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: http://revelationisnotsealed.homestead.com - 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: http://creationday.homestead.com - 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 - http://www.takecourage.org/defining.htm

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Unitarian Universalist Association Membership Statistics For 2017 & 2018 Are Open To Question. . .

It seems that the Unitarian Universalist Association has finally got around to adding official membership statistics for 2017 & 2018 to its UUA Statistics, 1961-2016 page, but couldn't be bothered to change 1961-2016 to 1961-2018. . .

Just one more sign of UUA incompetence, if not sheer laziness.

It looks like the UUA may be misrepresenting how many congregations remain within what used to be called the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, until the UUA realized that it was quite steadily losing congregations and decided to drop the word "congregations" from its name. . .

The UUA officially claims to have 1035 congregations today, but the UUA's official list of '2018 Certified Congregations by Region / District' says:

Total certified congregations, including those with no financial contribution: 981


The UUA habitually adds Non-Certified Congregations to its official membership statistics to boost the numbers, even though many if not most Non-Certified Congregations are arguably no longer member congregations of the
Unitarian Universalist Association.
The UUA's official list of '2018 Non-Certified Congregations by Region / District' says:

Total Congregations: 53




If one adds the 53 Non-Certified Congregations to the 981 Certified Congregations one arrives at a grand total of 1034 UUA congregations, not 135. A minor quibble, and it is possible that the UUA gained 1 new congregation after the 2018 "census" of congregations. The fact remains however that the UUA has only 981 *certified* congregations, and that the 53 non-certified congregations may well have broken away from the UUA years ago, if they even continue to exist at all. . .

I call bullshit on the
Unitarian Universalist Association's claim to have 135 UUA congregations in 2018. It probably has less than 1000 congregations, as per its list of certified UUA congregations, and I will add that many of the certified congregations are tiny, and barely viable as U*U "churches", The First UU Church of Milford (Milford, MA) is listed as a Certified UUA congregation even though it has 0 adult members, 0 RE enrollments, and 0 attendance on any given Sunday.

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