Chutney asks about population versus Unitarian Universalist numbers: fair enough. We're just treading water, but sinking on a historical scale.
Since 2000, the United States has grown about 3.3%, which matches the rough 0.8-1.0% annual growth we've had for the last few decades.
Two sites for stats from the U.S. Census:
- eire.census.gov/popest/data/states/tables/NST-EST2003-02.php (Cumulative Population Change by State)
So, if we had 151,557 adult members in 1961, and there were about 183,700,000 Americans (not to mention Canadians and others), and if today there are an estimated 292,451,937 Americans, why are there not hundreds of thousands more members in our fellowship?
Sorry to be pedantic, but after scouring the UUA website for evidence that we can say the E word, I feel justifed in saying we still have a block around evangelism.
But me a drink and I'll tell you why . . . .