RevThom asked this in the comments of the last post,
I feel like Iâ€™m walking in the footsteps of giants.
I have a methodological question. Why do you discount new churches? It would seem that if we were growing by starting more churches, that is real growth.
My other methodological question: are you counting Canadian churches or not? I decided I would include only our congregations from the 50 states, DC, and San Juan.
Well, I am six-foot-four, but my bought-at-GA size 12 Doc Marten's are (literally) pretty narrow: I'm sure you stand on your own. To your questions.
- I don't count new churches in the percentage changes because I'm looking at continuity of membership numbers. I still hope I have my workup of 2003 numbers, and then I'll have three years to review. I count new congregations apart. Three, so far, with 108 members.
- I do count Canadian congregations -- indeed, the overseas ones, too -- and only exclude them when making percentage of populations figures. I wish the ambiguous "includes non-UUs" memo associated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippies was clearer. If the UUCP isn't "federated" then how could a member not be a UU, if only for census purposes?
And my minister, Adam, asked
Scott, what do you mean about Fall River? Are you saying that when Eliot Church registers that it will be marked as being a non-paying baddie (Sp?)? Just curious, also, what are your two minds on this? If this is the case my mind is also cloven in twain (sp again?)â€¦
The Unitarian Society of Fall River, Mass., and now All Souls UU, Bellville, Ohio, is marked "none" and the legend at the top of the page notes:
All are certified to send voting delegates to General Assembly 2005 except those with the notation "None" in the "FC" column (Financial Contribution between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004).
I don't know any more than that. My mind is also cleft.
- Deadbeats need to held accountable, or else explain why not support the mission of the UUA. (I think this is possible, but won't waste time on hypotheticals.)
- On the other hand, will it do any good? I would like measures be practical, not merely symbolic or represenational. Plus, is it a hostile and highhanded action? Were the congregations warned?
And now we're up to 461 registered.