Already some great questions coming in through comments. Thanks Julian and Tom.
Do most UUs place substantial value on growth?
Are UUs as a whole happy to be small, homogeneous, “elite” community?
Regarding demographics, what was going on in the late sixties that led to a modest spike in UU membership and RE enrollment? Why the long term equilibrium since?
Tom writes “So, if we truly want to grow, what do we do? I suspect we need to upset this equilibrium. How do we do that? Well, I think this is a question that operations research analysts such as myself can’t answer. It is a question that growth consultants like Peter Bowden can’t answer. I think it is a question that our clergy, led by our new President, Rev. Peter Morales, must help us answer. As seekers, we come to this church looking for answers. We cannot find them alone. Yes, we can look to our hearts and to other UU’s but I think it is our clergy who need to take the lead in helping us, together, find the answers.”
I agree that we can’t find the answers alone. And I certainly agree that I’m not going to wave a magic wand and solve our issues. Heck, I don’t have the traditional facial hair required to be an effective UU authority figure, and haven’t been issued a wand yet.😉
I will say based on my 20+ years as a lay leader and periodic UUA staff member that we have a push-me-pull-you problem. We need lay leaders to lead AND for our clergy to lead AND for them to be going in the same direction. Oh, I know I ask a lot… Perhaps we can sort it out together.
TODAY: I’m working on a DVD for a video display at LREDA. I’ll be there Friday evening and Saturday. If you are attending and want to connect feel free to call my cell (sidebar).
THEN: I want to respond to Julian’s question about Youth & Young Adult ministries.