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