The Emerson Avenger

The Emerson Avenger is a "memory hole" free blog where censorship is scorned. This blog will "guard the right to know" about any injustices and abuses that corrupt Unitarian Universalism. Posters may speak and argue freely, according to conscience, about any injustices and abuses, or indeed hypocrisy, that they may know about so that the Avenger, in the form of justice and redress, may come surely and swiftly. . . "Slowly, slowly the Avenger comes, but comes surely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In 1992 I underwent a profound revelatory experience of God which revealed that the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" is a "Sign in the Heavens" that symbolizes God's divine omniscience. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal contemptuously dismissed as my "psychotic experience" here: - This revelatory religious experience inspired me to propose an inter-religious celebration of Creation that would take place whenever a total solar eclipse took place over our planet. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan and other leading members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal falsely and maliciously labeled as a "cult" here: - I am now an excommunicated Unitarian whose "alternative spiritual practice" includes publicly exposing and denouncing Unitarian*Universalist injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy. The Emerson Avenger blog will serve that purpose for me and hopefully others will share their concerns here. Dee Miller's term DIM Thinking is used frequently and appropriately on this blog. You may read more about what DIM Thinking is here -

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Unitarian Universalist Church Attendance Figures Are Even Worse Than Stagnant Or Declining UUA Membership Statistics

But don't take my word for it U*Us. . .

Once again take the word of UU World magazine editor Chris Walton, as published in this comment on the online version of his UU World article titled 'UUA membership declines for fourth year' -

The UUA began tracking reported attendance in 2006, so we don't have a full decade's worth of data. The attendance data we have peaked in 2009 at 102,628, then began dropping at increasingly steeper rates. 2012 was down 4 percent from 2009, to 98,483.

A caveat, of course: This is a pretty new data point for congregations to be collecting and reporting, and it isn't clear yet how consistently it is being used compared to the reporting of membership. But the trend line parallels the membership trend, and it's hard to see good news in it.

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Interestingly enough, just off the top of my head, I had previously estimated that actual "church" attendance at UUA congregations on any given Sunday to be approximately 100,000 U*Us. Chris Walton's comment validates that off-the-cuff rough estimate that I came up with in the last few months, and even proves my "guesstimate" to be slightly high. It seems that actual attendance at U*U Sunday services is declining slightly faster than official U*U "church" membership. In any case, 98,483 church attendees for 2012 is a significantly lower figure than 161,502 card-carrying members in The U*U Movement in 2012. And let's not forget that not everyone attending a Unitarian Universalist "church" service is a U*U, thus church attendance in terms of actual U*Us will actually be somewhat lower than 98 thousand. Indeed these official UUA membership statistics mean that fewer than two thirds of the members of The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion even bother to attend U*U Sunday services. As Chris said, it's hard to see good news in these recent UUA statistics isn't it U*Us?

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