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Amid Flourishing Of Independence From Religious Groups, Unitarian Universalists Continue To Sputter

Late last year, I noted that, amid a rapid increase of Americans who declare them to be unaffiliated with any religious group, the number of Unitarian Universalists in the United States had shrunk so low that the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life could no longer accurately measure the size of the congregation independently in its general survey. What’s more, those small number of Unitarian Universalists remaining were becoming more culturally conservative and more apathetic and uninvolved in their congregations.

Unitarian Universalist decline

Number of Unitarian Universalists, 2010 to 2016

This spring, a new survey by the Pew Forum found a continuing increase among religiously unaffiliated Americans, but once again, though Unitarian Universalists have long claimed to be welcoming of religious independents, Unitarian Universalism has been unable to attract many among the younger generation. In fact, the number of Unitarian Universalists continues to shrink, down to under 155,000 this year.

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