We know from studies of contemporary religious affiliation that upwards of 500,000 US Americans consider themselves Unitarian Universalists, of whom some two-thirds have no formal affiliation with a UU congregation. It raises very interesting questions for those of us who are affiliated. Do these folks want to belong to a UU church but haven’t found a welcome there? Is there a way our congregations could be serving their spiritual needs, regardless of whether they become members in the way we currently define membership? Should we within congregations join forces with these folks outside them in our social justice work? It’s hard to know the answers to these questions without knowing why they consider themselves UU and why they’re not members of a congregation. Tandi Rogers, who works on growth issues for the Unitarian Universalist Association, has created a survey to try to learn a little more.
If you identify as “Unitarian,” “Universalist,” or “UU,” but you don’t belong to or regularly attend a UU congregation, I hope you’ll have your voice included in this 13-question survey of “Free Range UUs” (LOL). You also might be a good candidate for this survey if you describe yourself as “spiritual but not religious.”