Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
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Year Reporting: 2009
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Description: History: The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), created in 1961 through a consolidation of the Universalist Church of America with the American Unitarian Association, combines two liberal religious traditions. The religion traces its roots back to Europe where in 1569, the Transylvanian king, John Sigismund (1540-1571), issued an edict of religious freedom. The religious philosophy led to the organization of the Universalists in this country in 1793, and the Unitarians (organized here in 1825).

Beliefs: Founders of Universalism believed in universal salvation of all humans by God, while founders of Unitrarianism believed in the unity of God (as opposed to the Trinity). Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, 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. The denomination teaches tolerance and respect for other religious viewpoints and affirms the worth and dignity of every person.

Organization and Government: The Unitarian Universalist Association consists of 1,048 congregations in the United States and Canada, with over 221,000 members, and is served by more than 1,700 ministers. The Association is the fastest-growing liberal religion in North America, at an average annual rate of between 1 and 2 percent. Each member congregation within the UUA is governed independently. In North America, the Association is made up of 19 Districts (served by a District Executive who is a member of the UUA staff), with each congregation having district affiliation. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Trustees, chaired by an elected Moderator. An elected President, three vice presidents, and directors of five departments form the Executive Staff that administers the daily activities of the Association.

The General Assembly, held each June in a different UUA District, serves as the Association's annual business meeting. The UUA includes Departments of Ministry and Professional Leadership; Lifespan Faith Development; Congregational Services; Identity Based Ministries; District Services; Advocacy and Witness; Financial Development; and Communications. "UU World", published quarterly, is the denominational journal. Beacon Press, an internationally honored trade publishing house, is wholly owned by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 25 Beacon Street
Address line 2:
City: Boston
State: Massachusetts
Zip Code: 02108
Country: United States
Email: info@uua.org

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Daisy Kincaid, Public Relations Director
Phone: (617)948-4386
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Rachel Walden
Position: Public Information Assistant
Phone: (617)948-4652
Email: info@uua.org

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 221,367
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 221,367
Total Churches: 1,048
Average Attendance: 0
Membership Calculation Method: Estimate

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 1,773
Other Service to the Church: 0
Retired: 0
Total Clergy: 1,773

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 1,048
Pupils: 56,683
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 56,683

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $0.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $152,722,868.00
Total Financial: $15,272,286,800
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures